Writer's Handbook 2005

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The venerable directory of magazines, books publishers, and literary agents—now in its 69th edition—includes essays by success stories such as Erica Jong; advice on everything from creating a worthy villain to entering literary contests, from genre experts and fiction favorites including Dennis Lehane, Sara Paretsky, Anne Tyler, and Jonathan Franzen; and a reference section outlining practical information such as submission procedures, copyright basics, and commonly misused words. The Writer Books is an imprint of Kalmbach Trade Press; distributed by Watson-Guptill. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871162120
  • Publisher: Writer, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition number: 69
  • Pages: 1003
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 15
Articles
Success in Freelance Writing
Freelance 101 19
10 Easy Ways to Get Story Ideas 30
Know Your Audience 32
Hooks for Magazine Articles 36
Killer Queries for Articles 39
A No-Fret, No-Sweat Plan to Get It Done 46
10 Tips for Freelance Success 50
15 Ways to Find Time to Write 53
Get Your Book Published
Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal 59
Pitch Perfect: Write a Fiction or Nonfiction Pitch 64
5 Seconds to Catch a Fiction Editor's Eye 69
Literary Contests: Paths to Publication 73
Is a Small Press a Good Fit? 79
A Guide to Successful Self-Publishing 83
Basics of Self-Promotion for Authors 90
Promote Your Book Online 97
A Blueprint for Writers 101
The Craft of Writing
A Writer's Notebook 111
A Key to Success: Write More 119
A Fiction Writer's Checklist 124
Erik Larson: Choose & Research the Right Topic 127
Research for Novels 131
Writing Historical Fiction 135
More Than a Place 141
Three Writers on Plot (with advice from Dennis Lehane, Gayle Lynds, and Stuart Woods) 146
Paint Your Prose 151
Move into the Winner's Circle 153
The Writing Process (with advice from Susan Orlean, Ann Rule, Lois Lowry, Terry McMillan, Antoya Nelson, Christopher Paolini, M.J. Rose, Tracy Kidder, Thisbe Nissen, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Parker, Dennis Lehane, Suzan-Lori Parks, Christina Schwarz, Caroline Hwang, Sue Grafton, Paule Marshall, Alan Lightman, Allison Pearson, and Ruth Reichl) 158
Creating a Worthy Villain 164
Making Up Good Characters (with advice from Hal Blythe & Charlie Sweet, Anne Tyler, Alan Furst, M.J. Rose, Donna Tartt, John Irving, Jonathan Harris, Anne Lamott, Jonathan Franzen, Dean Koontz, J.A. Jance, Anita Shreve, Carl Hiaassen, and Philip Danze) 171
Writing for Specialized Markets
Creating Characters in Poetry 179
First-Scene Essentials for Your Screenplay 184
Keep Your Screenplay on Track 188
Paranormal Romance 196
Think Like a Teenager 200
Take Your Story to the Crossroads 204
Pieces of the Mystery Puzzle (with advice from Nevada Barr, Peter Robinson, Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller, Elizabeth Peters, Tess Collins, William G. Tapply, Evan Hunter (Ed McBain), Ian Rankin, Gwendoline Butler, and P.D. James) 212
Writing for Business Markets 219
Writing for Alumni Magazines 225
Reference Section
Submission Procedures 231
Basics of Copyrights & Contracts 240
Commonly Misused Words 246
Books & Websites 250
Glossary: Key Terms for Writers 259
Markets
Nonfiction Magazines
Abilities 265
Agriculture & Rural Life 268
Animals & Pets 275
Arts & Architecture 281
Associations 286
Automotive 289
Aviation 292
Business 294
Career & Professional Development 308
Computers 311
Consumer & Personal Finance 314
Contemporary Culture 315
Current Events & Politics 318
Education 325
Environment, Conservation, Nature 335
Ethnic & Multicultural 343
Family & Parenting 353
Film, TV, Entertainment 363
Fitness 368
Food & Wine 373
Games & Pastimes 377
Gay & Lesbian 379
General Interest 382
Health 388
History 396
Hobbies, Crafts, Collecting 405
Home & Garden 419
Humor 429
In-Flight Magazines 430
Inspirational 432
Juvenile 433
Lifestyles 447
Men's 451
Military 453
New Age & Spiritual 456
Performing Arts 459
Regional & City 465
Religion 491
Science 513
Seniors 517
Sports, Recreation, Outdoors 521
Teens 546
Trade & Technical 553
Travel 567
Wedding 577
Women 578
Writing & Publishing 586
Fiction & Poetry Magazines
Fiction for Young Writers 597
Literary Magazines 600
Mystery & Detective 667
Romance & Confession 669
Science Fiction & Fantasy 671
Book Publishers
General Adult Books 679
Juvenile Books 803
Religious Books 829
Other Markets & Resources
Agents 843
Arts Councils 868
Colonies for Writers 877
Conferences & Workshops 885
Contests & Awards 906
Greeting Card Publishers 938
Organizations 942
Syndicates 951
Writing Programs 955
Main Index 963
Contest Index 999
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