Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Publishedby Susan Rabiner, Alfred Fortunato
Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideasand substantial sales. This is the book
Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideasand substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:• why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions;• how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work;• how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore;• why the most important chapter is your introduction;• why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction;• why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible.Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.
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Susan Rabiner is the former editorial director of Basic Books. She was a senior editor at Oxford University Press and Pantheon Books.
Alfred Fortunato is a freelance editor and writer.
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Writers of serious non-fiction could stop papering their walls with rejection slips if they'd just read this one publication before writing another word! Being successful editors themselves, Susan Rabiner and Al Fortunato reveal secrets previously known only to the leaders within the trade, and offering expert advice, they spill the beans about why some get publishing contracts seemingly easy while others with equally well written manuscripts get rejected. This book is a MUST for writers of non fiction who seriously expect to be published.
Al and Susan are two great writers,as well as teachers.This is one of the most helpful books I have found on this subject... from Marea, a former student of their course.
It's not a suprise to me that my instructor Susan is the author of such highly rated easy guide book. because I know that B&N UNI. will bring the best for there stundent. This book and other recommended ones must be in my library. more gease to your elbow.