Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get It Published [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ideas—and 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 ...
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Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get It Published

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Overview

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 ideas—and 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393340211
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 436,360
  • File size: 338 KB

Meet the Author

Alfred Fortunato is a freelance editor and writer.

Susan Rabiner is the former editorial director of Basic Books. She was a senior editor at Oxford University Press and Pantheon Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A perfect book for writing a perfect proposal

    I highly recommend this book if you thinking about writing a serious nonfiction book for the general trade market. The authors show the reader how to craft a proposal and outline a book that will appeal to both editors and intelligent readers. In addition, they give the reader all the necessary information, from finding a publisher or agent to dealing with an edited manuscript. The only problem is the sample proposal at the end of the book -- it is so well-written (the author of the proposal earned a Pulitzer Prize) it risks giving the reader writer's block. Seriously, this is a perfect book for anyone new to publishing and for those helping anyone new to publishing -- get published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    A Helpful Reference

    The authors do a very good job of showing how to get a manuscript ready and presenting it to an editor or agent. It uses step by step advice with an appendix that includes actual examples. It would be helpful for independent writers or undergrad or graduate level students who are looking to publish their theses. Their experience in both agency and editing gives it real authority.

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