Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

by Robert Masello
     
 

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A witty and candid firsthand account — for writers by a writer — on how to write, sell, publish, and promote a book.

This invaluable book is written by a working writer — not a professor, not a publisher, not an editor, not an agent. Robert Masello is a writer who speaks his mind with absolute candor on everything aspiring book authors need to know

Overview

A witty and candid firsthand account — for writers by a writer — on how to write, sell, publish, and promote a book.

This invaluable book is written by a working writer — not a professor, not a publisher, not an editor, not an agent. Robert Masello is a writer who speaks his mind with absolute candor on everything aspiring book authors need to know. He explains the publishing process step by step -what to expect, how it works, and what authors can do at each point to keep things going smoothly. Equally important, Masello has a lot of fun doing it. His book is filled with sometimes hilarious anecdotes from his own experiences in the trenches of publishing.

Writer Tells All covers many topics along the way, both large and small, including the things every writer needs to know: choosing a book topic (fiction or nonfiction), writing the proposal, selecting an agent, understanding book contracts, finding an editor, losing an editor, following the production process from manuscript to bound book, using your own savvy and contacts to maximize the effect of marketing, and publicizing the finished product.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published, Robert Masello, who has already written 13 other books, including A Friend in the Business, delivers exactly what his title promises, and he does it in a spirit of camaraderie and good fun. Although Masello's enthusiasm can make his prose long-winded, he covers everything from the idea of writing a book, to getting an agent and working with an editor, to promotion and sales. Writers who dream of being published will find the insights from Masello's many anecdotes well worth the effort. ( Apr. 10) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Do we really need another book telling novice writers the tricks of the trade? Apparently, Masello (Raising Hell, Berkeley Publishing Group, 1996) thinks so. Not so much a how-to summary of the finer points of composition and rhetoric, this is instead a guide to the competitive world of book publishing that takes the amateur writer on a journey from burgeoning idea through book tours, television interviews, and future book proposals. Along the way, we learn the difference between a book editor and a copy editor, how to negotiate a deal, the importance of cover art, the problems with genre snobbery, and how to combat the effects of celebrity. While all of this might be unfamiliar territory to most beginning writers and therefore of some interest, Masello's anecdotal style and name-dropping approach is more entertaining than informative and glosses over the necessary elements of talent, discipline, and technical skill. A lightweight contribution to an over crowded field; buy only as needed. Denise Sticha, Murrysville Community Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805065510
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Masello is the author of three novels and ten nonfiction books, including A Fri in the Business. He has taught writing classes at the Columbia University School of Journalism and UCLA Extension. He is currently executive story editor for the Aaron Spelling television series Charmed.

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