Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals

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Every writer wants to publish as widely as possible, and this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. This sprightly guide enables readers to expand their markets and increase sales by learning how to make the perfect pitch to magazines, ...
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Overview

Every writer wants to publish as widely as possible, and this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. This sprightly guide enables readers to expand their markets and increase sales by learning how to make the perfect pitch to magazines, publishers, corporations, and other potential clients. This indispensable resource provides writers with successful approaches to such topics as how to craft a query letter, create a nonfiction or fiction book proposal, approach newspapers with a column or syndication idea, get corporate freelancing jobs, and win a writing grant. Interviews with experts in a variety of fields and dozens of new examples of successful pitches, queries and proposals enliven and illustrate the text. Beginning and experienced writers will find this the perfect one-of-a-kind, desktop reference for developing the market approaches they need to sell their work.
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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent resource book that's sure to find an eager audience."
Karen S. Wiesner
"Whether you write articles, novels, nonfiction books, business material, or something in between, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches, and Proposals is brimming with valuable information for you. Allen and a host of experienced writers offer everything from submission basics to venturing boldly into cyberspace. This should be required reading for all writers!"
award-winning author of Electronic Publishing: The Definitive Guide and The Productive Writer (or how to avoid carpal tunnel with all those revisions)
Patricia Lucas White
"Concise, straight to the point, with excellent and easily understandable examples, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals answered questions I wasn't even aware I had. It is that good-and I would recommend that every beginning writer grab it, read it, underline pertinent passages, and follow Ms. Allen's knowledgeable advice.
Crescent
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
"This book is an excellent resource for beginning and experienced writers, packed with useful tips and practical examples. In addition to covering essential topics such as writing queries for articles and books, syndication, and writing columns, it also discusses alternative publishing methods, grants, networking, and other opportunities for writers. Highly recommended."
Founder, Inkspot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581150995
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Perfect Pitch: Ten Steps to a Winning Proposal
Step 1: Research the Market
Step 2: Research the Competition
Step 3: Follow the Guidelines
Step 4: Prepare Your Manuscript Properly
Step 5: Send an SASE
Step 6: Follow Up Appropriately
Step 7: Be Professional
Step 8: Expect and Accept Rejection
Step 9: Hone Your Skills
Step 10: Keep Trying

Chapter 1 Resources
References
Useful Web Sites
More Basic Writing Sites

SECTION 1: QUERYING PERIODICALS

Chapter 2: Writing the (Almost) Perfect Query
Why Query?
Benefits for All
Essentials of an Effective Query
Format
Clips
Response Time

Chapter 3: Query Letters that Worked
Figure 1: Query to Byline
Figure 2: Query to Traditional Quiltworks
Figure 3: Query to Inklings
Figure 4: Query to Entrepreneur Magazine
Figure 5: Query to Cats Magazine
Figure 6: Query to Inklings
Figure 7: Query to Fine Gardening
Figure 8: Query to Inkspot

Chapter 4: Queries that Break the Rules
E-mail Queries
Queries to Editors You Know Error! Bookmark not defined.

Chapter 5: Newspaper Queries (by Amy Chavez)
How to Read the Masthead
Making Contact
Op-Ed, Travel, and Feature Articles
Three Ways to Make Your Query Irresistible
Section 1 Resources
General
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Magazine and Newspaper Lists
Publications That List Markets

SECTION 2: COLUMNS and SYNDICATION
Chapter 6: Selling a Column
Choosing a Market
Columns and Credentials
The Basic Column Proposal

Chapter 7: Self-Syndicating Your Column
Choose a Topic
Select Your Markets
Define Your Terms
Prepare Your Package
Follow Up and Move On
How I Became a Syndicated Columnist (by Debbie Farmer)

Chapter 8: How to Become a Syndicated Columnist
(by Amy Chavez)
How to Make Your Column Idea Stand Out
How to Approach a Syndicate

Chapter 9: How to Become an International Columnist
Target a Newspaper
Find a Hot Column Topic
Propose Your Column
Sell Reprints
Online Support

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References
Syndicates
Newspapers

SECTION 3: SELLING A NONFICTION BOOK
Chapter 10: Preparing a Nonfiction Book ProposalFinding the Right Publisher
Essentials of a Proposal
The Overview
Chapter-by-Chapter Summary
Author Bio
Supporting Materials
When to "Pitch" Instead of "Propose"
Chapter 11: Two Sample Nonfiction Proposals
Proposal for writing.com (by Moira Allen)
Proposal for New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats
(by Amy Shojai)

Chapter 12: Pitching to International Book Publishers
(by Huw Francis)
Where in the World Should You Look for a Publisher?
Target Markets
Marketing
Submitting Your Proposal

Section 3 Resources
Book Publishers
Electronic Publishers
Market Reference Books

SECTION 4: THE FICTION PROPOSAL
Chapter 13: A Novel Proposal
Submitting Your Novel: A Step-by-Step Guide
The Query
The Novel Synopsis
The Proposal Package

Chapter 14: Seeking an Agent
What an Agent Offers a Writer
What an Agent Expects of You
What to Watch Out For When Seeking an Agent
How to Locate an Agent
Approaching an Agent
Writing the Agent Query (by Tara K. Harper)
Pitching Your Novel at a Conference
A Final Word: On Simultaneous Queries

Chapter 15: The Fiction Query Letter (by Lynn Flewelling)
The Writer's Calling Card
A Few Additional Basics

Chapter 16: Sample Novel Synopsis (by Sharon Ihle)

Chapter 17: Anatomy of a Synopsis (by Rebecca Vinyard
The Setup
Plot Points and Conflict
The Action
Climax and Resolution

Chapter 18: Display Sites: An Alternative to the Query/ Synopsis Process? (by A.C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss)
What Display Sites Offer
Do They Work?
Perils and Pitfalls
Do Agents and Publishers Visit?
Questions to Ask Before Using a Display Site

Chapter 19: E-publishing, Subsidy Publishing and Self-Publishing: Viable Alternatives?
Electronic Publishing
Self-Publishing versus Subsidy Publishing: Know the Difference!
Why Not Self-Publish First, Then Seek a Publisher?
Section 4 Resources
Agents
Book Publishers
Display Sites
Electronic Publishers
Scam Warnings
Subsidy, Electronic, and Self-Publishing
Other Useful Sites
Market Reference Books

SECTION 5: OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Chapter 20: Speaking and Teaching
Why Speak?
Writers' Conferences
Speaking Locally
Teaching a Class

Chapter 21: Chat Your Way to Sales (by MaryJanice Davidson
Finding Chat Opportunities
Proposing a Chat
Preparing for Your Chat

Chapter 22: Writing for the Business World
Understanding the Market
Making Contact
Bidding on a Job

Chapter 23: Grants for Writers (by Kelleen Zubick and Maryo Ewell)
Resources
Types of Support
Crafting Successful Applications
Preparing Application-Specific Materials
When to Give Up
Section 5 Resources
Business and Technical Writing
Speaking and Teaching Opportunities
Online Classes
Grants and Proposals
A Final Word: Capitalizing on Success
INDEX

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