Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]


Everything you need to succeed in the business of writing!

You have the ideas and the desire&#150but how do you get your writing published? Find out here! Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to achieve long-term success in an ever-changing industry.

This authoritative guide ...

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Everything you need to succeed in the business of writing!

You have the ideas and the desire&#150but how do you get your writing published? Find out here! Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to achieve long-term success in an ever-changing industry.

This authoritative guide explores the ins and outs of the business of writing to provide you with:

  • an exclusive look at the latest publishing industry trends
  • guidelines for writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, and scripts
  • techniques for conducting productive research
  • innovative marketing and self-promotion strategies
  • a comprehensive look at viable self-publishing options
  • contract negotiation tips that really work
  • a pricing guide so that you always know what your work is worth in the marketplace
  • a glossary of publishing terms to give you a competitive edge

Plus, get insider tips from magazine and book editors and successful freelancer writers on what works&#150and what doesn't.

With Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published, you'll know exactly what it takes to get your work out into the marketplace, get it published, and get paid for it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599631516
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/3/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition 1

Part 1 Your Writing Game Plan

1 The (Brave New) Writer's World 5

The Magazine Market Up Close 5

The World of Books 11

Charting Your Path: Books or Magazines? 21

Getting Started 23

2 From Idea to Market 27

The Great Idea 28

To Market 31

Resources 34

3 Get Off Your Butt and Write 37

Choose to Write 38

Make Writing a Habit 39

Your Writing Plan 41

4 Researching Your Ideas 46

Finding the Right Information 48

The Internet 48

Libraries 53

Business and Government Sources 55

Tips and Tricks for Effective Research 58

Part 2 TO Market, TO Market

5 Before You Write That Query Letter 63

Building Your Platform: Your Number One Job 63

Do I Need a Literary Agent? 69

OK, So How Do I Get One? 72

Preparing Yourself for a Wall of Rejection 77

Resources 81

6 Selling Your Articles 83

Avoiding Rejection 84

Finding Magazine Markets for Your Ideas 86

Stringing for Newspapers 91

Crafting a Query Letter 92

Resources 99

Sample Queries 101

7 Selling Your Nonfiction Book 103

Finding a Publisher 103

Make Your Book Competitive 106

Crafting a Book Query Letter 107

Crafting a Book Proposal 118

Resources 125

8 Selling Your Fiction 128

Selling Your Short Stories 129

Selling Your Novel 133

Crafting a Fiction Proposal 140

A Note on Promotion 143

Resources 145

Sample Novel Query Letter 150

Sample Novel Cover Letter 151

Sample Response to Cover Letter 152

Sample Short Synopsis 153

Sample Long Synopsis 155

9 Selling Your Script 160

Write Your Own Calling Card 160

Form and Format 163

Finding an Agent 164

Market the Script on Your Own: Television 166

Market the Script on Your Own: Film 168

Making the Pitch 170

Understand the Business 173

Resources 175

10 Selling TO Corporations 178

Finding Your Own Opportunities 179

Advertising and PR 181

Technical Writing 184

Catalog Copy 188

Copyediting and Proofreading 190

Indexing 193

Ghostwriting 196

11 What About Self-Publishing and Print on Demand? 198

The Bad Old Days 199

Are You a Self-Starter? 202

Oh, the Many Hats You'll Wear 205

Five Guidelines for Picking a Reputable Self-Publisher 211

When Publishers Come Calling...Finally 212

Resources 214

Part 3 Building Your Readership

12 A Crash Course in Marketing and Publicity 218

What Is Marketing? 218

What Is Publicity? 223

Publicizing Your Book 226

Resources 232

13 Websites, Blogs, Podcasts, and Social Networking 234

Your Website 235

Blogging 238

Podcasting 244

Social Networking 246

Resources 254

14 Fifty Ideas to Get The Word Out about Your Book 256

Before Your Book Is Published 256

Learning About the Industry and Getting Known 260

Using Your Website, Blog, and E-mail 262

Hacking Through the Amazon Jungle 264

Radio and Podcasting 266

When the Book Is Published 268

Signings and Appearances 270

Book Clubs 272

Some Niche Options 273

Nice Authors Finish First: Working Well with People 274

Part 4 Your Writing Business

15 Contracts, Agents, and The Fine Print 278

Your Rights 278

Electronic and Digital Rights 281

Magazine Contracts 284

Book Contracts 285

Agents and Attorneys 291

Legal Issues 293

Resources 296

16 Finances for Writers 299

Setting Up Your Business 299

Records and Accounts 302

Your Income 303

Tax Issues for Writers 305

Saving for the Future 311

Insurance 313

17 Finding A Writing Community 315

Organizations for Writers 315

Critique Groups 317

Is a Writers' Colony Right for You? 321

Getting the Most out of Writers' Conferences 323

Money for Nothing: Grants, Fellowships, and Contests 325

Appendix A Pricing Guide 334

Knowing What to Charge 334

Hourly Rate Calculation 335

Project Rate Calculation 338

Keep Track of Time 339

Negotiating for More 340

Raising Your Rates 341

Sample Fees 343

Resources 346

Appendix B Glossary of Publishing Terms 347

Index 359

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