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How would you like to become the next John Gray or Mark Victor Hansen? The enormously successful authors of the bestselling Mars and Venus and Chicken Soup for the Soul books weren't always so famous or prosperous. Just like you, they once only dreamed of making it to the top. How they—and 58 other bestselling writers—made it big is revealed inside, along with the tips you'll need to make it onto the ...
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Overview

How would you like to become the next John Gray or Mark Victor Hansen? The enormously successful authors of the bestselling Mars and Venus and Chicken Soup for the Soul books weren't always so famous or prosperous. Just like you, they once only dreamed of making it to the top. How they—and 58 other bestselling writers—made it big is revealed inside, along with the tips you'll need to make it onto the bestseller lists. You'll learn the secrets to:

Turning a good idea into a bestselling book
Writing book proposals that will reel in the big advances
Finding—and keeping—the right agent
Discovering the best promotional possibilities for you and your book
And much, much more!


"People always ask me for advice on how to get their books published successfully. Now I can refer them to You Can Make It Big Writing Books—one of the best reference books on this subject."—Nelson Demille, author of The General's Daughter


"Don't even think about writing a book until you read this. Jeff Herman tells it like it is in today's publishing world."—Arielle Ford, publicist and author


"Conveys what it takes to become a bestselling author: the discipline, the perseverance, the knowledge, and the passion."—John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus


About the Author

Jeff Herman
is the owner of the Jeff Herman Literary Agency, one of New York's leading agencies for writers. He frequently speaks to writer's groups and conferences on the topic of getting published and can be reached atwww.jeffherman.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761513629
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/8/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Section One: Authors Who Made It Big

1. The Marathoners

Carmen Renee Berry

Jennifer Blake

Loren D. Estleman

Sandra Scoppettone

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Margaret Chittenden

Elizabeth Winthrop

Charles Ghigna

Patricia Rushford

2. The Heavyweights

John Gray

Nelson DeMille

Mark Victor Hansen

Dave Pelzer

Barry Sears

James Finn Garner

Charlotte Vale Allen

Lois Duncan

Joel Hirschhorn

Steven Mitchell Sack

Naura Hayden

3. The Producers

Rosalyn Alsobrook

Harlan Coben

Annette Meyers

Patricia Polacco

Nancy Bartholomew

E. C. Ayres

Tian Dayton

Linda Joy Singleton

Christopher Belton

Vicki Hinze

Deb Stover

Kathleen Duey

Ed Gorman

Thomas J. Leonard

4. The Promoters

Ralph Roberts

Ann Marie Sabath

Willie Jolley

Barry Farber

Barbara Burnett Smith

Bob Shook

Evelyn Coleman

Jeff Slutsky

Beatty Cohan and Elliot Cohan

Dr. Howard Rosenthal

5. The Niche Authors

Carol Adrienne

Burl Barer

Judy Guggenheim

Margaret Coel

Shirley Kennett

Mary Doria Russell

Joanna Wayne

Audrey Schulman

Kate Flora

Linda Meeks

Elaine Viets

Jeanette Baker

Patty Sleem

Dirk Wyle

Jo Beverly

Verla Kay

Joyce Christmas

Troy Soos

Section 2: How You Can Make It Big

6. Reality Check

7. Creating Product That Sizzles

8. Gaining Access to the Mysterious World of Publishing

9. Promoting Your Book to the Big Time

Feature Interview: Stephen Hall Harrison

Feature Interview: Arlynn Greenbaum

Feature Interview: Steve O'Keefe

10. Getting Out of Your Own Way

Afterword The Secret Ingredients of Making It Big

Index

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    Posted March 23, 2000

    A MUST READ FOR WRITERS

    This book is well worth the read. Whether you are an aspiring writer or someone who has already been published, this book seems to have something for everyone. I enjoyed reading about successful authors' experiences and about the inside secrets to getting a book published and then how to make it sell. The book was inspiring, insightful, and a fun read!

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