You Were Born To Be Published

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Do you have a story or a message that just keeps dogging you and just won't let you go? Every time that your gaze falls upon a bestseller list, do you wonder why your name is not on it? Are friends, family members, and/or colleagues continually commenting on how much they love to read your letters? Would publication of your work land you the professional praise or tenure that you seek? If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, "You were born to be published," says author Tom Bird, founder of The Tom Bird Method ...
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Overview

Do you have a story or a message that just keeps dogging you and just won't let you go? Every time that your gaze falls upon a bestseller list, do you wonder why your name is not on it? Are friends, family members, and/or colleagues continually commenting on how much they love to read your letters? Would publication of your work land you the professional praise or tenure that you seek? If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, "You were born to be published," says author Tom Bird, founder of The Tom Bird Method T, which offers, no matter what you write, a proven system for getting your writing published.

Some of the central themes to be covered in this book include:

. Seeing your book in print in as little as twenty days

. Learning the secrets behind getting published that other authors don't want you to know

. Getting paid for your book before it is even written

. Receiving offers to get your book published or represented by a top literary agent in as little as a few hours

. Discovering everything you need to know about protecting your work from being stolen.

Tom Bird employed all of the orthodox methods for getting published and met with nothing but frustration and failure. So he finally decided to develop his own strategy for not only writing a book quickly, easily, and enjoyably, but getting whatever it is he wrote published, The Tom Bird Method T.

Six weeks after doing so, at the age of twenty-six, Tom sold his first book to, at that time, the third largest publisher in the world, for an amount equivalent to three times his yearly salary as The Assistant Director of Publicity with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sincethen, Tom, who has gone onto publish fifteen other books and whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines, has shared his Eleven Laws through over 3,000 appearances at more than 100 top college and university campuses, and has helped thousands of writers in securing a publishing deal.

He details in this book not only his own successes, but his methods for leading so many others to their literary dreams. As a result, you will find everything you need to know to publish whatever it is that you write. If you ever wanted to publish, for whatever reason, and/or felt that you were born to be published, this book is for you.

Tom resides in Sedona, Arizona, with Tammy Kelly, their daughter Skyla, and their two dogs, five cats, and two birds.
"I can't thank you enough for helping me fulfill my heart's deepest desire..."-Debra Blais, Author of Letting Your Heart Sing.


"Thank you for showing me how to get published...over 200,000 books sold to date..."- Jan Larkey, Author of Flatter Your Figure, Simon & Schuster
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970725868
  • Publisher: Sojourn, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Put your passion into action

    Outstanding... the system presented in this book is simple enough for the unpublished writer to follow, motivating enough to follow it, and detailed enough to follow through, each step of the way. Tom Bird answers every reason for not getting published in this inspiring, common sense manual. He assumes we writers want to make a positive difference in the world, and that we need to make a living. Right on! This book introduces the world of publishing in a step by step way. The author is well aware of how frightening this can be to a novice. He gives generously of his own positive attitude, and addresses each concern with practical strategies. The eleven 'laws' that organize the book function more as a motivational 'ladder' than as a useful list. The 90+ pages of examples, to do lists, and resources are worth the price of admission, alone. If you are looking for a book to inspire and inform you, this is the perfect one. Forget lethargy, passivity, and inaction. Forget ruthless self-criticism! The success stories of new writers will renew your faith in your own unique contribution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Tom Bird Nails It Again

    Tom Bird gives you the nuts & bolts of publishing in an easy-to-learn intuitive manner. He breaks down publishing your book, whether fiction or non-fiction, into simple chunks of information. Just like in 'Write From God' or 'Releasing Your Artist Within,' with Tom's fresh approach and deep industry knowledge, he distills the essence of publishing into a handful of simple guidelines. These guidelines or laws range from, 'Always write what you feel most strongly about...' to 'If you are so led, collaborating on a book with a well-known source or celebrity is a great way to get published fast.' Tom provides substantial supporting information such as a checklist for self-publishing, sample query letters and sample book proposals. 'You Were Born To Be Published...' is a great tool for you to become the published writer that you want to be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Some nuggets among the sludge

    Shouldn't someone who teaches writing and publishing have an editor whose spell check program at the very least deletes the 'a' from 'heafty' before putting the book into print? This type of pervasive sloppiness, along with a little too much oddly placed self-promotion, distracted me from the main message, which is how to get a book or magazine article published. On the plus side, it does appear that anyone can get published, with perseverence and time and effort, especially if one happens to be buddies with a famous person in need of a ghostwriter. There are some good references to valuable resources, including one web site that is misspelled once but spelled correctly another time. And the book has a very positive, encouraging tone, which may provide stuck would-be published authors with the impetus to get those hundred letters to literary agents out sooner rather than later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Get Published--Really

    As a published author with my share of rejection slips, I find Tom Bird¿s book a fresh breeze. That¿s because it¿s the no-bull guide to getting published. His eleven laws frequently conflict with the conventional wisdom. He tells you don¿t even try to go to a traditional publisher without an agent. Don¿t send manuscripts until the agent likes your query letter. Make your letter one page. Don¿t expect the publisher to spend a fortune on marketing your book unless you¿re a famous author. Realize that print-on-demand is the way of the future (or even the present). Face the costs of writing and publishing realistically. Write what you know and are passionate about. And on and on. He also points out the multidimensional roles you have to take if you¿re going to self-publish¿writer, editor, publisher, marketer, publicity agent, business manager. You have to be a literary schizophrenic! Stuff I know from hard experience is right! I have read a number of authors on getting published, but none has the ring of reality that Tom Bird does. --William Waters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    You Were Born to be Published by Tom Bird

    So, you¿ve just completed your first opus, and you¿re pretty proud of yourself. After all, this could just be the Great American Novel. Little do you know that, even though your manuscript is finished, your work has only just begun! There are miles to go between ¿The End¿ and that Oprah interview. You¿re a babe in the woods. You are about to enter the world of agents, queries, proposals, copyrights, contracts, publicity and promotion, and you are a deer in headlights. You haven¿t a clue about the many procedures, options and decisions that lie ahead of you, not to mention the many landmines in your way that will derail your progress to the top of the best-seller list. Enter Tom Bird with his roadmap to getting there. He has been down this road, through the trials and tribulations and, finally, with his own method, to the successes of book publishing. This book is a gem, a ¿must have¿ for any first-time writer. It is not only comprehensive, but concise, succinct, clear, and very easy to use. It is well organized, and loaded with examples of query letters and proposal submissions to help jump start the process of getting published. You Were Born to be¿Published will be an indispensable reference book on any writer¿s shelf.

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