Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published

Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published

by Martin P. Levin


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Why sacrifice ten to fifteen percent of your book advance to a commissioned agent when you don'¬?t have to? If you'¬?re a talented writer with a head for details, you can prepare your manuscript, pitch it to publishers, secure an offer, and negotiate your contract without using an agent or spending hundreds of dollars on a publishing lawyer. In this revised and updated edition of BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT, fifty-year publishing veteran Martin P. Levin walks first-time authors through the intimidating process of selling their work with a clear, intelligent, and supportive approach that works. Sample letters and proposals show you exactly how to write a query letter, compile an author bio, phrase a book summary, organize a sample chapter, and more. With a clean manuscript in your hand and BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT in your pocket, publishing success is virtually assured.‚Ä¢ Includes a glossary of publishing terms, a list of publishers most likely to read and accept a first-time author'¬?s book, and a handy manuscript submission record.‚Ä¢ The new edition covers how to get published on the Internet and protect electronic rights, and includes new copyright terms for authors.‚Ä¢ Original edition sold over 20,000 copies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580083386
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: 3RD
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

As a publishing executive, MARTIN P. LEVIN was involved in publishing books by Stephen King, Erica Jong, Ken Follet, Gay Talese, and many others. After his retirement at sixty-five, he passed the bar and joined a prestigious intellectual property law firm. He is an adjunct professor at the New York Law School, a teaching fellow at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, and the 1999 American Association winner of the Curtis Benjamin Award for lifetime achievement in publishing. Levin lives in New York and Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionvii
1Selling the First Book: Stories of the Rich and Famous1
2Making Your Book the Best It Can Be8
3The Eight-Step Program for Selling Your Book14
4Finding the Best Publisher for Your Book23
5What Goes On Behind Closed Doors40
6The Book Proposal: Where the Author and Editor Meet49
7Models--Query Letter, Cover Letter, Summary, Table of Contents, Sample Chapter, and Bio58
Nonfiction Query Letter60
Fiction Query Letter62
Nonfiction Cover Letter64
Fiction Cover Letter66
Nonfiction Summary68
Nonfiction Table of Contents73
Nonfiction Expanded Table of Contents75
Fiction Sample Chapter79
Nonfiction Sample Chapter84
Resume Bio92
Proposal 1Don Juan de Marco95
Proposal 2Bed Ahead: The Complete (but Opinionated) Hostel Ratings Guide107
8The Editor and the First-Time Author Negotiate120
9Creating Contract Literacy131
10The Contract Reality Check155
The Tool Kit: Appendixes A-D
APubSpeak--The Publishing Industry's Private Language: A Glossary187
BHow to Use Literary Market Place to Find Your Publisher, Editor, and Leading Publishers by Category197
CBest Bets--The Publishers Most Likely to Read and Accept Your Book208
DManuscript Submission Record232
About the Author234

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