Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Book Publishing Industry

Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Book Publishing Industry


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There is a certain perception from the outside that the publishing industry is a near insurmountable fortress, with gatekeepers and naysayers manning the turrets looking for any way to fire a flaming arrow at the dreams of an aspiring writer. Funny You Should Ask, based on the popular Writer's Digest column of the same name, assists to deconstruct, inform, and illuminate the path to publication and beyond, all while dispelling the rumor that those in the industry are better than thou.

And even though each writer's publishing journey is like a game of PLINKO—you can drop the chip in the same slot every time and get a different result—there are still common constructs and confusions that can be shared and explored together in order to help inform all writers. From understanding the nuts and bolts of a query letter, to learning how to process the soul-searing envy of watching someone else's career flourish, to how to talk to your editor, veteran literary agent Barbara Poelle covers the approach and execution of the common and uncommon bumps along the traditional publishing path.


   • More than 100 questions answered including expanded answers to topics that didn't get the full treatment in a column
   • Writing exercises, submission checklists, and publishing BINGO for every publishing milestone

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440355073
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 226,231
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication/Acknowledgments iii

About the Author v

Foreword Holly Root 1

Introduction 5

Part 1 Craft 9

Part 2 Finding and Working With an Agent 61

Part 3 Working With an Editor and Publisher 137

Conclusion 185

Agent Worksheet 187

Poelle Publishing Bingo 191

Reader, Writer, Consumer Worksheet 199

Writing Exercise 1 Getting Started: 24 in 24 Worksheet 201

Writing Exercise 2 Finding the Pivot Using Character Construction 205

Writing Exercise 3 Loosening the Sticking Place 211

Index 212

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