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There’s never been a better time to be an author. Books likethe Harry Potter series create a media phenomenon, with peoplelining up and camping outside bookstores to purchase newly releasedtitles. Yet book sales overall – not just those ofmega-sellers – are on the rise, as more and morepeople seek knowledge and entertainment through reading. TheLibrary of Congress currently registers about 60,000 new titles forcopyright each year. 60,000 books by 60,000 authors. Imagineyourself as one.
Getting Your Book Published For Dummies is your completeguide to realizing whatever gem of an idea you’ve beencarrying with you. If you’ve ever thought, “this wouldmake a really good book,” be it the next great American novelor a guide to naming babies, here’s your chance to put pen topaper and find out! Written from both sides of the editor’sdesk – by a widely published writer and aHarperCollins veteran publisher – this guide putsin your hand the advice you need to:
- Pick an idea
- Approach the publisher
- Craft proposals and queries
- Work with agents, or act as your own
- Negotiate a contract
- Create the actual book
- Sell your published book
Full of examples, proposals, query letters, and war storiesdrawn from the authors’ extensive experience, Getting YourBook Published For Dummies shows you how to clear all thehurdles faced by today’s writers – freeing upprecious time for you to refine your manuscript. You’ll getthe inside scoop on:
- Titling your book
- Major publishers, smaller houses, niche publishers, universitypresses, and spiritual and religious publishers
- The 12 elements of a successful nonfiction proposal
- How editors read queries
- Submitting fiction
- Publishing outside the box
- And much more
Getting Your Book Published For Dummies is the clear, A-Zhandbook that makes the entire process plain and practicable.You don’t need to be a celebrity. You don’t need to besome kind of publishing insider. All you need to do is write.
About the Author
Sarah Parsons Zackheim has worked at William Morrow, Doubleday, and New York Times Books. She is the author or coauthor of three books, including Dress Your House For Success.
Table of Contents
Introduction.About This Book.How to Use This Book.How This Book is Organized.Part I: Getting Started.Part II: Knocking on the Publisher's Door.Part III: Preparing the Package: Book Proposals and Query.Letters That Sell.Part IV: Taking it Public: A Strategic Approach to Placing YourBook.Part V: Home at Last! Negotiation and Contract.Part VI: After the Deal Is Done.Part VII: The Part of Tens.Icons Used in This Book.Where to Go from Here.Part I: Getting Started.Chapter 1: The Idea. It's the Heart of Your Book.Chapter 2: Evaluating Your Idea.Chapter 3: Refining Your Idea: The Realities of Writing.Chapter 4: Categorically Speaking.Part II: Knocking on the Publisher's Door.Chapter 5: How a Book Gets Bought.Chapter 6: The Right Submission Strategy for You Approaching aPublisher.Part III: Preparing the Package: Book Proposals and Query LettersThat Sell.Chapter 7: Query Letters That Get Attention.Chapter 8: Preparing Submission Materials That Sell.Part IV: Taking It Public: A Strategic Approach to Placing YourBook.Chapter 9: Battle-Tested Submission Tactics.Chapter 10: How to Choose a Publisher.Chapter 11: Acting as Your Own Agent.Chapter 12: Going the Agent Route.Chapter 13: Publishing Outside of the Box.Part V: Home at Last! Negotiation and Contract.Chapter 14: The Offer.Chapter 15: The Negotiation.Chapter 16: The Contract.Part VI: After the Deal Is Done.Chapter 17: Know the Players.Chapter 18: Creating the Actual Book.Chapter 19: Selling Your Book.Chapter 20: Publication and Beyond.Part VII: The Part of Tens.Chapter 21: Ten Excuses Publishers Give for Turning Down BookProposals.Chapter 22: Ten Clauses to Watch in Your Contract.Chapter 23: Ten Common Errors in Dealing with an Agent and/orEditor.Chapter 24: Ten Top-Selling Books of All Time.Index.Book Registration Information.
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