The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Book

The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Book

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The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Book by EmbreeMary

From the germ of an idea through publication, everything aspiring authors need to know to produce a book manuscript of professional quality and see it through to the bookstore shelves is presented in this practical toolkit. A longtime literary consultant guides writers step-by-step through finding a hook that sells, basic writing and editing principles, properly formatting a manuscript, finding and communicating with the right agent, navigating copyright forms, writing book proposals and query letters, and deciphering a publishing contract. Tips on self-publishing and a resource list of professional publications and organizations is provided.

Author Biography: Mary Embree, founder of Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), is a literary consultant, editor, and writer. She lives in Ventura, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780970068200
Publisher: Seaview Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1In the Beginning is the Idea7
Plan your book8
Write a one-sentence description9
Chapter 2Researching13
The Internet14
The library14
Reference books specific to your subject17
Newspapers and magazines17
Experts and other authors18
Chapter 3The Rules of Writing19
Write from the heart21
If you would write, read21
Keep it simple22
When in doubt, take it out!22
Keep your writing clean and clear23
Show, don't tell23
Avoid cliches26
Avoid slang27
Chapter 4Editing Principles30
Recommended reference books31
The professional looking manuscript32
Flow, continuity and transitions40
Quotations and punctuation marks42
Working with an editor44
Chapter 5The A-Plus Presentation47
Chapter 6Copyright Information52
The history of copyright laws53
Should you register your copyright?53
The advantages of copyright registration54
What a copyright is54
The copyright forms56
Registration fee57
Mandatory deposit57
Registering under a pseudonym or pen name58
What cannot be copyrighted?59
Is a notice of copyright required?60
How to reach the Copyright Office60
Chapter 7Literary Agents62
Do you need an agent?63
The advantages63
The disadvantages64
How do agents get new clients?65
How do you find an agent?66
How do you choose the right agent?67
What to watch out for67
Chapter 8The Book Proposal70
A book proposal is like a business plan71
What makes a nonfiction book successful?73
The book proposal contents page75
I.Title Page77
III.About the Author81
IV.Market Potential82
V.Competitive Works84
VI.Chapter Outline85
VII.List of Illustrations86
Sample Chapters86
Chapter 9The Query Letter89
The First Paragraph94
The Body of the Letter95
The Closing Paragraph96
Chapter 10Contracts97
Part I.The Literary Agency Agreement98
Part II.The Publishing Agreement106
No agent? No publisher? No problem111
Chapter 11Ten Ways to Publish Your Book113
1.Finding a book publisher113
2.Co-publishing with an established publisher114
3.Self-publishing a book the traditional way114
4.Self-publishing using print-on-demand115
5.Self-publishing a spiral-bound book115
6.Creating a hand-crafted book116
7.Publishing as E-mail on the Internet116
8.Producing a book on a floppy disk or CD116
9.Producing as an audiobook116
10.Publishing as an E-Book (electronic book)117
Chapter 12Assemble Your Tools120
Office supplies122
Your time123

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