The Book Bible: How to Sell Your Manuscript-No Matter What Genre-Without Going Broke or Insane

The Book Bible: How to Sell Your Manuscript-No Matter What Genre-Without Going Broke or Insane

The Book Bible: How to Sell Your Manuscript-No Matter What Genre-Without Going Broke or Insane

The Book Bible: How to Sell Your Manuscript-No Matter What Genre-Without Going Broke or Insane

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Overview

A Brilliant, Buoyant Guide to Publishing Your Book
Hundreds of thousands of books come out every year worldwide. So why not yours? In The Book Bible, New York Times bestseller and wildly popular Manhattan writing professor Susan Shapiro reveals the best and fastest ways to break into a mainstream publishing house. Unlike most writing manuals that stick to only one genre, Shapiro maps out the rules of all the sought-after, sellable categories: novels, memoirs, biography, how-to, essay collections, anthologies, humor, mystery, crime, poetry, picture books, young adult and middle grade, fiction and nonfiction. Shapiro once worried that selling 16 books in varied sub-sections made her a literary dabbler. Yet after helping her students publish many award-winning bestsellers on all shelves of the bookstore, she realized that her versatility had a huge upside. She could explain, from personal experience, the differences in making each kind of book, as well as ways to find the right genre for every project and how to craft a winning proposal or great cover letter to get a top agent and book editor to say yes.  

This valuable guide will teach both new and experienced scribes how to attain their dream of becoming a successful author.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510762701
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 673,525
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writer and professor, freelances for the New York TimesWall Street Journal, New York Magazine,  Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Tablet, Wired, Oprah, & New Yorker magazines online. She's the national bestselling author/coauthor of 15 books her family hates including Unhooked, Five Men Who Broke My Heart, The Byline Bible, World In Between, and The Forgiveness Tour. She and her scriptwriter husband, a New York University professor, live in Greenwich Village where she teaches her popular "instant gratification takes too long" courses at The New School, NYU, Columbia University, and now privately online. Follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet and Instagram at @Profsue123. 

Table of Contents

Foreword Ayesha Pande vii

Introduction xi

Section 1 Nonfiction 1

Chapter 1 Memoir/Autobiography 3

Chapter 2 Biographies 25

Chapter 3 How-To Books/Self-Help 38

Chapter 4 Nonfiction Book Proposals 49

Section 2 Shorter Books 79

Chapter 5 Poetry 81

Chapter 6 Anthologizing 91

Chapter 7 Humor and Graphics 103

Section 3 Fictionalizing 111

Chapter 8 Adult Fiction 113

Chapter 9 Genre Fiction 132

Section 4 Children's Lit 145

Chapter 10 Picture Books 147

Chapter 11 Middle-Grade 156

Chapter 12 Young Adult 166

Section 5 Selling Your Book 177

Chapter 13 Figuring Out Genre 179

Chapter 14 Querying Literary Agents 188

Glossary 202

Acknowledgments 209

About the Author 211

Index 212

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