Now updated for 2015! The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book. Written by experts with twenty-five books between them as well as many years’ experience as a literary agent (Eckstut) and a book doctor (Sterry), this nuts-and-bolts guide demystifies every step of the publishing process: how to come up with a blockbuster title, create a selling proposal, find the right agent, understand a book contract, and develop marketing and publicity savvy. Includes interviews with hundreds of publishing insiders and authors, including Seth Godin, Neil Gaiman, Amy Bloom, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Lopate, plus agents, editors, and booksellers; sidebars featuring real-life publishing success stories; sample proposals, query letters, and an entirely updated resources and publishers directory.
Author: Martha Maeda
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
Release Date: 2015-02-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The advent of Amazon s Kindle in 2007 allowed millions of writers to make the leap from paper to the electronic screen. Several eReader competitors recently joined the ring, introducing products such as the Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, the updated Sony Reader, and Samsung Papyrus. The publishing world is experiencing a revolution with these electronic readers and you can catch up to speed by learning the ins and outs of publishing with this low-cost, high-profit publisher. The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First eBook is a guide for anyone who s dreamt about becoming a published author and is intrigued by the profitable new prospect of ePublishing but didn t know where to start. EBook sales hovered around $500 million at the end of 2009, and are steadily climbing. If you re passionate about writing and using new technology to market yourself and your work, this book will explain how you can do what you love and increase your earning potential. Start off with understanding what an eBook is and the differences between traditional and digital publishing, and the benefits involved. You will identify and learn the details of more than 15 eReaders, including the three top-selling: Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. You will employ the basics of analyzing your audience, brainstorming, writing, editing, and marketing according to the type of eReader. You will learn the process of getting your book published, how to change or alter the format or style of your book to match the necessities of the eReader, and how to optimize the format of any text for e-reading. We spent dozens of hours interviewing writers who are experts in the art of digital publishing to provide a complete overview of everything you need to know about publishing your eBook. Not only will you learn how to upload your work through an eReader, you will also hone your writing skills with tips, writing exercises, and writing resources. You will learn how to target your book to the right demographic and what you can do to promote your book in online inventories. You will learn the basics of viral marketing promotion, SEO, and building a business with digital publications. You will learn how to work with your eReader to produce innovative content, and you will learn how to monitor for updates to the electronic publishing industry. No matter what your goals are, you can start publishing from your home with eReader technology
“How to Get Your Book Published Without an Agent” is a complete guide for a first time author and self-published authors on how to find a traditional publisher and how to write an excellent submission package. “How to Get Your Book Published Without an Agent” lists reputable and traditional U.S. publishers that accept manuscripts directly from the author, eliminating the need for a literary agent. You will also find detailed instructions and samples on how to write a professional query letter, synopsis and book marketing plan to “sell” your book to the publisher. Many publishers ask authors to submit a query letter, synopsis and book marketing plan before they ask for a full manuscript. Unless you know how to write these successfully, your book will never reach the editors desk.“How to Get Your Book Published Without an Agent” also gives a list of reputable low-cost self-publishers and self-publishers to avoid. You will get a complete picture of what self-publishing involves and which company you should go with if your attempt to acquire a traditional publisher is unsuccessful.
Author: Susan Rabiner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2010-09-27
Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success. Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas—and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains: • why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions; • how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work; • how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore; • why the most important chapter is your introduction; • why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction; • why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible. Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.
Author: Pete Nikolai with Amelia Nikolai
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Have you started writing a nonfiction book that you are struggling to finish? Do you have an idea for a book but don’t know how to get started? Now you can start and finish your book sooner rather than later following an easy 7 step process that forms the foundation for the way most nonfiction books are written. This insider’s guide starts by helping you find the time to write your book and then walks you through creating your proposal, developing your writing plan, and writing your first draft. Along the way you’ll determine when you could finish your book based on your personal writing output and the time you have available to write. You’ll also discover the 7 secrets to finishing your book sooner rather than later including how to transform your dreams into your vision and how to establish the goals and action steps needed to make your vision a reality. Writing a book is similar to taking a journey. Having a plan and putting in the necessary time gets you from where you are to where you want to be. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of developing your plan and following through to write your book sooner rather than later. If you're ready to finish your book and to begin to see the impact it has in the lives of others then read this quick guide and take the steps to make it happen!
Author: Peter K. Ryan
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release Date: 2013-07-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
The publishing industry is rapidly evolving and jobs in the business are changing as well. This book introduces readers to the variety of fields in electronic publishing. Readers learn about the education required to enter the business, including the technical and computer skills necessary. They learn about the basic concepts in publishing electronically, such as editing, production, and distribution, as well as copyright, piracy, and changing business models. The book outlines the various jobs, among them writers, editors, production editors, designers, and marketing and distribution professionals. Tools for electronic publishing, such as Photoshop and InDesign are introduced. Content platforms such as XML and ePub are also explained along with new promotion tools including social media. Finally, the book takes a look at what the future of electronic publishing may be. It serves as a great resource for those who are interested in publishing the written word in the digital age.
Author: David W. Welday, III
Publisher: Higherlife Development Services
Release Date: 2013-03-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
A comprehensive guide to the business of getting your book published. Some topics discussed include navigating the terms of a publishing contract, understanding the role of a literary agent, learning the sales channels where your book can be sold, and building a foundation for marketing that will get you noticed.
Author: Judith Appelbaum
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 1998-04-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The classic, bestselling guide to getting published In the 20 years since it first appeared, hundreds of thousands of writers'professionals as well as beginners--have read, followed and benefited from How to Get Happily Published. This new edition adds material on making deals with publishers (and what's important), working with small publishers (and when that's preferable), capitalizing on contacts (and where to make them), deciding whether to self-publish (and how much that costs), using new electronic media (to publish; to get information, publicity, promotion and sales; and to connect with enthusiastic readers), and making your work sell better (whoever the publisher is). Plus hundreds of new resources--books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, groups, experts and Internet sites covering every step of the publishing process.
Author: Jean Marie Stine
Publisher: A&T Books
The "must have" book by the acknowledged expert for self-help/how-to business, recovery, sports, health, self-improvement, hobby, crafts, health, and New Age writers. "If you follow only a third of her advice, you'll have a successful book." Jeremy Tarcher. In this unique book, author-editor Jean Marie Stine shows writers how to avoid the errors that keep most self-help books from finding publishers and off the bestseller lists if they are published. From the author: "Before starting this book, I carefully reviewed stacks of rejected self-help manuscripts from aspiring authors. I also looked at first drafts which publishers had asked me to rewrite before they were deemed suitable for publication. I kept a running list of the defects I noted. Altogether, I found 68 key mistakes most inexperienced authors seemed to make. "In this book I describe each of the 68 key mistakes so that you can recognize them when you see them in your own work. Then I explain how you can avoid or correct the problem. The result should be a zero-defect manuscript and book proposal that will sail through the editorial and publishing committees to acceptance."
Digital technology plays a vital role in today's need for instant information access. The simplicity of acquiring and publishing online information presents new challenges in establishing and evaluating online credibility. Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication highlights important approaches to evaluating the credibility of digital sources and techniques used for various digital fields. This book brings together research in computer mediated communication along with the affects digital culture and online credibility.