The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

Author: Arielle Eckstut
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 9780761163985
Release Date: 2010-11-11
Genre: Reference

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.

Write Away

Author: Elizabeth George
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060560423
Release Date: 2004-03-02
Genre: Fiction

A guide to writing fiction and understanding the creative process presents dozens of literary and commercial examples that demonstrate how to construct a novel, in a reference complemented by personal anecdotes from the author's life.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743455961
Release Date: 2002-06-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

Author: James N. Frey
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429974133
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Edgar award nominee James N. Frey, author of the internationally best-selling books on the craft of writing, How to Write a Damn Good Novel, How to Write a Damn Good Novel II: Advanced Techniques, and The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, has now written what is certain to become the standard "how to" book for mystery writing, How to Write a Damn Good Mystery. Frey urges writers to aim high-not to try to write a good-enough-to-get-published mystery, but a damn good mystery. A damn good mystery is first a dramatic novel, Frey insists-a dramatic novel with living, breathing characters-and he shows his readers how to create a living, breathing, believable character who will be clever and resourceful, willful and resolute, and will be what Frey calls "the author of the plot behind the plot." Frey then shows, in his well-known, entertaining, and accessible (and often humorous) style , how the characters-the entire ensemble, including the murderer, the detective, the authorities, the victims, the suspects, the witnesses and the bystanders-create a complete and coherent world. Exploring both the on-stage action and the behind-the-scenes intrigue, Frey shows prospective writers how to build a fleshed-out, believable, and logical world. He shows them exactly which parts of that world show up in the pages of a damn good mystery-and which parts are held back just long enough to keep the reader guessing. This is an indispensable step-by-step guide for anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a damn good mystery.

How to Write a Damn Good Novel

Author: James N. Frey
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429997850
Release Date: 2010-04-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught, but Frey does provide scores of helpful suggestions and sensible rules and principles. An international bestseller, How to Write a Damn Good Novel will enable all writers to face that intimidating first page, keep them on track when they falter, and help them recognize, analyze, and correct the problems in their own work.

Writers Tricks of the Trade

Author: Morgan St. James
Publisher:
ISBN: 0983779007
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Inspired by Morgan St. James' popular Writers Tricks of the Trade column, this book is like the appetizer table at a writing buffet. Packed with tips, techniques and tricks all written in lively, entertaining prose, it is a valuable addition to any aspiring or published writer's bookshelf.

Don t Murder Your Mystery

Author: Chris Roerden
Publisher:
ISBN: 1933523131
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This is the only book for writers that: 1)Motivates readers to change their writing habits by telling the truth about how submissions are screened. 2)Analyzes 150 extracts to show how published authors handle the same problems facing all writers of fiction. 3)Reinforces readers learning by presenting more solutions in greater depth than other books do and exposing issues not mentioned in any other book. 4)Highlights the techniques of 140 published mystery authors, many of whom have never before been reviewed in book form. 5)Helps readers identify with authors at the beginning of their writing careers by using examples from many first novels. 6)Stimulates readers imaginations by demonstrating the infinite variety of alternatives for presenting content. 7)Offers 24 Find & Fix summaries for revising, plus resources and little-known tips and tip-offs. 8)Boosts the odds that a manuscript will pass the first screening so its characters and plot can be read in full and evaluated on merit.

How Writers Write

Author: Paul Kent
Publisher: Creative Learning Concepts
ISBN: 9781908807267
Release Date: 2014-09-30
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

If you've ever been on a creative writing course, are thinking of going on one, or you simply love writing - then this book is the ideal companion. Most courses will teach you the mechanics of how to write - choosing the right words, plot-building, developing characters and the like - which are all absolutely essential, but are only half the ingredients of your novel, story, poem or play. How Writers Write is a no-nonsense, practical and approachable book that supplies the missing half, taking one step back and helping you understand why successful writers make the creative decisions they do; in short, what goes on in their imaginations as perception leads to thought, and thought ultimately finds form in expression. So this book won't tell you which adjective is the right one or whether the hero should get the girl at the end. But it will provide the essential background that enables you to put your own creative decisions in context; not just what decisions you make, but how and why you make them. Each chapter contains practical exercises, allowing you to work through what you've learned and, at the end, there's a useful list of topics and texts for further reading and thinking. Along the way, we'll learn about what's been going on in writers' minds these last four thousand years or so; how different social attitudes have shaped their creativity; how they've tried to understand themselves and their role; and how technical advances have allowed them to express themselves in an ever-expanding variety of ways. How Writers Write + practical creative writing course = all you need to know about what makes great writing great... and achievable.

MFA vs NYC

Author: Chad Harbach
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374712273
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Genre: Literary Collections

Writers write—but what do they do for money? In a widely read essay entitled "MFA vs NYC," bestselling novelist Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) argued that the American literary scene has split into two cultures: New York publishing versus university MFA programs. This book brings together established writers, MFA professors and students, and New York editors, publicists, and agents to talk about these overlapping worlds, and the ways writers make (or fail to make) a living within them. Should you seek an advanced degree, or will workshops smother your style? Do you need to move to New York, or will the high cost of living undo you? What's worse—having a day job or not having health insurance? How do agents decide what to represent? Will Big Publishing survive? How has the rise of MFA programs affected American fiction? The expert contributors, including George Saunders, Elif Batuman, and Fredric Jameson, consider all these questions and more, with humor and rigor. MFA vs NYC is a must-read for aspiring writers, and for anyone interested in the present and future of American letters.

Damn Why Didn t I Write That

Author: Marc McCutcheon
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
ISBN: 1884956173
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The elderly woman's adventure in solitude... The housewife's battle with obesity... The gay man's guide to pleasuring women... The farmer's cookbook... The teenager's solution to a puzzling national obsession... The home baker's directions for giant cookies... The gym teacher's belly flattener... The alcoholic's chronicle of addiction... The elementary school teacher's encyclopedia of all things disgusting...Best-sellers all...Ordinary people all...More nonfiction books are breaking the 100,000-copy sale barrier than ever before. Amateur writers, housewives, and even high school dropouts have cashed in with astonishingly simple best-sellers.This guide, by best-selling author Marc McCutcheon, shows the reader how to get in on the action by identifying lucrative publishing niches and filling them, not once, not twice, but year after year.

Fix Your Damn Book

Author: James Osiris Baldwin
Publisher: Gift Horse Productions
ISBN: 9780994407023
Release Date: 2016-05-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Have you finished a novel manuscript? Wondering what to do next? Fix Your Damn Book! is a self-help manual for writers who have finished a manuscript – a novel, novella, short story, or serial – and who want to self-edit their work to a professional standard and get it on the market. In this instructional and occasionally hilarious book, James Osiris Baldwin – an author and editor with over 8 years of experience as a freelance and staff editor – explains his technique for painlessly and successfully polishing your manuscript to a perfect glow. Fix Your Damn Book! will: • Introduce you to the seven essential components of successful editing; • Help you get in the right headspace to edit your own work; • Teach you to objectively diagnose problems in your manuscript; • Walk you through the secrets of developmental editing and line editing; • Teach you hacks for sharpening your story, character, and dialogue; • Guide you through copy-editing and grammar, including a copy-editing essentials checklist; • Give you guidelines on recruiting and making the most out of your first readers; • Cover proofreading and publishing. You will also find a special section on writing and editing query letters, advice on developing characters and stories, a list of the best software to help you write and edit, and much more! If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

Writing Your Nonfiction Book

Author: Trish Nicholson
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781784629205
Release Date: 2014-11-28
Genre: Reference

Ever wanted to share your passion, tell your story or pass on a skill? Here is your chance. Memoir, travelogue, history, how-to, self-help or textbook; you can write your own book with this fully comprehensive guide, which includes all the techniques and tips you need to plan, research, write, edit, choose publishing options and market your book. Becoming an author enables you to boost your career or business success, share your expertise and experience, inform readers on important issues, put the record straight, or leave a heritage for family and friends. Written in a reader-friendly style and focusing on your individual needs, Writing Your Nonfiction Book also contains a list of websites and a handy glossary of publishing and writing terms. Though suitable for beginners, there is much in this book for experienced writers of non-fiction, and even fiction. Whoever you are, your voice can be heard, your story told, because Writing Your Nonfiction Book leads you one step at a time through the whole process. Key selling books of the point are: This is the only truly complete guide, with equal emphasis on planning, research, writing, editing, publishing and marketing. It teaches the creative/narrative style of non-fiction, with specific advice for writing memoir, travel, history, textbooks, biography, how-to and self-help books. The book recognises the information needed by international writers, and lists support services and resources for various countries. Writing Your Nonfiction Book has been selected as a required text for international writing courses.

The First Five Pages

Author: Noah Lukeman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199575282
Release Date: 2010-02-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language, literature and biography.

Draft No 4

Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374712396
Release Date: 2017-09-05
Genre: Reference

The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative while observing that “readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone’s bones.” The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising—and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.

The World Without Us

Author: Alan Weisman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312347294
Release Date: 2007-07-10
Genre: Science

A study of what would happen to Earth if the human presence was removed examines our legacy for the planet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to those that would become long-lasting remnants of humankind.