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Writer's market guide to getting published
Writer's Digest Books (Firm)
Adult Nonfiction PN161 .W832 2010

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ContentsPage
Introduction to the Third Editionp. 1
Part 1 - Your Writing Game Plan
1 - The (Brave New) Writer's Worldp. 5
The Magazine Market Up Closep. 5
The World of Booksp. 11
Charting Your Path: Books or Magazines?p. 21
Getting Startedp. 23
2 - From Idea to Marketp. 27
The Great Ideap. 28
To Marketp. 31
Resourcesp. 34
3 - Get Off Your Butt and Writep. 37
Choose to Writep. 38
Make Writing a Habitp. 39
Your Writing Planp. 41
4 - Researching Your Ideasp. 46
Finding the Right Informationp. 48
The Internetp. 48
Librariesp. 53
Business and Government Sourcesp. 55
Tips and Tricks for Effective Researchp. 58
Part 2 - TO Market, TO Market
5 - Before You Write That Query Letterp. 63
Building Your Platform: Your Number One Jobp. 63
Do I Need a Literary Agent?p. 69
OK, So How Do I Get One?p. 72
Preparing Yourself for a Wall of Rejectionp. 77
Resourcesp. 81
6 - Selling Your Articlesp. 83
Avoiding Rejectionp. 84
Finding Magazine Markets for Your Ideasp. 86
Stringing for Newspapersp. 91
Crafting a Query Letterp. 92
Resourcesp. 99
Sample Queriesp. 101
7 - Selling Your Nonfiction Bookp. 103
Finding a Publisherp. 103
Make Your Book Competitivep. 106
Crafting a Book Query Letterp. 107
Crafting a Book Proposalp. 118
Resourcesp. 125
8 - Selling Your Fictionp. 128
Selling Your Short Storiesp. 129
Selling Your Novelp. 133
Crafting a Fiction Proposalp. 140
A Note on Promotionp. 143
Resourcesp. 145
Sample Novel Query Letterp. 150
Sample Novel Cover Letterp. 151
Sample Response to Cover Letterp. 152
Sample Short Synopsisp. 153
Sample Long Synopsisp. 155
9 - Selling Your Scriptp. 160
Write Your Own Calling Cardp. 160
Form and Formatp. 163
Finding an Agentp. 164
Market the Script on Your Own: Televisionp. 166
Market the Script on Your Own: Filmp. 168
Making the Pitchp. 170
Understand the Businessp. 173
Resourcesp. 175
10 - Selling TO Corporationsp. 178
Finding Your Own Opportunitiesp. 179
Advertising and PRp. 181
Technical Writingp. 184
Catalog Copyp. 188
Copyediting and Proofreadingp. 190
Indexingp. 193
Ghostwritingp. 196
11 - What About Self-Publishing and Print on Demand?p. 198
The Bad Old Daysp. 199
Are You a Self-Starter?p. 202
Oh, the Many Hats You'll Wearp. 205
Five Guidelines for Picking a Reputable Self-Publisherp. 211
When Publishers Come Calling...Finallyp. 212
Resourcesp. 214
Part 3 - Building Your Readership
12 - A Crash Course in Marketing and Publicityp. 218
What Is Marketing?p. 218
What Is Publicity?p. 223
Publicizing Your Bookp. 226
Resourcesp. 232
13 - Websites, Blogs, Podcasts, and Social Networkingp. 234
Your Websitep. 235
Bloggingp. 238
Podcastingp. 244
Social Networkingp. 246
Resourcesp. 254
14 - Fifty Ideas to Get The Word Out about Your Bookp. 256
Before Your Book Is Publishedp. 256
Learning About the Industry and Getting Knownp. 260
Using Your Website, Blog, and E-mailp. 262
Hacking Through the Amazon Junglep. 264
Radio and Podcastingp. 266
When the Book Is Publishedp. 268
Signings and Appearancesp. 270
Book Clubsp. 272
Some Niche Optionsp. 273
Nice Authors Finish First: Working Well with Peoplep. 274
Part 4 - Your Writing Business
15 - Contracts, Agents, and The Fine Printp. 278
Your Rightsp. 278
Electronic and Digital Rightsp. 281
Magazine Contractsp. 284
Book Contractsp. 285
Agents and Attorneysp. 291
Legal Issuesp. 293
Resourcesp. 296
16 - Finances for Writersp. 299
Setting Up Your Businessp. 299
Records and Accountsp. 302
Your Incomep. 303
Tax Issues for Writersp. 305
Saving for the Futurep. 311
Insurancep. 313
17 - Finding A Writing Communityp. 315
Organizations for Writersp. 315
Critique Groupsp. 317
Is a Writers' Colony Right for You?p. 321
Getting the Most out of Writers' Conferencesp. 323
Money for Nothing: Grants, Fellowships, and Contestsp. 325
Appendix A - Pricing Guidep. 334
Knowing What to Chargep. 334
Hourly Rate Calculationp. 335
Project Rate Calculationp. 338
Keep Track of Timep. 339
Negotiating for Morep. 340
Raising Your Ratesp. 341
Sample Feesp. 343
Resourcesp. 346
Appendix B - Glossary of Publishing Termsp. 347
Indexp. 359


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