The Business of Writing: Professional Advice on Proposals, Publishers, Contracts, and More for the Aspiring Writer

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The Business of Writing: Professional Advice on Proposals, Publishers, Contracts, and More for the Aspiring Writer

Format:  Paperback,

283 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781581159172

ISBN-10: 158115917X

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Whether you re unclear on what to expect from your first book deal or just a little puzzled by your editor s whims, The Business of Writing is the book for you. In it, literary agent and publishing veteran Jennifer Lyons empowers aspiring and experienced writers with everything they need to know about the business of selling books, from publicity to legal and financial aspects of the trade. A senior agent for seventeen years before opening her own literary agency, Lyons has taught numerous courses on the business of writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and has visited both undergraduate and graduate writing programs to share her expert knowledge.

This enjoyable guide brings Jennifer s in-depth tutorials to the broader public, balancing accessible, bulleted information for writers on the critical stages of acquiring and maintaining representation with interviews with professionals in the field. Interviewees include a Harper s magazine editor, a contracts manager, and other publishing professionals that you can expect to encounter as you advance in your career. Covering everything from how to write the perfect query letter to deconstructing the terminology of a publishing contract, this indispensable handbook to the writer s trade will give you a thorough introduction to the nuts and bolts of publishing.

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Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781581159172
ISBN-10: 158115917X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 283
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.06
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781581159172

Chapter outline

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Queries and Cover Letters: A Cosmic Approachp. 1
God Forbid ... The Legal Stuffp. 11
Writers: Tax Rules, Rituals-and Reminders!p. 23
An Interview with Rose Carrano, Rose Carrano PRp. 29
Personal Branding: Advice for Authorsp. 35
To Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal, You May Need to Include a Little Fictionp. 39
Reverse Engineering: One Writer's Pathp. 47
Real Booksp. 55
An Interviewp. 67
To Reach the Literary Editorp. 75
Some Advice for the First-Time Authorp. 85
An Interviewp. 95
An Interviewp. 99
An Interviewp. 105
With Fiction I Am Looking for Artp. 111
Publishing Nonfiction: A Look Behind the Scenesp. 123
An Interviewp. 133
Children: The Toughest Audience You'll Ever Love (to Write for)p. 141
Children's Picture Books: The Format Changes but the Process Remains the Samep. 151
Sci-fi/Fantasy, Children's, and Young Adult Books: An Interviewp. 159
ANew Chapterp. 165
What are Subsidiary Rights?p. 175
When a Book Becomes Something Elsep. 187
An Interviewp. 191
Seeking Visibility in a Mist of Rising Choicesp. 199
Self-Publishing: How it Works, Who It's Right Forp. 205
Getting Started as a Literary Translatorp. 213
Your First Book-Length Translation Projectp. 217
The New American Pagep. 223
Getting from there to Herep. 227
The Accidental Writerp. 233
On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbitsp. 241
To MFA or Not to MFA?p. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Afterwordp. 263
Resourcesp. 265
Indexp. 277

Book description

Whether you’re unclear on what to expect from your first book deal or just a little puzzled by your editor’s whims, The Business of Writing is the book for you. In it, literary agent and publishing veteran Jennifer Lyons empowers aspiring and experienced writers with everything they need to know about the business of selling books, from publicity to legal and financial aspects of the trade. A senior agent for seventeen years before opening her own literary agency, Lyons has taught numerous courses on the business of writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and has visited both undergraduate and graduate writing programs to share her expert knowledge.

This enjoyable guide brings Jennifer’s in-depth tutorials to the broader public, balancing accessible, bulleted information for writers on the critical stages of acquiring and maintaining representation with interviews with professionals in the field. Interviewees include a Harper’s magazine editor, a contracts manager, and other publishing professionals that you can expect to encounter as you advance in your career. Covering everything from how to write the perfect query letter to deconstructing the terminology of a publishing contract, this indispensable handbook to the writer’s trade will give you a thorough introduction to the nuts and bolts of publishing.

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