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How to Start a Home-Based Writing BusinessHow to Start a Home-Based Writing Business by Lucy Parker
Explains what it takes to run a successful home business, including finding clients, marketing, home office setup, and insurance.


Formatting & Submitting Your ManuscriptFormatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Jack Neff; Glenda Tennant Neff
Throughout this easy-to-use guide, dozens of charts, lists, models and sidebars show writers everything they need to know to submit their work correctly and enhance their chances of being published. From screenplays and novels to articles and children's books, writers will find comprehensive, up-to-date information for creating effective query letters, proposals, outlines, synopses and follow-up correspondence.


The Sell Your Novel Tool KitThe Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing & Breaking In by Elizabeth Lyon
Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.


The Everything Gets Published BookThe Everything Gets Published Book by Peter Rubie
With dozens of sample cover letters, book proposals and contracts, this guide is the one source writers need to exchange an impressive collection of rejection letters into a well-published book. Two-color illustrations throughout.


The Forest for the TreesThe Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
In this unusual and compelling book, an editor shares the wisdom and insights she's gained from that work. Far more than a how-to manual, this title offers inspiration, inside views, and a colorful, anecdotal look at the publishing world, all delivered in the humorous voice that has helped to make Lerner one of the most prominent names in the business.


A Writer`s Book of DaysA Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judith Reeves
Practice makes perfect, and Reeves makes practice easy by providing would-be writers with 365 stimulating topics, helpful instruction, monthly guidelines, and dozens of inspiring quotes. 25 two-color illustrations.


On Becoming a NovelistOn Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner; Raymond Carver
On Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner's distinguished twenty year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher. With elegance, humor, and sophistication, Gardner describes the life of a working novelist; warns what needs to be guarded against, both from within the writer and from without; and predicts what the writer can reasonably expect and what, in general, he or she cannot. "For a certain kind of person," Gardner writes, "nothing is more joyful or satisfying than the life of a novelist." But no other vocation, he is quick to add, is so fraught with professional and spiritual difficulties. Whether discussing the supposed value of writer's workshops, explaining the role of the novelist's agent and editor, or railing against the seductive fruits of literary elitism, On Becoming a Novelist is an indispensable, life affirming handbook for anyone authentically called to the profession.


Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a JournalLeaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson
The author of "The Hidden Writer: Diaries and the Creative Life" now presents an inspirational and practical guide to starting and keeping a journal and transforming it into a larger creative work: a family chronicle, a memoir, or a novel.


Writing Under PressureWriting Under Pressure by Sanford Kaye
In Writing Under Pressure, Sanford Kaye, a renowned expert on the subject, presents a system he calls the Quick Writing Process that focuses on real-world writing tasks and demonstrates how to produce the clearest, most honest, most powerful work possible under the constraints of time and space.


For WritersFor Writers by Rosemary Guiley; Janet Frick
This popular, in-depth guide is ideal for aspiring writers or those who are ready for a career change. Readers will find job descriptions and salary ranges for more than 100 positions in such fields as the media, public relations, advertising, book publishing, arts and entertainment, federal government, scholastic, and freelance services and self-publishing.


Advice to WritersAdvice to Writers by Jon Winokur
Perhaps the best bon mots ever penned about literature have come from the minds of its greatest creators. Take Faulkner's rhapsodies on the author's moral duties, Nabokov's unapologetic reference to characters as galley slaves, E. B. White's time-honored tenets of grammar and style. The advice is sometimes contradictory, but it always offers a glimpse at genius and a chance for every wordsmith to improve his craft.


Freelancing Later in LifeFreelancing Later in Life by Kimberly Ripley
Freelancing Later in Life is filled with professional tips and advice for anyone pursuing a career as a freelance writer. It is especially helpful for those starting a freelance writing career a little later in life.


How to Make a Living as a Travel WriterHow to Make a Living as a Travel Writer by Susan Farewell
Veteran travel writer Susan Farewell begins with basic writing techniques, exercises, and tips for avoiding "roadblocks", before getting to the nitty-gritty of the travel-writing business. You'll learn not only how to write about travel but how to travel to write; how to pitch and sell stories, find assignments, research topics, network in the industry, make trips tax deductible, and travel for free or at press rates. This new edition provides a bibliography of travel writing, chapters on the World Wide Web and planning trips via the Internet, new tips for health and fitness while traveling, and an analysis of successful articles - what works and why.


100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein
An all-in-one guide for writers, this wide-ranging handbook combines artistic techniques and inspiration with practical, insider's advice on getting published.


1001 Ways to Market Your Books1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer
Kremer, editor of the "Book Marketing Update", describes more than 1,000 ideas, tips and suggestions for marketing books--all illustrated with real-life examples showing how other authors and publishers have marketed their books. "1001 Ways to Market Your Books" also includes a chapter on how authors can capitalize on the increased recognition a book gives their work.


The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book ProposalThe Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal by Stephen Blake Mettee
Mettee, a seasoned book editor and publisher, cuts to the chase and provides simple, detailed instruction that allows anyone to write a professional book proposal and hear an editor say "Yes!"


Fell`s Guide to Writing BestsellerFell`s Guide to Writing Bestseller: Your Absolute, Quintessential, Everything You Wanted to Know, Complete Guide by Stanley J. Corwin
Through publishing pro Stan Corwin's insider formulas for creating bestsellers, readers can now develop a bestselling title and subject, choose an appropriate publisher, promote their book on the bestseller lists, and make lucrative film, television, and Internet rights sales. 92 illustrations.


100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein
An all-in-one guide for writers, this wide-ranging handbook combines artistic techniques and inspiration with practical, insider's advice on getting published.


Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can WriteNonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book by Elizabeth Lyon; Natasha Kern
Many writers, and aspiring writers, don't realize the opportunities that exist in the nonfiction book market. This book shows them how to take advantage, with topics including subject matter research, creating marketing plans, and writing a strong "About the Author" section. Also features two dozen actual proposals.


Secrets of a Freelance WriterSecrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $85,000 a Year by Robert W. Bly
Dozens of high-paying, commercial writing projects are available. These include ads, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, direct-mail packages, audiovisual presentations, and other promotional pieces. This new, fully revised edition of Bob Bly's invaluable resource tells how to tap these lucrative but lesser known markets.


Walking on AlligatorsWalking on Alligators: A Book of Meditation for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy
A daily motivator for people who write--and for all those who long to write--providing an insistent wake-up call for the creative urge, with insights on how to work against resistance, live with the loneliness, develop discipline, and dare to take deeper risks in their work.


Chicken Soup for the Writer`s SoulChicken Soup for the Writer's Soul by Jack Canfield; Bud Gardner; Mark Victor Hansen
Whether one is a beginning writer or a seasoned pro, these stories of purpose, passion, endurance, and success will uplift and inspire. Following their trademark style, the authors have collected important lessons on perseverance, the value of being yourself, the need for mentors, and the power of following heartfelt dreams.


Achieving Financial Success as a Freelance WriterAchieving Financial Success as a Freelance Writer by Raymond Dreyfack
A successful professional writer points the way to a prosperous freelance writing career by showing how to identify lucrative markets and find comfortable writing niches in magazines and trade publications, advertising and corporate arenas, and nontraditional markets.


Beyond the WordsBeyond the Words: The Three Untapped Sources of Creative Fulfillment for Writers by Bonni Goldberg
In "Beyond the Words, " Goldberg presents anecdotes, essays, examples, and exercises to help writers realize and maintain balance, flow, and health in their work by being mindful of the whole writing process.


Book Editors Talk to WritersBook Editors Talk to Writers by Judy Mandell
Based on penetrating interviews with 44 experienced editors, this essential guide gives you the lowdown on everything you need to know to get published faster and easier. No matter what publishing category you want to break into--fiction, cookbooks, self-help, computer books, science fiction, mysteries, reference, or children's books--you'll find the information you need from an editor who specializes in that area.


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