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The Author's Toolkit, Third Edition
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Every author yearns for wealth and fame. Aspiring authors, students, writing teachers, and even established authors will be able to get the job done with the Toolkit. Updated and expanded to cover the newest developments in electronic publishing, the growth of self-publishing and print-on-demand, new online copyright registration procedures, effective use of social media for promotion and community, and more. This handy guide offers coaching for every step of the writing and publishing process. Insights are given for writing fiction and nonfiction: nurturing beginning ideas; making full use of resources for planning and research; organizing a plot; delineating characters; avoiding writer pitfalls; following proper writing and editing principles; finding the hook” to attract publisher interest; creating a manuscript with a professional presentation; seeking literary agents; understanding contracts; publishing electronically; and promoting and marketing a finished book. Written in a concise, easy-to-follow style, this guide also offers a treasure chest of resources for writers seeking professional advice. No one intending to become a published author can afford to be without the tools offered in this volume.
Book News Annotation:
Embree is an author, literary consultant, editor, public speaker, writer's workshop leader, and the founding director of the California Literary Arts Society. She offers aspiring authors, students, and even established writers a practical guide to writing and publishing their books via a traditional publisher or through one of the alternative approaches available in today's digital world. Coverage includes developing and researching fiction and nonfiction ideas, finding a "hook" to attract publisher interest, organizing a plot and delineating characters, creating a professional manuscript, finding an agent, following correct writing and editing principles, understanding literary contracts, marketing and promoting a finished book, and avoiding common pitfalls. Reflecting changes since publication of the second edition in 2003, the text covers the newest developments in electronic publishing, print-on-demand, and the use of social media to promote work and to interact with the writing community. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The new edition of this step-by-step guide to writing and publishing a book is updated and expanded to cover the newest developments in electronic publishing, the growth of self-publishing and print-on-demand, new online copyright registration procedures, and more.
About the Author
Mary Embree is an author, literary consultant, editor, public speaker, and writer's workshop leader. She is the Executive Director of the California Literary Arts Society which produces the annual Ventura Book Festival and is also the founding director of
the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN). She has worked with hundreds of authors, many of whom have not written a book before. She knows firsthand the common mistakes authors make and tells how to avoid them. A former
film and television writer and researcher, she is the author of The Birds and Bees of Words (Allworth Press). She lives in Ventura, California.
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