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The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book: Everything You Need to Know in the Order You Need to Know It

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Publishers buy new book ideas every week.  Why not yours?

Whether your book consists of a few notes on the back of a napkin or a completed manuscript, Susan Page's proven system will make your dream of successful publication come true.  A bestselling author and leading consultant to other writers, Susan Page knows the difference between common industry wisdom that doesn't work and the precise, easy-to-follow strategies that actually get results.  In this breakthrough book, she leads you away from the obstacles that often delay and frustrate writers and introduces the twenty essential steps for success, including:

The three "magic first steps" you must take now to claim success later on

The real differences between self-publishing and selling to a publisher

Clever methods for finding a truly brilliant title for your book

The formula for writing proposals that get read...and then bought

A deliberate method for finding the right agent for you

The six biggest hidden heartbreaks in publishers' contracts and how to avoid them

The range of royalty advances and how much you might expect (hint: it may be larger than you think!)

Seven minimum requirements for a six-figure advance

A step-by-step method for planning your own "blockbuster" promotion

Susan Page not only tells you how to proceed, she anticipates how you might feel at various stages and deftly coaches you through the best and the worst of it all.  And the gift many of her clients have appreciated most is the crucial, little-known skill of keeping your hopes high and your expectations realistic.  This book will leave you feeling excited, inspired, and ready to get to work.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-268) and index.

About the Author

Susan Page is the author of three previous books, How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together, Eight Essential Traits of Couples Who Thrive, and If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?  Her work has been translated into 14 languages and sold in 28 countries.  She lectures widely, is a past chapter president of the National Speakers Association, and has been helping authors to successful publication for years.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments......ix

Part I

Everything You Need to Know to Get Published Successfully in the Order You Need to Know It

1. Understand the Big Picture......3

The Steps in Brief......4

The Ecstasy and the Agony......5

Writers Conferences......7

Publishers Weekly......8

2. Establish Clear Goals for Your Book......9

How Can You Know What Are Realistic Goals? ......10

If Your Goal Is to Earn Money......12

If Your Goal Is to Make a Living by Writing Books......13

3. Establish Your Book's Unique Identity......17

4. Start Working on a Fabulous Title......21

Characteristics of a Good Title......21

How to Find the Perfect Title......26

5. Decide Whether You Are Going to Self-Publish or Sell to a Publisher......29

Self-Publish or Sell? ......29

Small Presses......34

6. (Or 12) Write Your Book......36

When to Write Your Book......36

How to Write Your Book: The Basics......37

Ways to Skip This Step Altogether and

Never Write a Word......45

7. Write a Book Proposal......47

The Nonfiction Proposal......48

Preparing and Mailing Your Proposal......63

The Fiction Proposal......65

The Realities of Writing and Selling Fiction......68

8. Enlist a Famous or Highly Credentialed Person to Write a Foreword or Endorsement for Your Book......70

9. Enlist the Services of a Fabulous Literary Agent......73

Why You Need a Good Literary Agent......74

Characteristics of a Good Literary Agent......76

How to Find the Right Agent for You......80

How to Get an Agent to Find You......99

The Agency Agreement......99

Proposal Revisions......100

Circumstances When You Might Want to Proceed

Without an Agent......101

10. Sell Your Book......103

Rejections......103

Requests for Additional Information......104

One Offer......106

Multiple Offers......106

The Royalty Advance......108

11. Negotiate and Sign Your Contract......114

Reviewing Your Contract......116

A Note About the Sequence of Events......130

12. (Or 6) Write Your Book (If You Haven't Already) ......131

13. Deliver and Then Revise Your Manuscript ......132

14. Keep Your Eye on Production and Marketing Details......138

Title and Subtitle......141

Jacket or Cover Design......142

Author Questionnaire......146

Catalogue Copy......146

Sales Conference......147

Flap Copy and Back Copy......148

Author Photo......149

Galleys......149

First Serial, Foreign, and Book Club Rights......150

Summary......151

15. Solicit Endorsement Blurbs......153

16. Plan Your Own Promotion and Publicity......159

You Are in Charge Here......159

Brainstorm......161

Research......162

Establish Your Marketing Plan......163

Ask for a Promotion Conference......163

Accomplish Whatever You Can Before Your Pub Date......170

17. Celebrate Your Publication Date and Your Power As a Published Author......171

Consider a Publication Event......171

Support Independent Booksellers......172

Join Writers Advocacy Groups......176

Attend the ABA, Regional Booksellers Associations

Events, or Book Fairs......178

18. Publicize and Promote Your Book......180

Keep Booksellers Posted......180

Guard Against the Fatal Gap......184

Monitor Your Sales Figures......186

Understand That the Effect of Publicity Is Cumulative......187

Prepare for Your Media Interviews......188

Persevere......198

19. Royalty Checks and Remainders......199

Royalty Statements and Royalty Checks......199

Hardcover Remainders......200

20. Participate in Your Paperback Publication

and Start Planning Your Next Book......201

The Paperback Reprint of Your Hardcover......201

Start Planning Your Next Book......204

PART II

Taming the Monsters and Reaping the Joy

Monster #1: Self-Doubt......211

Monster #2: Procrastination......218

Naming the Monster......218

Getting Started Strategies......222

On Waiting Until You Are Ready......223

Monster #3: Envy......224

Accept It......224

Take a Gift from Your Envy Before You Leave It......226

Replace the Unpleasant Thoughts with Pleasant Ones......226

Avoid Toxic People and Surround Yourself

with Support......228

Join or Form "Helium" Circles or Partnerships......230

Reaping the Joy......235

Let's Keep Talking......241

Sample Proposal......243

Resources......261

Index......271

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553061772
Author:
Page, Susan
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Authors and publishers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
sv. 47
Publication Date:
19970512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x .68 in .75 lb

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