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Thinking like Your Editor: How to Write Serious Nonfiction -- and Get It Published

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Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.

You may be an acknowledged expert in your area and have vital information and a great story to tell. But how can you ensure that your project will be accepted for publication and?more important?that your book will be read by more than a handful of like-minded experts in your field?

This book reveals the trade secrets of an editor/literary agent team with a long track record of success in helping hundreds of authors write serious nonfiction. Many of these books have become best sellers, garnered great reviews, earned their authors prizes, and in some cases altered the course of public debate.

This book will teach you how to craft a serious nonfiction proposal that will interest the right publisher; when to use a literary agent and how to choose the right one; how to shape your argument and present it in good narrative form; and how to work with your publisher to successfully market your book.

Whether your subject is history or science, biography or business, the law, politics, or economics; whether you're a journalist or an independent writer, a newly minted Ph.D. or a seasoned scholar hoping to write your most important book, here's the inside information you need to ensure that your book gets the attention it deserves.

Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:

  • How to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work How to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore
  • Why the most important chapter is your introduction
  • Why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction
  • Why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible

Review:

"Hopeful writers will...find useful advice on every page, but a secondary audience could include avid consumers of nonfiction who want to understand why some ideas reach book form while others do not." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Many how-to's have been written by the dubiously credentialed. This one...has a clear and positive effect and is eminently readable....No doubt this work will help turn ideas and manuscripts into bound, dust-jacketed books." Keir Graff, Booklist

Review:

"Better than average, this title mostly avoids feeding fantasies in favor of detailing necessities." Library Journal

Review:

"[A]n excellent book, one of the best I've ever read on the art of serious nonfiction." Iris Chang, author of The Rape Of Nanking

Review:

"The path from good idea to great book is anything but a straight line, Rabiner and Fortunato know every precipice and crevice." John Paulos, author of A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Review:

"[Rabiner's] guide to succeeding with nonfiction is every bit as good as her submission letters: the best in the business." George L. Gibson, President and Publisher, Walker & Company

Review:

"This smart, straight-talking, profoundly encouraging book is an invaluable guide for authors and editors alike." Sara Bershtel, Associate Publisher, Metropolitan Books

Review:

"In 45 years in publishing I have never read better advice than this book offers. Bravo!" Hugh Van Dusen, HarperCollins Publishers

Review:

"What a smart and useful book Thinking Like Your Editor is." Gerald Howard, editorial director, Broadway Books

Review:

"[W]ill be the standard text for non-fiction authors." Herbert P. Bix, author of Hirohito, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize

Review:

"[S]hould be required reading for any writer of serious nonfiction." Laura N. Brown, president, Oxford University Press USA

Review:

"Likely to become the gold standard for anyone hoping to be successful in trade publishing." Juliet B. Schor, author of The Overworked American

Review:

"Rabiner and Fortunato take you through the corporate Oz of the publishing world, behind the smoke and mirrors." Dale Maharidge, author of And Their Children After Them

Synopsis:

Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.

Synopsis:

Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas--and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:

• why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions;

• how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work;

• how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore;

• why the most important chapter is your introduction;

• why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction;

• why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible.

Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.

About the Author

Susan Rabiner began her career at Random House and later worked as an editor at Oxford University Press, Pantheon Books, and St. Martin's Press. She was editorial director at Basic Books (then a division of HarperCollins) before becoming a literary agent and founding her own firm with her husband, Alfred Fortunato, a freelance editor and writer for more than twenty-five years. Her authors include such best-selling serious nonfiction authors as Iris Chang (The Rape of Nanking), Lawrence Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek), George Chauncey (Gay New York), John Allen Paulos (A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper), Daniel Schacter (The Seven Sins of Memory), and Herbert Bix (Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction).

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader 11
Prologue: First, a little story... 15
Introduction 27
Ch. 1 Thinking Like an Editor: Audience, Audience, Audience 39
Pt. 1 The Submission Package
Ch. 2 How to Write a Proposal 61
Ch. 3 Wrapping Up the Submission Package: The Table of Contents, the Sample Chapter, and Supporting Materials 97
Ch. 4 Placing Your Manuscript with a Publisher: To Agent or Not to Agent, and Other Questions about the Publishing Acquisition Process 120
Pt. 2 The Writing Process
Ch. 5 A Question of Fairness and Other Limits of Argument in Serious Nonfiction 141
Ch. 6 Using Narrative Tension 177
Ch. 7 From Introduction to Epilogue: Writing Your Book Chapter by Chapter — and What to Do When You Get into Trouble 196
Pt. 3 From Edition to Marketing to Publication
Ch. 8 How to Be Published Well 223
App. A Sample Proposal and Writing Sample 239
Acknowledgments 269
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393038927
Author:
Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Rabiner, Susan
Author:
Fortunato, Alfred
Location:
New York
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Editing & Proofreading
Subject:
Book proposals.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Authorship -- Marketing.
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
61-62
Publication Date:
February 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 in 1.3 lb

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Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393038927 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hopeful writers will...find useful advice on every page, but a secondary audience could include avid consumers of nonfiction who want to understand why some ideas reach book form while others do not."
"Review" by , "Many how-to's have been written by the dubiously credentialed. This one...has a clear and positive effect and is eminently readable....No doubt this work will help turn ideas and manuscripts into bound, dust-jacketed books."
"Review" by , "Better than average, this title mostly avoids feeding fantasies in favor of detailing necessities."
"Review" by , "[A]n excellent book, one of the best I've ever read on the art of serious nonfiction."
"Review" by , "The path from good idea to great book is anything but a straight line, Rabiner and Fortunato know every precipice and crevice."
"Review" by , "[Rabiner's] guide to succeeding with nonfiction is every bit as good as her submission letters: the best in the business."
"Review" by , "This smart, straight-talking, profoundly encouraging book is an invaluable guide for authors and editors alike."
"Review" by , "In 45 years in publishing I have never read better advice than this book offers. Bravo!"
"Review" by , "What a smart and useful book Thinking Like Your Editor is."
"Review" by , "[W]ill be the standard text for non-fiction authors."
"Review" by , "[S]hould be required reading for any writer of serious nonfiction."
"Review" by , "Likely to become the gold standard for anyone hoping to be successful in trade publishing."
"Review" by , "Rabiner and Fortunato take you through the corporate Oz of the publishing world, behind the smoke and mirrors."
"Synopsis" by , Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.
"Synopsis" by , Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas--and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:

• why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions;

• how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work;

• how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore;

• why the most important chapter is your introduction;

• why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction;

• why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible.

Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.

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