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A Comprehensive Guide to Publishing Your Book: The basics of the most popular kinds of books, and what you have to know to break in.
In The Book Bible, NY Times best-selling author Susan Shapiro maps out the rules of varied categories to study, first drafts, revisions, editing, agenting and marketing, offering a comprehensive guide to successful authorship. From her experience, the author reveals that getting press or going viral on social media can help a book sell faster. She once worried that publishing twelve books in varied categories--and helping her students out in so many genres--made her a dabbler with literary A.D.D. Yet, she ultimately realized that her versatility had a big upside because she can explain from the inside the differences in making each kind of book. In arenas that she hasn't tackled herself, she asked former students from her writing seminars to weigh in on: mystery, crime, biography, history, children's picture books, young adult and middle grade.
This book is a valuable guide to becoming a successful book author. Useful for both first-time authors as well as experienced ones.
A Brilliant, Buoyant Guide to Publishing Your Book
Hundreds of thousands of books come out every year worldwide. So why not yours? In The Book Bible, New York Times
bestseller and wildly popular Manhattan writing professor Susan Shapiro reveals the best and fastest ways to break into a mainstream publishing house. Unlike most writing manuals that stick to only one genre, Shapiro maps out the rules of all the sought-after, sellable categories: novels, memoirs, biography, how-to, essay collections, anthologies, humor, mystery, crime, poetry, picture books, young adult and middle grade, fiction and nonfiction. Shapiro once worried that selling 16 books in varied sub-sections made her a literary dabbler. Yet after helping her students publish many award-winning bestsellers on all shelves of the bookstore, she realized that her versatility had a huge upside. She could explain, from personal experience, the differences in making each kind of book, as well as ways to find the right genre for every project and how to craft a winning proposal or great cover letter to get a top agent and book editor to say yes.
This valuable guide will teach both new and experienced scribes how to attain their dream of becoming a successful author.