Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

by Robert Masello

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A witty and candid firsthand account — for writers by a writer — on how to write, sell, publish, and promote a book.

This invaluable book is written by a working writer — not a professor, not a publisher, not an editor, not an agent. Robert Masello is a writer who speaks his mind with absolute candor on everything aspiring book authors need to know. He explains the publishing process step by step -what to expect, how it works, and what authors can do at each point to keep things going smoothly. Equally important, Masello has a lot of fun doing it. His book is filled with sometimes hilarious anecdotes from his own experiences in the trenches of publishing.

Writer Tells All covers many topics along the way, both large and small, including the things every writer needs to know: choosing a book topic (fiction or nonfiction), writing the proposal, selecting an agent, understanding book contracts, finding an editor, losing an editor, following the production process from manuscript to bound book, using your own savvy and contacts to maximize the effect of marketing, and publicizing the finished product.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805065510
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.98(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Robert Masello is the author of three novels and ten nonfiction books, including A Fri in the Business. He has taught writing classes at the Columbia University School of Journalism and UCLA Extension. He is currently executive story editor for the Aaron Spelling television series Charmed.

Table of Contents

Part IArt
Mission Statement3
Confronting the Monster7
Clearing the Hurdles12
The Quota System15
Your Worst Boss19
Fact or Fiction22
The Hydraulic Theory27
"Why Don't You Write One of Those Sidney Sheldon Books?"32
Outlining Nonfiction36
Proposing Nonfiction44
Proposing Fiction51
Genre Snobbery56
Title Search60
Muzzling the Three-Headed Dog67
My Grandmother's Cadillac75
Part IICommerce and Craft
Bagging an Agent81
The Perfect Agent91
Submission and Acceptance103
Art of the Deal113
The Sea of Legalese122
The Editor Idealized134
The Editor in Practice144
Revisionist Misery149
Blue Pencil, White Knuckles152
The Cover Story157
Galley Slaves163
Part IIICelebrity
Of Catalogs and Conferences169
The Song of Yourself173
The New Arrival181
Publication Day184
"You Want Me to Buy a Copy?"190
The Critical Consensus192
If This Is Tuesday199
Talking Head207
Still Talking215
Hollywood Calling220
Other Paths to Glory226
"And Now for My Next Trick ..."232

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