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    The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent for Your Book: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

    ISBN #: 9781601384034


    $15.95

    There are thousands of literary agents currently working in the publishing industry, and yet potential authors with manuscripts still outnumber those agents by almost twenty to one. The truth is that there are millions of people out there who feel they have the next great best seller and for every fresh new novel, there are only a handful of possible people who will read, review, and pass along the novel to a publishing house on your behalf. Finding those select few individuals and convincing them that your work is worthy of their time is the hardest part of getting your book published but if you can find and hire the right literary agent, you will be well on your way to getting your name in print and achieving literary stardom.

    This book will guide you through the process of contacting a literary agent and convincing them that you are in fact the next great bestseller. From formatting a query letter to ensuring your manuscript looks presentable, every step of the process from inception to execution will be laid out in vivid detail for you. You will start by learning exactly what is expected of you by the literary field. You will learn how to research literary agents and what to look for in the right agent. You will learn how to identify genre and subset and how to understand what sells and what doesn't. With this in mind, you will be able to start the process of writing query letters, a complete process that is outlined from the first step to the signature line. You will learn what you must include in every successful manuscript and how to avoid ending up in a slush pile where your manuscript will not be read.

    Both published writers who have successfully found and acquired an agent and literary agents who are inundated with manuscripts and requests in the thousands every year, have been interviewed for this book and have provided their personal stories, tips, and tricks as to how you can get into the publishing industry through an agent. You will be given a list of the top agencies in the nation with their genres of choice and represented clients as well as submission guidelines and will learn how to successfully stagger submissions at the right time of the year, month, and even week to be seen first and foremost. Finally, once you have found your literary agent, you will learn how to read contracts, accept offers, and understand what details will be handled exclusively by your agent. This book is for every prospective author who has sought to have their manuscript transformed into a printed book.

    How to Publish a Kindle Book with Amazon.com: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
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    How to Publish a Kindle Book with Amazon.com: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply 

    ISBN #: 9781601384041


    $15.95

    When Amazon first launched their new digital eBook reader program with the Kindle in 2007, they provided what many people felt was a major leap forward for digital publication of mainstream books. Until that point, it had remained the one point where the Internet had not moved forward all that much people want the feel of paper and the aesthetic of reading off of it. Now, millions are looking to the low cost, high profit realm of digital publication through Kindle.

    This book has been written as a guide for anyone who has found the exciting new prospect of publishing a Kindle Book, but didn't know where to start. You will learn the basics of what the Amazon Kindle provides and what kind of market it demands in the largest online bookseller in the world. You will learn what formats are accepted and how the review and publication process works through Amazon to get your book published. You will learn how to change or alter the format or style of your book to match the necessities of the Kindle and how to optimize the format of any text for e-reading.

    Kindle Writers and Amazon experts have been interviewed for this book to provide a complete overview of everything you need to know about publishing your Kindle book. You will learn how to target your book to the right demographic and what you can do to promote your book in Amazon's online inventory. You will learn the basics of web promotion and building a business with digital publications on Amazon. You will learn how to create new content and work with Amazon repeatedly to produce new products and most of all you will learn how to monitor for updates to Kindle and the electronic publishing industry. No matter what your goals are, you can start building your very own publishing house in your home with the Kindle technology and this book.

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How to Write a Query Letter: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

ISBN #: 9781601384058


$16.95

Millions of prospective writers send out their manuscripts and article ideas every day to newspaper editors, magazines, and literary agents around the world in hopes that they can become the next great best seller or columnist. However, of the nearly 5 million unsolicited manuscripts, letters, and columns received each year (estimated by a 2006 issue of Writer's Digest), only a small percentage - less than half of one percent are even read when they reach their destination. And most of the problem lies in the lack of a coherent query letter.

This book was written for any potential writer looking to effectively write and send a query letter that will grab the attention of the editor or agent to whom it is addressed. You will learn the basics of writing to someone in a letter, including the etiquette and format that apply to printed text that you may not know from using e-mail. You will learn how to address writers and editors and what specific things should be in a query letter, from the format of the first paragraph, to describing yourself as an author to the editor or agent. You will read numerous sample query letters to see how they should and should not look and will learn what 10 major mistakes to avoid in all query letters. You will learn how to format a nonfiction book query and proposal as well as one for a novel.

Dozens of interviews were conducted with both writers who have successfully written query letters and editors who routinely read them to develop a walkthrough of everything that does and does not work. You will learn how to format and write the perfect cover letter and what the etiquette is for numerous different letters between you and an editor. Finally, you will learn how to start formatting your query letters in email as the preferred new format for many editors. No matter whom you are contacting and what you are trying to pitch, this book will provide detailed information to help you get your writing picked up.
   

So You Want to Write a Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing for Film, Video, and Television
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So You Want to Write a Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing for Film, Video, and Television

ISBN #: 9781620232156


$19.95

Note: Pre-Order Only. You card will be charged at the time the order is placed and ship as soon as it is available.  Current Release Date January 2017.

Writing for the big screen may seem like a job for the experienced, but the fact is, it's for everyone. Take Celeste Davis, for example, who at fourteen wrote the screenplay for "Purgatory House" and appeared on five critic's lists for best film of the year.

Even if you don't see immediate success, you have to start somewhere. Take Steven Spielberg, for example, who was rejected from college three times before becoming the huge success he is today.

Getting started at a young age is the key to mastering a skill. Imagine already having a screenplay or two under your belt by the time you apply for college - that's exactly what this book will help you to accomplish.

You will learn how to use screenplay-writing software as well as how to actually write a screenplay, from capturing the audience at the introduction to having a satisfying conclusion.

You will learn how to pitch and sell your screenplay when the time comes as well as the commercial potential that your ideas might have. You will learn how to interact with agents, giving you a competitive edge over other young writers.

Veteran screenwriters, producers, agents, and directors have been interviewed for this book, giving you inside secrets to the industry. This book also contains information on production companies, including the genre they are looking for, so you know exactly who to contact when you're ready.

If you are eager to jump into Hollywood as the newest young writer, this step-by-step guide will help you get there.
   

So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-Book: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fun & Profitable Publishing
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So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-Book: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fun & Profitable Publishing

ISBN #: 9781620232194


$19.95

Note: Pre-Order Only. You card will be charged at the time the order is placed and ship as soon as it is available.  Current Release Date June 2017.

Publishing two books, selling film rights, and being in TIME magazine - these kind of seem like pipe dreams. However, this is actually the life story of Beth Reekles, the famous 17-year-old writer. Being a successful writer at a young age is no longer a pipe dream, and this book can help make it your reality.

With a bit of humor and a conversationally quirky tone, this book shows the young adult audience how to write a killer query letter and book proposal. Teens will also learn what to look for in literary agents and editors and how to read the fine print on contracts.

The creative part of book publishing is covered with beautifully colored photography and graphics; you will learn how to create an eye-catching cover as well as some basics on book design.

Reader familiarity is the biggest factor in sales, with 60 percent of readers saying they're more likely to purchase if they've heard of the author. This may seem like a catch 22 for young people, but this book arms you with dozens of low-cost tactics to get your name in the limelight.

You will learn about book tours, signings, and how to make the most of Amazon's marketplace. Advice and information from all types of publishers and authors gives you a real-life glimpse into today's publishing industry.

With this young adult guide in hand, you're sure to hit the ground running to becoming an established, innovative author in the publishing industry.
   
 
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How to Publish Your Own Children's Book: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

ISBN #: 9781601384072


$15.95

Children's books are a very special medium that have introduced millions of young people to the joys of reading. Everyone from single moms to top celebrities have penned bestsellers promoting the virtues and values that children need to learn at a young age to lead happy, healthy lives. There are many different ways that a children's book can be written, from the simplest rhyming picture books to more involved novella stories. Whatever your story may be, publishing it is well within your grasp.

This book provides a complete overview of everything a prospective children's writer needs to complete and publish their own children's book. You will start by learning how to recognize the market and style of the book you have written and adjust your book if necessary to fit a specific market where it will be easier to publish. You will learn the basics of the children's book publishing industry and how it is fundamentally different from that of the regular publishing industry. You will learn how to choose the right publisher or print on demand option for your book and how to start preparing the package, with special consideration for illustrations and other aspects of your book that might change the overall presentation.

Top publishers and writers in the children's book industry were interviewed and have lent their expertise to this book to provide an overview of everything that is needed in the process. You will learn what morals and values publishers and readers look for in good children's books and what you should expect in a publication deal. You will learn how to handle your editor, what to expect in revisions, and how to go about the process of selling your book. You will learn how to gain publicity on your own and what you can do to build your book into a long term career. For anyone that has ever written or is considering writing their own children's book, this book will provide the information and resources you need to get it published.
   

Book Publishing 101: Inside Information to Getting Your First Book or Novel Published
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Book Publishing 101: Inside Information to Getting Your First Book or Novel Published

ISBN #: 9781601385642


$16.95

Nothing rivals the sense of accomplishment that comes from getting your first book published. It is thrilling and exciting to see your name in print. As a first-time author, you are eager to share your work and voice with the world, but you may be wondering just how to break into this challenging and ever-changing industry.

Book Publishing 101: Inside Information to Getting Your First Book or Novel Published, 2nd revised edition, is here to help make your dream a reality. This helpful book details the types of publishing you may choose, including traditional, subsidy, vanity, print-on-demand (POD), and self-publishing. You will learn about the tried-and-true basics of book publishing as well as about innovative additions to the industry, such as e-readers like Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad. You will learn everything from copyrighting and cataloging to book printing and binding. This book will also show you the different tax write-offs available for authors.

You will be taught how to write a killer query letter and a perfect book proposal to increase your chances of having your book considered by traditional publishers. You will also discover what to look for in a literary agent and how to read the fine print on publishing contracts. This book discusses how to create, develop, and maintain a strong relationship with your editor, which is an integral part of getting your publishing success. Recognize how to find the right freelance editor to objectively edit your book without compromising your tone. And learn about the types of editing you may need and how much to charge an editor for those services. Once the editing is complete, you're ready for the design process. But don't worry - this book will guide you through it. Learn how to create a cover and interior design that will grab your readers' attention and complement your book's theme and tone.

Reader familiarity is the biggest factor in sales, with 60 percent of readers saying their decision to purchase a book hinges on already being fans of the author. Thus, it's important to establish yourself as a likable and talented author. Although you may be tight on your promotion budget, this book arms you with dozens of low-cost tactics to get your book and your name in the limelight, increase your following, and maximize your sales. You will learn about book tours and signings, sending out press releases, preparing for news interviews, getting your website high in search engines, and tapping into social media networks like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You will also learn how to market your book on Amazon, the key player in book sales, in order to get your book maximum exposure.

Take advantage of the expert advice we've gathered from all types of publishers and authors to give you a real-life glimpse into today's publishing industry. An extensive resources section of this book includes places to find literary agents and POD companies as well as a sample query letter, a book proposal, and a press release. You'll also benefit from referring to a sample blog post and a fact-based article to craft your perfect marketing campaign from these examples. With Book Publishing 101: Inside Information to Getting Your First Book or Novel Published in your hand, you're sure to hit the ground running to becoming an established, respected author in the publishing industry.

 

The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First E-Book: Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Become a Successful Author
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The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First E-Book: Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Become a Successful Author

ISBN #: 9781601386083


$16.95

The advent of Amazon's Kindle in 2007 allowed millions of writers to make the leap from paper to the electronic screen. Several e-reader competitors recently joined the ring, introducing products such as the Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble NOOK, the updated Sony Reader, and Samsung Papyrus. The publishing world is experiencing a revolution with these electronic readers, and you can catch up to speed by learning the ins and outs of publishing with this low-cost, high-profit publisher.

The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First E-Book is a guide for anyone who has dreamt of becoming a published author and is intrigued by the profitable new prospect of e-publishing - but didn't know where to start. EBook sales hovered around $500 million at the end of 2009 and are steadily climbing. If you're passionate about writing and using new technology to market yourself and your work, this book will explain how you can do what you love and increase your earning potential. Start off with understanding what an e-book is and the differences between traditional and digital publishing. You will identify and learn the details of all e-readers on the market, including the three top-selling: Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. You will employ the basics of analyzing your audience, brainstorming, writing, editing, and marketing - according to the type of e-reader. You will learn the process of getting your book published, how to change or alter the format or style of your book to match the necessities of the e-reader, and how to optimize the format of any text for e-reading.

We spent hours interviewing writers who are experts in the art of digital publishing to provide a complete overview of everything you need to know about publishing your e-book. Not only will you learn how to upload your work for each e-reader platform, you will also hone your writing skills with tips and writing resources. You will learn how to target your book to the right demographic and what you can do to promote your book in online inventories. You will learn the basics of viral marketing promotion, SEO, and building a business with digital publications. You will learn how to produce innovative content, and you will learn how to monitor for updates to the electronic publishing industry. No matter what your goals are, you can start publishing from your home with e-reader technology and this book.

   

How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Guide from Proposal to Successful Defense
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How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Guide from Proposal to Successful Defense

ISBN #: 9781601386038


$16.95

According to the Council of Graduate Schools, only 57 percent of students who start their Ph.D.s complete them within 10 years, and many times it's the thesis or dissertation that is holding them back. But if you're equipped with How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation, you won't waste precious time deliberating how to organize and execute a persuasive, thorough thesis or dissertation for both master's and doctorate levels. Even if you have never written a paper that spanned more than five pages or spoken in front of a committee, you will learn how to easily formulate and utilize the correct research methodology, organization, citation styles, formatting options, submission guidelines, and presentation pointers to ensure that the academic world will notice - and respect - your hard work.

With this book, you will learn everything from the ground-level basics to the more detailed breakdown of the research process. You will gain a strong understanding of the difference between a thesis and dissertation, and you will grasp the components expected of your work - regardless of the subject matter of your research. This book will walk you through the entire process step-by-step, teaching you how to structure a planning and writing schedule that will keep the process manageable and not overwhelming. You will learn how to locate and recognize a topic that is appropriate for your thesis or dissertation, and you will discover how to expand on the subject matter to ensure its unique and distinct from any other research out there.

How do you know if your research proposal is too broad or too narrow? How do you know what academic assistance is available to help you further? How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation will break it all down. In this book, you will gain insight regarding the entire research process, from organizing your literature and materials most effectively to analyzing and evaluating the big picture for defense. This book will ensure that your argument is strong, sound, and persuasive throughout your entire thesis or dissertation, from the introductory chapter through the summarizing conclusive statements, and you will learn how to do so without plagiarizing or cutting corners. You will master how to write ethically, objectively, and properly according to your academic subject's standards, as well as how to work within a committee, work with the aid of your advisor, present your defense, and get your work published worldwide. Understand how to undergo a formal peer review and how to revise your writing to be accurate and up-to-date. With this book as your guide, you will even find out how your research can take you from a proposal to a published writing career.

Within the pages of this easy-to-understand manual are countless interviews conducted with experienced, published academic writers and researchers who dispense valuable advice that will help you succeed. Read about their trials and errors through the thesis - and dissertation - writing process from proposal to defense, and apply this knowledge to your own academic career. With this book as your guide, your thesis or dissertation will be a pleasure for you to write - and a pleasure for your academic audience to read. If you don't think you are capable of being a groundbreaking writer and researcher in your field, think again.
   

How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources: Everything You Need to know to Become a Successful Freelance Writer in 30 Days
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How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources: Everything You Need to know to Become a Successful Freelance Writer in 30 Days

ISBN #: 9781601385673


$16.95

If you want to get creative, make surplus income, be in control of your own hours, and potentially even change the world, then maybe it's time to make the career change to freelance writing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and editors is expected to rise 8 percent from now until 2018. Thanks to the Internet and its millions of writing outlets, demand for freelance writers is higher than ever. Don't get left out of this burgeoning field - you too can successfully start writing for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and online sources, all within the next month. Whether you want to pursue a writing degree or begin writing your query letter today, this book has the answers you need to get started.

This step-by-step guide will take you from your first paycheck to your ultimate goal: a career as a professional, full-time freelance writer with a byline that people will recognize. You can easily make thousands of dollars every month, simply by doing what you already love. Even if you have never been professionally published - and even if you don't have a degree - you can learn how to hone your interviewing, editing, and writing skills to meet the needs of numerous print and online publications that boast millions of readers. Get the recognition your writing deserves with this detailed and easy-to-read book that explains it all.

In How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources, learn how to pitch your first story idea to any publication and get it printed - and get paid. Learn how to submit queries and write a diverse variety of professional-level articles that news, entertainment, and niche publications will eagerly pay you for. You will find out how to utilize blogs, social networks, and search engines to find the best publishing opportunities, as well as how to market yourself online to attract editors to your talent with a personal website and online portfolio. Composing a contract, writing a query letter, and formatting a payment invoice are all subjects covered within book.

Worried about falling for job scams or getting confused by copyright laws? This thorough book will teach you how to discern the too-good-to-be-true ads from the genuine opportunities, and you will learn everything there is to know about modern copyright laws, including laws concerning the online market. In less than 30 days, you'll know how to maintain long-lasting and meaningful relationships with editors and publishers, how to effectively communicate with them via e-mail or telephone, and how to find the most credible and accurate sources for researching all of your assignments. You will become familiar with most common style manuals, such as the Chicago Manual and the Associated Press Stylebook, and you will learn how to format your story - whether for publication in HTML, print, or for an e-reader.

If you're feeling shaky about your interviewing skills, How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources will reassure you with hundreds of tips for staying professional and confident during all telephone, e-mail, and in-person interviews, no matter how daunting or sensitive the story topic. Throughout this step-by-step guide, you will find trusted advice from industry insiders and writers who know exactly how to pitch, pen, and publish a story. Dealing with feedback, knowing the ethics and legalities of confidential sources, writing compelling headlines - it's all covered in this book.

Learn how to take advantage of hot new online resources that have broadened publication opportunities more than ever before, and get advice on how to make your own hours and stay motivated. Earn the most money possible for your original articles, whether you are paid by the word, page, or story. Get familiar with the publishing industry and adapt your writing to suit any medium, including blogs, press releases, and online-based newspapers. With this book as your guide, you will learn how to organize and use your writing talents the right way - and support yourself doing so.
   
  

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The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Script

ISBN #: 9781601386076


$16.95

The Complete Guide to Writing A Successful Screenplay outlines timesaving tools to hone your writing, so you can attract Hollywood agents and producers. You will discover how to create a timeline and deadline, whether writing your screenplay is a full- or part-time job. Writing and pitching a screenplay is nothing like writing a novel, and this book presents screenplay-specific information vital for any aspiring film writer. This book discusses how to write great openings and endings and how to create char¬acters that grow and evolve as the plot thickens. One of the hardest parts of writing a screenplay is developing a solid dia¬logue, and this book takes you through, step-by-step, how to fine-tune your characters’ dialogue so it is not only believable but also well-written. Once your script is polished and perfect, you will need to pitch it to the public, and this book shows you how. You will grasp how to write a compelling query letter that is specifically geared to what agents are looking for, so your chances of getting represented are increased.
 
Veteran screenwriters, television and film producers, agents, and directors have been interviewed for this book, and their experiences are showcased here, giving you their insider secrets on how to best write and sell your script. This book also contains an extensive resource section of production companies that are eager to receive and package your script, including the genre they are looking for, so you know exactly who to contact.