Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book

ISBN-10: 0553061771
ISBN-13: 9780553061772
Edition: N/A
Authors: Susan Page
List price: $19.00
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 5/12/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.

She holds a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, was a campus minister at Washington University in St. Louis and at Columbia University in New York. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1976 and founded and directed the nation's first university-based human sexuality program at the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1980, she has devoted herself full time to writing about relationships and working with couples and singles. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Acknowledgments
Everything You Need to Know to Get Published Successfully in the Order You Need to Know It
Understand the Big Picture
The Steps in Brief
The Ecstasy and the Agony
Writers Conferences
Publishers Weekly
Establish Clear Goals for Your Book
How Can You Know What Are Realistic Goals?
If Your Goal Is to Earn Money
If Your Goal Is to Make a Living by Writing Books
Establish Your Book's Unique Identity
Start Working on a Fabulous Title
Characteristics of a Good Title
How to Find the Perfect Title
Decide Whether You Are Going to Self-Publish or Sell to a Publisher
Self-Publish or Sell?
Small Presses
(Or 12) Write Your Book
When to Write Your Book
How to Write Your Book: The Basics
Ways to Skip This Step Altogether and Never Write a Word
Write a Book Proposal
The Nonfiction Proposal
Preparing and Mailing Your Proposal
The Fiction Proposal
The Realities of Writing and Selling Fiction
Enlist a Famous or Highly Credentialed Person to Write a Foreword or Endorsement for Your Book
Enlist the Services of a Fabulous Literary Agent
Why You Need a Good Literary Agent
Characteristics of a Good Literary Agent
How to Find the Right Agent for You
How to Get an Agent to Find You
The Agency Agreement
Proposal Revisions
Circumstances When You Might Want to Proceed Without an Agent
Sell Your Book
Rejections
Requests for Additional Information
One Offer
Multiple Offers
The Royalty Advance
Negotiate and Sign Your Contract
Reviewing Your Contract
A Note About the Sequence of Events
(Or 6) Write Your Book (If You Haven't Already)
Deliver and Then Revise Your Manuscript
Keep Your Eye on Production and Marketing Details
Title and Subtitle
Jacket or Cover Design
Author Questionnaire
Catalogue Copy
Sales Conference
Flap Copy and Back Copy
Author Photo
Galleys
First Serial, Foreign, and Book Club Rights
Summary
Solicit Endorsement Blurbs
Plan Your Own Promotion and Publicity
You Are in Charge Here
Brainstorm
Research
Establish Your Marketing Plan
Ask for a Promotion Conference
Accomplish Whatever You Can Before Your Pub Date
Celebrate Your Publication Date and Your Power As a Published Author
Consider a Publication Event
Support Independent Booksellers
Join Writers Advocacy Groups
Attend the ABA, Regional Booksellers Associations Events, or Book Fairs
Publicize and Promote Your Book
Keep Booksellers Posted
Guard Against the Fatal Gap
Monitor Your Sales Figures
Understand That the Effect of Publicity Is Cumulative
Prepare for Your Media Interviews
Persevere
Royalty Checks and Remainders
Royalty Statements and Royalty Checks
Hardcover Remainders
Participate in Your Paperback Publication and Start Planning Your Next Book
The Paperback Reprint of Your Hardcover
Start Planning Your Next Book
Taming the Monsters and Reaping the Joy
Monster #1: Self-Doubt
Monster #2: Procrastination
Naming the Monster
Getting Started Strate

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