The Shortest Distance between You and a Published Book

The Shortest Distance between You and a Published Book

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553061771
  • 9780553061772
  • 2,078,700

About Susan Page

Susan Page is the author of three previous books, How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together, Eight Essential Traits of Couples Who Thrive, and If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?  Her work has been translated into 14 languages and sold in 28 countries.  She lectures widely, is a past chapter president of the National Speakers Association, and has been helping authors to successful publication for years.show more

Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgments......ix Part I Everything You Need to Know to Get Published Successfully in the Order You Need to Know It 1. Understand the Big Picture......3 The Steps in Brief......4 The Ecstasy and the Agony......5 Writers Conferences......7 Publishers Weekly......8 2. Establish Clear Goals for Your Book......9 How Can You Know What Are Realistic Goals? ......10 If Your Goal Is to Earn Money......12 If Your Goal Is to Make a Living by Writing Books......13 3. Establish Your Book's Unique Identity......17 4. Start Working on a Fabulous Title......21 Characteristics of a Good Title......21 How to Find the Perfect Title......26 5. Decide Whether You Are Going to Self-Publish or Sell to a Publisher......29 Self-Publish or Sell? ......29 Small Presses......34 6. (Or 12) Write Your Book......36 When to Write Your Book......36 How to Write Your Book: The Basics......37 Ways to Skip This Step Altogether and Never Write a Word......45 7. Write a Book Proposal......47 The Nonfiction Proposal......48 Preparing and Mailing Your Proposal......63 The Fiction Proposal......65 The Realities of Writing and Selling Fiction......68 8. Enlist a Famous or Highly Credentialed Person to Write a Foreword or Endorsement for Your Book......70 9. Enlist the Services of a Fabulous Literary Agent......73 Why You Need a Good Literary Agent......74 Characteristics of a Good Literary Agent......76 How to Find the Right Agent for You......80 How to Get an Agent to Find You......99 The Agency Agreement......99 Proposal Revisions......100 Circumstances When You Might Want to Proceed Without an Agent......101 10. Sell Your Book......103 Rejections......103 Requests for Additional Information......104 One Offer......106 Multiple Offers......106 The Royalty Advance......108 11. Negotiate and Sign Your Contract......114 Reviewing Your Contract......116 A Note About the Sequence of Events......130 12. (Or 6) Write Your Book (If You Haven't Already) ......131 13. Deliver and Then Revise Your Manuscript ......132 14. Keep Your Eye on Production and Marketing Details......138 Title and Subtitle......141 Jacket or Cover Design......142 Author Questionnaire......146 Catalogue Copy......146 Sales Conference......147 Flap Copy and Back Copy......148 Author Photo......149 Galleys......149 First Serial, Foreign, and Book Club Rights......150 Summary......151 15. Solicit Endorsement Blurbs......153 16. Plan Your Own Promotion and Publicity......159 You Are in Charge Here......159 Brainstorm......161 Research......162 Establish Your Marketing Plan......163 Ask for a Promotion Conference......163 Accomplish Whatever You Can Before Your Pub Date......170 17. Celebrate Your Publication Date and Your Power As a Published Author......171 Consider a Publication Event......171 Support Independent Booksellers......172 Join Writers Advocacy Groups......176 Attend the ABA, Regional Booksellers Associations Events, or Book Fairs......178 18. Publicize and Promote Your Book......180 Keep Booksellers Posted......180 Guard Against the Fatal Gap......184 Monitor Your Sales Figures......186 Understand That the Effect of Publicity Is Cumulative......187 Prepare for Your Media Interviews......188 Persevere......198 19. Royalty Checks and Remainders......199 Royalty Statements and Royalty Checks......199 Hardcover Remainders......200 20. Participate in Your Paperback Publication and Start Planning Your Next Book......201 The Paperback Reprint of Your Hardcover......201 Start Planning Your Next Book......204 PART II Taming the Monsters and Reaping the Joy Monster #1: Self-Doubt......211 Monster #2: Procrastination......218 Naming the Monster......218 Getting Started Strategies......222 On Waiting Until You Are Ready......223 Monster #3: Envy......224 Accept It......224 Take a Gift from Your Envy Before You Leave It......226 Replace the Unpleasant Thoughts with Pleasant Ones......226 Avoid Toxic People and Surround Yourself with Support......228 Join or Form "Helium" Circles or Partnerships......230 Reaping the Joy......235 Let's Keep Talking......241 Sample Proposal......243 Resources......261 Index......271show more

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