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Getting Your Book Published for Dummies [Paperback]

By Sarah Parsons Zackheim (Author) & Adrian Zackheim (Author)
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Item description for Getting Your Book Published for Dummies by Sarah Parsons Zackheim & Adrian Zackheim...

Provides advice to aspiring authors on how to get their work published, including how to submit requests to publishers, get an agent, negotiate a contract, and sell the book to the public.

Publishers Description
There's never been a better time to be an author. Books like the Harry Potter series create a media phenomenon, with people lining up and camping outside bookstores to purchase newly released titles. Yet book sales overall - not just those of mega-sellers - are on the rise, as more and more people seek knowledge and entertainment through reading. The Library of Congress currently registers about 60,000 new titles for copyright each year. 60,000 books by 60,000 authors. Imagine yourself as one.

"Getting Your Book Published For Dummies" is your complete guide to realizing whatever gem of an idea you've been carrying with you. If you've ever thought, "this would make a really good book," be it the next great American novel or a guide to naming babies, here's your chance to put pen to paper and find out Written from both sides of the editor's desk - by a widely published writer and a HarperCollins veteran publisher - this guide puts in your hand the advice you need to: Pick an ideaApproach the publisherCraft proposals and queriesWork with agents, or act as your ownSelf-publishNegotiate a contractCreate the actual bookSell your published book

Full of examples, proposals, query letters, and war stories drawn from the authors' extensive experience, "Getting Your Book Published For Dummies" shows you how to clear all the hurdles faced by today's writers - freeing up precious time for you to refine your manuscript. You'll get the inside scoop on: Titling your bookMajor publishers, smaller houses, niche publishers, university presses, and spiritual and religious publishersThe 12 elements of a successful nonfiction proposalHow editors read queriesSubmitting fictionPublishing outside the boxAnd much more

"Getting Your Book Published For Dummies" is the clear, A-Z handbook that makes the entire process plain and practicable. You don't need to be a celebrity. You don't need to be some kind of publishing insider. All you need to do is write.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   355
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 7.36" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2002
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764552570  
ISBN13  9780764552571  
UPC  785555030206  

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More About Sarah Parsons Zackheim & Adrian Zackheim

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sarah Parsons Zackheim has worked at William Morrow, Doubleday, and New York Times Books. She is the author or coauthor of three books, including Dress Your House For Success.

Sarah Parsons Zackheim currently resides in Westport, in the state of Connecticut.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Getting Your Book Published for Dummies?

Get Your Book Published for Dummies - It worked for me.  Jun 10, 2008
I've been trying to sell my manuscripts for years... I followed all the rules and ended up with nothing but a stack of rejection notices. I bought "Get Your Book Published for Dummies" and followed just one of the author's suggestions. Within weeks I had heard from a publisher and my book has already been published. If you have yet to sell your first manuscript, I suggest that you purchase this book and follow the author's recommendations. I did... and it worked for me.
Lots of information and ideas  Oct 5, 2007
For those of us who have never published this is an excellent place to start. I suggest reading it cover to cover, even if you already have a book ready for publishing, because it is so full of ideas for discovering your next publication and how to improve any you already have.
A handy manual  May 14, 2007
The major virtue of this book is its compendium approach to the problem its title states. For those who know absolutely nothing about getting published, it is a helpful manual. The major flaw of the book is that its content boils down to a Catch-22---i.e., to be published you must have X. But X cannot be gained without Y and to do Y, you must have X.

I don't know whether the author's ideas have been repeated by the many who write on the same subject or whether the information in the book is so generalized that everyone in the industry knows it. In any case, the book brings together in one volume most of the things a writer trying to get published should know. And it does suggest the cause of the difficulty of getting published. That in itself is worth the price of the book.

However, the book is lightweight. One continues to wonder how to get published without having to do the kind of social commingling the author, and so many others, recommends.

The book was published in 2000. It has not to my knowledge been updated. So, some of the information is out of date. As the author notes: "editors move around a lot."
Rubbish  Jul 20, 2006
Claims to give you an example of a complete synopsis suitable to send out to an editor and then gives you a blurb for the back of the book.
Suggest cold calling editors which would only make them hate you and think you are a...dummie
Gives publishers' general details of the sort you could look up in the phone book which would be no use to you whatever since you would need to know individual editors names, what they are interested in publishing etc... Most of the publishing houses listed require agents but there are pleanty of publishers who do consider unagented writers who are not listed in this book. I really wish I had bought a different book as this was a complete waste of money.
I am lucky I know enough about writing and publishing to know what a terrible inaccurate picture this book gives.
Definitely for Dummies  Apr 8, 2006
For the total novice who has very limited experience in writing and publishing, this book will be treasure trove, especially if that novice is planning to write a non-fiction book. For everyone else, this book has lesser value. I found it offered very little for writers of fiction. The information offered was also rather basic; for a person with a moderate amount of writing experience, the book offered little in the way of insightful information. The "for Dummies" part of the title definitely applies in this case.

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