Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

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9780805065510: Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published

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.

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Robert Masello's Writer Tells All starts at the very beginning of the writing process--"Starbucks should be your reward, not your office"--and follows through to the (often) very bitter end. Most books, says Masello in this humorous introduction to the business of writing a book and getting it published, seem to be "published in the dead of night, distributed under the tightest security, and publicized at a pitch that only dogs can hear." Masello discusses book proposals, first drafts, agents, editors, contracts, publicists, book tours, and royalties. He dispels the myth of the autographed copy (contrary to popular belief, publishers do take signed returns from bookstores), divulges the secret to knowing whether there's a check included with your royalty statement (hint: feel for staples), and discloses the dreary truth about book signings ("you'd make more money babysitting"). He braces his readers for those charming conversations with talk-show hosts who "have spent more time combing their hair than they have preparing for your interview," and he revels in the glory that having a publicist invites. "There's something absolutely wonderful about having someone whose job it is to say nothing but good things about you," he writes. "Even your mom may occasionally have her doubts, but your publicist? Never." --Jane Steinberg

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.

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