Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to What It Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal

Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to What It Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal

Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to What It Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal

Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to What It Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal

Synopsis

Any number of books explain ""how to write a book,"" but getting a book published is the hard part. Aside from talent, writers need a strategy for distinguishing their efforts from countless others. (No, don?t use pink paper.) Paul B. Brown has been an author on a dozen books with sales totaling more than 2 million copies. So you could say he knows what it takes. In Getting Published, Brown offers a straightforward approach to test-marketing book ideas, creating strong proposals, reaching the right editors and agent, and more. Equally important, he provides inside tips for how to become an integral part of the publisher?s marketing and sales efforts. The book also gives pointers on nontraditional arrangements such as self- and subsidy-based publishing. The book?s many valuable tools include sample contract language, a fully annotated book proposal, and exercises to help authors identify what they may be doing right and wrong. With abundant humor and unparalleled insight, Brown debunks the myths and misconceptions in favor of trustworthy and effective advice.

Excerpt

You have just acquired one helluva guide to the process of crafting a proposal, selling it, and ultimately delivering a finished manuscript. Paul B. Brown is an experienced and accomplished pro, and in this book he delivers remarkably smart and pragmatic advice for every wannabe author who wants to put him or herself through the torture of writing a book.

Yes, I mean torture. I’ve written or coauthored eight books (a halfdozen fewer than Paul), and as a professional writer, author, and editor, I can tell you that there’s little I’ve ever done in this world that is as emotionally exhausting or as mentally taxing as writing a good book. Or, I should add, as intellectually challenging or ego satisfying. A book invites deep and engaged introspection, as well as obsession. It is an all-consuming affair that is as demanding as anything you will ever do. This is Chinese water torture times ten.

That’s why I wish I had had access to Paul’s wise counsel when I first decided to become an author nearly twenty years ago with a book called The Headhunters. It would have made the job so much easier. I’ve always marveled at Paul’s ability to juggle numerous writing projects, including books, with the aplomb of one of those frenetic plate spinners on the Ed Sullivan Show. We met when we were both “the lowliest” staff members at Forbes magazine in the early 1980s. Paul was as productive a writer then as he is now. One other fact worth noting: He is one of the least suffering of all the writers I know, which makes him the perfect person to dispense advice to anyone ambitious enough to write a book.

Publishing Confidential gives you the basics with wit, irreverence, simplicity, and good sense. In other words, it’s a how-to, tell-it-like-it-is book that delivers the goods. Filled with personal observations and anecdotes, Publishing Confidential brings readers behind the scenes of the publishing business and into the mind of an incredibly prolific writer and author. Paul’s . . .

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