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Sally Stuart's guide to getting published
Stuart, Sally E.
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Publication Information:
Wheaton, Ill. : Harold Shaw Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
298 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library PN161 .S78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Every Writer Needs One Book that Jump-Starts a Writing Career. This Book Is It.

In this one-stop writing resources, Sally Stuart will tell you how to:

•Find the publisher you want
•Write a professional query letter or book proposal
•Approach and work with editors
•Decipher copyright and tax laws
•Negotiate contracts
•Manage the writing life
•Set up a home office
•Develop your book and article ideas

With practical tips and anecdotes, technical details and legal helps, this essential compendium provides the information every writer needs to get in print and stay in print. Whether you are just beginning or you have been published for years and want to polish up on a few fine points, this is your guide to publishing success.

Author Notes

Sally E. Stuart is the author of the Christian Writers' Market Guide and is widely known for her research on writing and marketing. She has written over twenty-five books and hundreds of articles and is a sought-after speaker at writers' conferences.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
How to Use This Bookp. 13
1. On Getting Startedp. 15
So You Want to Be a Writer?p. 15
Work Habitsp. 17
Goal Settingp. 18
Journal Writingp. 19
Readingp. 20
Honing Your Craftp. 21
Finding Ideasp. 22
Resources for Writersp. 24
Writers' Groupsp. 26
Writers' Conferencesp. 27
Start with Articlesp. 30
Finding Your Voicep. 31
Professionalismp. 33
Am I Really a Writer?p. 34
Writer's Blockp. 35
Specialize or Diversify?p. 37
Recognizing Salable Themesp. 38
Criticismp. 40
2. On the Basicsp. 43
Counting Wordsp. 43
Cover Letterp. 45
Editor-Author Relationshipsp. 46
Fog Index (Reading Level)p. 52
Typefacep. 53
Mailing Guidelinesp. 54
Mailing Guidelines: Foreign Countriesp. 58
Manuscript Format for Periodicalsp. 58
Rejection Slipsp. 63
Submission Guidelinesp. 66
Tear Sheetsp. 71
Tracking Submissionsp. 72
3. On the Business of Writingp. 77
Rights and Reprintsp. 78
Copyright Law: The Basicsp. 82
Copyright Law: Fair Use and Permissionsp. 86
Income Tax: The Basicsp. 91
Libelp. 99
Pen Names, or Pseudonymsp. 101
Plagiarism, Piracy, or Infringement?p. 102
4. On Setting Up an Office: Paper and Electronicp. 105
Office Setupp. 105
Organizing Papers and Filesp. 108
Office Suppliesp. 111
Do I Need a Computer?p. 112
Emailp. 113
Internetp. 115
Internet Researchp. 115
5. On Part-time/Full-time Freelancingp. 119
Can I Make a Living at Writing?p. 120
When/How to Take the Leap to Full-timep. 123
6. On Time Management/Self-Disciplinep. 129
Finding Time to Writep. 130
Friends and Family and the Writerp. 132
Setting Goalsp. 133
Meeting Goalsp. 135
Managing Timep. 136
To-Do Listp. 137
Time Wastersp. 139
Qualities of Timep. 141
7. On Marketingp. 143
Marketing: A Businessp. 144
Market Guidep. 145
Understanding the Marketp. 145
Market Plan for Periodicalsp. 148
Market Plan for Booksp. 153
Sample Copies, Book Catalogs, and Writers' Guidelinesp. 156
Foreign Marketingp. 157
Theme Listsp. 159
Trendsp. 159
8. On Writing for Periodicalsp. 161
Article Typesp. 161
Sidebarsp. 174
Holiday/Seasonal Submissionsp. 175
Poetry Submissionsp. 176
Article Idea Formp. 177
Query Letter vs. Complete Manuscriptp. 179
Writing a Query Letterp. 181
Sending a Complete Manuscriptp. 187
Dealing with Photos and Illustrationsp. 187
Article Contractsp. 189
9. On the Writing of Booksp. 191
Nonfiction Books: How to Beginp. 191
Nonfiction Book Proposalp. 194
Fiction Book: How to Beginp. 201
Fiction Book Proposalp. 202
Book Manuscript Preparationp. 204
Do I Need an Agent?p. 205
Collaborationp. 210
Ghostwritingp. 213
Indexingp. 214
Book Contractsp. 215
Marketing Formp. 216
Promoting Your Bookp. 217
When Your Book Goes Out-of-Printp. 222
If Your Publisher Goes Out of Businessp. 223
10. On Writing for Specialty Marketsp. 227
Beyond Articles: Other Opportunities for Writersp. 227
11. On Writing 101p. 243
Anecdotesp. 243
First-Person Narrationp. 244
Leadsp. 245
Middles and Endingsp. 248
Point of Viewp. 249
Referring to Scripturep. 252
Researchp. 253
Self-Editingp. 256
Show, Don't Tellp. 259
Titlesp. 261
Transitionsp. 263
12. On Publishing Alternativesp. 267
Should You Pay for Your Book?p. 268
Types of Author-Funded Publishing Venturesp. 270
Appendix A Glossary of Termsp. 273
Appendix B Resources for Writersp. 279
Indexp. 291

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