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Title:
The practical writer : from inspiration to publication
Author:
Eiben, Therese.
Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xvi, 366 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Some contributions were originally published in Poets & writers magazine.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
Added Uniform Title:
Poets & writers.
ISBN:
9780142004005
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Poets & Writers Magazinepresents the one book that every writer needs on the journey from the writing studio to publication. An essential volume from an organization renowned for providing reliable advice, The Practical Writeris filled with valuable information that will help emerging writers make intelligent choices and professional decisions at every stage of their careers. Filled with the insights and expertise of authors and other publishing insiders, it covers a range of topics: revising a manuscript, choosing a title, applying for grants, conducting research, evaluating an agent, understanding contracts, working with an editor, finding a literary community, promoting a book, and much more. With The Practical Writer, writers will know how to make the most of every aspect of their journey.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

To the already bulging category of how-to books geared to the art and craft of writing, add this handy compendium from the crew at Poets & Writers. Conveniently divided into five easy-to-flip-to sections, this encouraging tome is intended to be a guide to all writers-essayists, poets, novelists and short-story writers-at various (early) stages in their careers. Those fresh out of MFA programs will appreciate considerations of craft by the likes of Gregory Orr and Jeffrey Skinner; in the same section, Julie Checkoway's sly "Lingerie Theory of Narration" likens a writer's agenda to that of a Victoria's Secret catalogue adman. Aspiring writers eager to see their work in print may jump ahead to section two ("Initial Contact"), wherein Amy Holman offers advice on preparing submissions and Atlantic Monthly senior editor C. Michael Curtis explains how to read-or rather, how not to read into-the inevitable rejection letters. In section three ("Building Your Team"), agent Noah Lukeman, writer-cum-editor-cum-agent Betsy Lerner, Authors Guild assistant director Kay Murray and others share insights about finding an agent and negotiating that first book deal. The newly published are apt to appreciate "Meeting the Public," the fourth section, which suggests how to drum up publicity for small press titles and wow bookstore audiences with memorable readings. And finally, those with sights beyond publishing a novel can turn to "Jobs in the Field," and learn how to start a reading series or literary magazine, or simply reflect, as Robert Phillips does in the afterword, on why the journey has been worth it. Subscribers to the magazine will find much of the material familiar, as will anyone who's read a writing how-to or two. But with appendices on grants, awards, conferences and residencies similar to the listings section in the magazine, the book proves itself both inspirational and useful. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


Library Journal Review

In a market glutted with beginners' books of the "write-a-best-seller" variety, this is one of the few high-quality resources available for intermediate and advanced professional writers who are more committed to their work than they are to becoming famous. In fact, of the myriad books currently on the market for aspiring writers, this is one of the best, both in quality and scope. Experienced professionals from every area of literature, including professors, authors, and journalists, offer advice on the craft. In addition, editors advise on the submission process, a foundation manager talks about strategies for obtaining grants, and publishers, agents, and publicists share their experiences. There are five sections, described by one of the editors as "five points on the arc a writer travels from inspiration through marketing and publication." About two-thirds of the essays have already appeared as articles in Poets & Writers magazine, with which editors Eiben and Gannon are affiliated. Appendixes are provided as well. Highly recommended for all public libraries and for all academic libraries supporting professional writing programs.-Angela Weiler, SUNY at Morrisville Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.