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How I got published : famous authors tell you in their own words

Author: Ray White; Duane Lindsay
Publisher: Cincinnati, OH : Writer's Digest Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: What does it take to go from unknown hopeful to published author? Writing is a lonely occupation where rejection is the norm, and learning about the early hardships of today's best-selling authors can provide vital reassurance (and comic relief) to aspiring authors. These compelling stories of perseverance and publication will nurture your dreams until you succeed. Inside you'll find: How more than eighty  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ray White; Duane Lindsay
ISBN: 9781582975108 1582975108
OCLC Number: 144773544
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 358 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Why you should buy this book (everybody loves a good story) --
Three J's: Judo, jazz, and Japan / Barry Eisler --
Did you know your agent died? / C J Box --
Say no to nothing-the right attitude / Donald Bain --
Practical demon keeping / Christopher Moore --
I decided to take a more devious approach / Clive Cussler --
Interview with Dave Barry --
My life in writing / JA Jance --
How I got started and how I keep going / F Paul Wilson --
How do I become a TV writer if I don't have any contacts? / Lee Goldberg --
Secret to getting published / Ray White --
I didn't know any better / Gayle Lynds --
Getting started getting published / Greg Bear --
There's a word for a writer who never gives up-published / J A Konrath --
Above movies / John Gilstrap --
Long, lonely road: some informal advice to new authors / David Brin --
Write two novels / John J Gobbell --
Becoming a published author / John Lescroart --
Tough cookies / Cassie Miles --
Mild-mannered professor with the bloody-mined visions / David Morrell --
Writing the (ugh) synopsis / Ray White --
With a little help from my friends / Kathi Kamen Godmark --
Wall of shame and Tom Clancy / Kyle Mills --
How Nymphos and vampires got me published / Mario Acevedo --
Twelve-letter expletive made my novel interactive / Patrick McManus --
Bondage paraphernalia / Raymond Benson --
Seven ways to avoid the risk of being published / Gillian Roberts --
Finding a literary agent / Steve Alten --
Just put your butt in the chair / Stephen White --
Plan of attack / Troy Cook --
Gripping title and a short, catchy tag line / Duane Lindsay --
Bucking the cross-genre issue: / M J Rose interview --
Five rules / Hallie Ephron --
Don't try this at home / K J A Whishnia --
Dayenu / Keith Raffel --
Send the damn thing out / Jack Bludis --
Photographed in President Reagan's Office / Stephen Coonts --
Write a bit of a novel / Simon Levack --
Write stuff / Steve Hockensmith --
No one wants to read this crap! / Sue Ann Jaffarian --
Getting to know literary agents and editors / Duane Lindsay --
Most powerful force is luck / Thomas Perry --
People who need people / Brian Freeman --
Writing lies for fun and glory, but very little money (so Far) / Carl Brookins --
Poster child for persistence / Hilari Bell --
Never give up / Jeremiah Healy --
On agents / Ken Kuhlken --
Romeo and Juliet with needle marks / Mark Arsenault --
Everything I knew was wrong / Michael Siverling --
Best query letter ever / Duane Lindsay --
In search of a publisher / P D Cacek --
Who done it? / Robin Hathaway --
Snowball's chance / Sandra Balzo --
Fear? We don't need no stinking fear! Shane Gericke --
Writing in the cracks of the day job / Zoe Sharp --
Holding back the years / A J Hartley --
Your goal is not to be published / Charles Benoit --
Being orphaned / Christine Goff --
Life is not a four-letter word / Ann Parker --
Fish where the fish are biting / Ray White --
Guy can dream, can't he? / Darrell James --
How I started / Marian Keyes --
My scabby ego / Jess Lourey --
Fiery road to publication / Jonathan Santlofer --
Follow the yellow brick road / Kathy Brandt --
Little, but mighty / Laura Bradford --
Sixth-grade education / Michael A Black --
Confessions of a late bloomer / Kristine Smith --
Two books in one week / Karen Rose Smith --
Bob Richard story / Jerry B Jenkins --
Killer nonfiction proposal / Ray White and Duane Lindsay --
Chiefs did the trick: / interview with Stuart Woods --
Things I wished I knew / Louise Penny --
Critiquing and the green-eyed monster / L L Bartlett --
Despite lazy agents, crooked and dead publishers, perseverance paid off / Marilyn Meredith --
When I couldn't get an agent / Martha Powers --
Are you sure you don't want to be a lawyer? / Michelle Gagnon --
Talk about naive /Rita Lakin --
F Scott Fitzgerald had it wrong / Robert S Levinson --
Rule of twelve / Susan Okeksiw --
Love it or leave it / Grant Blackwood --
Join a critique group / Ray White --
When writer write about writing / Chris Knopf --
If the shoe fits / Kate Pepper --
Don't go through that door / David J Walker --
Act two / Dianne Emley --
How to market a five-hundred-pound gorilla / Joyce & Jim Lavene --
Look away from the review / Julia Pomeroy --
When to read rejection letters? After you've been accepted somewhere else / Chris Grabenstein --
Path / Cathy Pickens --
When expectations are gone / Jeff Shelby --
Three major life mistakes I've made that force me to write these mysteries / Victoria Houston --
Ten steps to getting published / Ray White & Duane Lindsay --
Tenacity over all / Aimee and David Thurlo --
Bathroom attack / T A Ridgell --
Accountants can do it (so can you) / Anthony Bidulka --
Lucky writer's path / M Diane Vogt --
If it doesn't sell, write one better / Nathan Walpow --
I want it now, if not sooner / Simon Wood --
More with less-lessons learned by a beginner / Susan Slater --
Sunrise at the broiler / William Kent Krueger --
Someday we'll laugh about that / Jeanne Munn Bracken --
My mother, my secret weapon / Jenny Siler --
Semper persistence / Ray White --
Acknowledgments --
Index --
About the editors.
Responsibility: edited by Ray White & Duane Lindsay.

Abstract:

Overview: What does it take to go from unknown hopeful to published author? Writing is a lonely occupation where rejection is the norm, and learning about the early hardships of today's best-selling authors can provide vital reassurance (and comic relief) to aspiring authors. These compelling stories of perseverance and publication will nurture your dreams until you succeed. Inside you'll find: How more than eighty authors launched a successful career–in their own words. Many of these stories appear in this book for the very first time, while others are famous and have been passed down as literary legend. Ten "absolute" rules to follow for publishing success, gleaned from an analysis of more than fifty "how to get published" books. Inspiration and instruction that will help you realize your publishing dreams. How I Got Published focuses on the scary and exciting time when writers are poised to jump before they discover if they can fly–the days when a writer has nothing but a manuscript or an idea or a story, and a desire to get it published. Everybody loves a success story, and this book will leave you feeling energized and upbeat about finding your way. For resources, updates, and news visit: www.HowIGotPublished.com. Contributors include: Clive Cussler, Gayle Lynds, David Brin, J.A. Jance, F. Paul Wilson, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Christopher Moore, Gillian Roberts, Greg Bear, John Lescroart, Marian Keyes, David Morrell, M.J. Rose, Stephen White, Karen Rose Smith, Stephen Coonts, and dozens of others.
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