Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time to get to work... Next week

I got four books in the mail this week, and made my way through the first 20-30% of each so far.  Two of them I'd classify as how-to manuals, and the other two as reference books.  The reference books seem fine, and well organized.  The how-to manuals, so far, are really useful, and I definitely recommend them--particularly if you're working on a non-fiction project (the tips for fiction markets are less than robust).

Here they are:

How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsend (4th ed.)

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry  [This one, though more geared toward non-fiction markets, is really good]

2014 Guide to Literary Agents, edited by Chuck Sambuchino

2014 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, edited by Rachel Randall [This one is well organized, and has very useful classification information.  While you'll still want to consult the agents' websites first, this one provides a good way to winnow down the options]

Anyone out there have any other useful manuals, websites, or personal tips to offer on the proposal writing process?  I'd love to hear about them.

Happy writing.

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