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  • Series: Author 101
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593375256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Frishman is president of Planned Television Arts and one of the most powerful publicists in the media industry, working with authors such as Arnold Palmer, Alan Dershowitz, and Henry Kissinger. Also executive vice president at Ruder Finn, this top-notch publicist has worked with the field's top agents, editors, and publishers, including Simon and Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins, Pocket Books, Penguin Putnam, and Hyperion Books. Plus, he tours the country hosting seminars on how to help writers sell their books.Frishman is also the coauthor of Networking Magic, Guerrilla Publicity, and Guerrilla Marketing for Writers (published by Writer's Digest Books).

Robyn Freedman Spizman is no stranger to success. As an award-winning author, she has written dozens of inspirational and educational nonfiction books during her accomplished career, including Make It Memorable, When Words Matter Most, GIFTionary, and The Thank You Book. She also coauthored the Women for Hire series (with Tory Johnson) and this year debuted her first work of fiction for young readers, titled Secret Agent (with Mark Johnston). As a seasoned media personality and consumer advocate for more than twenty-three years, she has appeared repeatedly on NBC's Today, CNN, and is featured regularly on the NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA and Star 94. A sought-after speaker on book-writing and motivational topics, Spizman is considered one of the most dynamic how-to experts in the country. In addition to her writing, reporting, and speaking, she is also the cofounder of The Spizman Agency, a highly successful public relations firm that specializes in experts and book publicity.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for some insight into the process of writing a nonfiction book, you need AUTHOR 101 BESTSELLING NONFICTION. Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman have tapped into their own experiences with nonfiction books but also interviewed leading nonfiction bestselling authors and added their voices to this well-done volume.

As someone who has written more than 60 nonfiction books with traditional publishers,I resonated with each section of this book. Whether you are getting started, doing research to see if you have a market for your idea or trying to get organized, you will find valuable information. They don't whitewash the experience but tell would-be writers the straight story. For example on page 43, they say, "Writing a book isn't easy. Having wonderful ideas and wanting to share or display your knowledge may simply not be enough to get you past the hurdles you will face. And the process can be demoralizing because at every juncture, people may criticize or diminish what you've written or plan to write." Then these authors point the way through these potential difficulties.

It's a great volume to add to your how-to write list of books. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on January 15, 2007
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I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. I am a big fan of all the Author 101 books but particularaly liked the section in this book where they interviewed many successful authors who shared their "habits of writing". I found out that many successful writers write like I do! I also found out some good ideas for writing expecially with organization.
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This is a helpful compilation of contributions from over forty contributors. The fourteen chapters are packed with examples, guidelines, tips and antidotes for the non fiction author. An underlying benefit from the book is to learn from the authors example is the ability to connect with their readers.

I found the chapters dealing with collaboration and organization especially helpful. I am currently working on a project that involves both of these elements. I also found the resource directory and glossary of publishing terms important aids for a better understanding of the subject matter and for future reference,

An important addition to my personal writer's reference library
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyneise Seaborough on April 6, 2009
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Provides great resources & ideas, much insight, the value of research, organizing, the publishing industry, and much more. I enjoyed this book and it helped me alot although, I had already published my first non-fiction book. Great book!
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