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Learning The Lingo: Cracking the Code (and secrets) of the Writing and Publishing Industry: 10 Thinks You Need to Know Before Attending a Writers' Conference (Excellence In Writing) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Sproles
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LEARNING THE LINGO: Cracking the Code (and Secrets) of the Writing and Publishing Industry is a must-have for staying abreast of the ever-changing world of writing and publishing. Year-to-year, new methods of printing, critiquing, and simple jargon change. LEARNING THE LINGO helps the writer wander through the writing maze, from that first fifteen-minute appointment across from an agent, to formatting and jargon.

From teaching nationwide at writers conferences, Cindy Sproles has gathered tidbits of information people never tell you … things that are assumed every writer knows—but doesn’t. This quick read is a valuable tool and easy reference guide for a writer heading out the door for a conference, critique group, or writers workshop.


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  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938499956
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3MKT7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! June 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
So, you want to be a writer and don't know where to start. If so, this book is a great introduction to the writing world. Who knew so much information could be packed into a 30-page book? Not me, I wish I'd had this book when I started writing many years ago.

The information is current and spot-on as far as terminology goes.

My only disagreement comes with the comment that you must have an agent. Not true. I'm a multi-published author and have 4 books contracted at the moment. And all without an agent. Other than that, this book is wonderful and a must read for beginning authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gold mine for new writers! May 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This little book is filled from cover to cover with information that will guide you through the maze of the writing and publishing industry. It is a must-have for new writers, especially those attending their first writers' conference. The lingo can be confusing and a little overwhelming. This is an easy, user-friendly guide that you will refer to over and over. I wish this book had been available when I attended my first conference.
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Very good information. Worth the buy if you're looking to get published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure September 26, 2013
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Good things come in small packages. In the case of Learning the Lingo by Cindy Sproles, I'll change that to GREAT things come in small packages. The thirty page booklet is full of easy to read information on Learning the Lingo (in writing and publishing), to conferences and everything in-between. Learning the Lingo won't go on my book shelves--it found a home right next to my computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning the Lingo by Cindy Sproles July 14, 2013
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Learning the Lingo is thirty small pages of dynamite. For those beginning a writing career or attending their first writer's conference, it is a must read. Every word is straight forward and practical. I wish I had access to such a succinct guide before my first writer's conference.

This small book answers the questions everyone has about meeting editors and agents, or even sitting around a talking to other writers. It will keep you from looking like a complete novice and prevent embarrassing mistakes. The short time it takes to read the book will enable you to leave a positive impression on the professionals you meet with and get the most from your appointments.

Beginning writers--shouldn't leave home without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read July 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
Cindy hit a home run with this one. First, it's easy to read. No fluff, just to the point. It has just enough information for those who are just beginning the writing journey but also enough that those who've been at it a while can pick up a thing or two. I loved that in the chapter on learning the lingo, when she told us what the lingo was, there were examples. It helped me see how I was doing some "RUE" and "GWS" in my own writing.

The etiquette section on meeting with editors was spot on as well. Good advice that's simple to follow. I would encourage writers at all stages to buy "Learning The Lingo".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning The Lingo July 1, 2013
Format:Paperback
"Learning the Lingo", by Cindy Sproles is an amazing short-read booklet, packed with loads of information for first time writers. The booklet includes: what to expect at writers conferences, clarifies the lingo of writing and publishing, shares appointment etiquette with agents/editors, making a pitch for your book, proposal formatting, conference classes and much more.
Cindy's desire to encourage aspiring writers, coupled with practical insights and information, makes this book both a pleasant and very informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical concepts of enormous benefit June 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Cindy Sproles, a published author proficient in several genre, shares with humility and generosity practical concepts of enormous benefit to new authors in Leanring the Lingo. She's nailed many of the most persistently confusing terms letting novices into the inner circle of writing and publishing. This book will quickly level the playing field for newbies wanting to break into print or ebooks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Nutshell
This is not the only introductory book to the writing industry I have read. A few have been helpful, but none packed with so much information in 30 pages. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Danny Woodall
4.0 out of 5 stars Be in the Know about Writing Terms
This book is a must-addition to your writing library. Whether you are a new writer or well on your way, it will make the journey easier. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Phyllis Qualls Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure for Beginning Writers
I recommend buying this book before ever going to a writing conference. Having personally stumbled around at conferences for a few years, I could have really used some assistance... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carol G. Stratton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty Pages that Pack a Punch
Thirty pages of pure insights that gets right to the point. No over explaining, just clear steps as to what aspiring writers can expect to achieve if we follow the valuable... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Diane Vernitsky Jellen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Investment!
I wish this resource had been available when I began my writing journey and especially before I attended my first writer's conference. Wow! Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic and Good Info for Writers
This book was worth the few dollars I spent for it -it's basic and too the point. I wish I had known some of this "lingo" when I first started writing.
Published 14 months ago by Susan M. Baganz
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading...
Learning the Lingo is a terrific resource for those new to publishing. Cindy Sproles' conversational style is helpful without being intimidating as she covers publishing... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ava Pennington
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