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ISBN-13: 978-0399528286 ISBN-10: 0399528288 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Revised edition (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399528288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399528286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.


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The author of six books for writers, Elizabeth's last book, Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore, was featured in "The Writer" magazine as one of the "8 Great Writing Books of 2008," and described as "perhaps the most comprehensive book on revising fiction."

Elizabeth Lyon is an independent book editor, instructor, conference speaker, and author. She began her full-time career in 1988, teaching dozens of community ed writing and publishing classes and workshops in Eugene, Oregon. She led three critique groups of writers on a weekly basis in her home for 13 years. She consults with writers, and edits their whole or partial books, queries, synopses, and proposals. Elizabeth has participated in the publishing success of dozens of nonfiction books, novels, 'indies' (self-published books), and contest winners.

She lives in Springfield, Oregon. She volunteers as a Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and is contemplating a cozy mystery series. When not writing e-booklets on writing, she is concentrating on finishing a memoir. For details about editing services, client successes, and to sign-up for announcements of future writing booklets, contact: www.elizabethlyon.com

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It's well organized, crisp, and complete.
John Foster
From Lyon's book, I've learned how to write a query that catches the attention of the recipient, how to write a synopsis, how to format, and what I need to submit.
Mary T. Matsumoto
As with her previous book, "A Writer's Guide to Fiction", I cannot recommend this title highly enough.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I dug into the "Sell Your Novel Toolkit" right away, pulling out information I needed immediately, then went back and read the entire book beginning to end. Ms. Lyon has done a superb job of packing all the tools a novel writer could need into her beautifully written "Toolkit." It's been my guide through each step of marketing my fiction. The amount of research packed into the appendices alone is worth the cost of the book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "dhanselmo" on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Lyon's new book, Sell Your Novel Toolkit, provides a detailed roadmap for producing a well qualified query letter, synopsis and tips to manage that all important marketing strategy.

Ms. Lyon's Toolkit is written from the perspective of an accomplished, well-seasoned author who has experienced it all and learned from her own writing successes. Ms. Lyon's product is not only functional, but encouraging to the author who is already established, or entering the publishing environment for the first time.

The Toolkit has enhanced my abilities as a newly published author and I look forward to the next book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pastorio on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book answers virtually all questions about how to get there from here. The author offers the guiding principles and then examples for every step except actually writing the novel. She details the processes from creating the query and synopsis to the various alternatives for marketing the novel. It's a well designed view that shows the steps. What she doesn't do is minimize the fact that it's all work and to be taken seriously. Really want to sell that novel? Read this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James G. Elwood on July 10, 2006
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It's very hard to complete a novel, and after you complete it and begin to think about how to get it published can become overwhelming. That one page query letter that agents and publishers read and judge your writing ability on is an education in itself. This book will help you craft that all-important letter.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Candice C. Davis on June 30, 2003
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Obviously an accomplished writer herself, Ms. Lyon seems to have a sixth sense about the quandaries we novelists ponder each night when we could be sleeping. Should I write a prologue? How do I keep track of crisscrossing submissions? Should I give up after the tenth rejection letter? Tool Kiit offers the steadying voice of an accomplished independent editor who has made it her life's work to delve into every detail of publishing, and she has come up with a workable plan of attack.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Matsumoto on June 18, 2003
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I've learned so much from Elizabeth Lyon. I keep my copy of the Sell Your Novel Toolkit within arm's reach because I find it indispensable whenever I'm ready to market my manuscript, no matter what part of the process I'm involved with. From Lyon's book, I've learned how to write a query that catches the attention of the recipient, how to write a synopsis, how to format, and what I need to submit. I've also learned what to do if I get a rejection and what to do if my manuscript is accepted. I feel that Lyon has a sincere interest in helping writers achieve their dream.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By moriahskies on July 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I can write novels, but I can't produce a decent synopsis or query letter to save my life. This is the ONLY book I've found that provides a very easy to follow structure in writing the synopsis for your novel. I think the synopsis is very much a left-brained activity, and I found it difficult to summarize my 350 page story into one page. But the structure she provides you with WORKS. I think she actually put it together from one of the books in her appendix: The Writer's Journey which talks about the symbolic journey of the hero. (I actually already had this book but didn't read it until I found it referenced in this book, go figure.) It was an aha moment when I realized the synopsis should summarize the journey of the character rather than the sequence of events in the novel--very subtle but critical difference. She provides good info on query letters too and lots of examples, but to me, it's those 3 pages in chapter 4 that make the whole book worthwhile.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Henser on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is pitched at new novelists, and provides a very readable, practical and comprehensive guide to all aspects of promoting that first novel in today's highly competitive market, including both methods of self-promotion and the use of agents. The sections dealing with the use of synopses will also assist first-time novelists to tighten up the structure of their work before approaching agents and publishers. A valuable marketing took for new novelists and those who have cause to advise them.
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