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ISBN-13: 978-1605501475 ISBN-10: 1605501476

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605501476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605501475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is THE book that every would-be author needs to own. It's full of incredibly practical advice about how to write and sell a book. Write That Book Already! is a gem."
--Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Innocent

"[T]he joy they promise in their prose makes me glad that I and other writers have been willing to make good writing our aim, and even great writing our dream."
--Maya Angelou, from the Foreword

"I learned more from this wise, witty primer of publishing than from fifteen years in the business. . . . this is the only pen-to-shelf guide you'll ever need." --Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Write That Book Already! is the perfect companion to writer's angst, brimming with wise advice for all scribes, including myself. -- Amy Tan, author of Saving Fish From Drowning

We can only imagine how much more Tolstoy would have accomplished if only he'd had this book. -- Dave Barry, author of I'll Mature When I'm Dead

Stop! Don't write another word until you've read this book! -- Roy Blount Jr., author of Alphabet Juice

If I can't have the Enablers to kick me in the pants every writing day, at least i've got this book! -- Andrew Sean Greeg, author of The Story of a Marriage

I learned more from this wise, witty primer of publishing than from fifteen years in the business. With everything you need to know -- and some things you don't want to -- in one place, this is the only pen-to-shelf guide you'll ever need. -- Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

This is THE book that every would-be author needs to own. It's full of incredibly practical advice about how to write and sell a book -- finding an agent, writing a proposal, dealing with an editor, boosting sales -- and on top of that, it's also probably the funniest thing every written about how to get published. Write That Book Already! is a gem. -- Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Innocent

Write That Book Already! is the most informative, interesting, useful, and fun book about the business, art, and craft of book writing since... well, since ever! Terrific writing, business, and human advice by some terrific, experienced, funny, smart writers. Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry, as the Author Enablers, have been the Go-To People for aspiring writers for years, and in this book they elucidate pretty much every aspect of the craft. Appendix III alone, the Glossary of Publishing Terminology, is worth the price of admission. This book is a must-have for every aspiring writer on the planet. Buy and read this book, and -- guaranteed -- you'll come away motivated and prepared to Write That Book Already! --John Lescroart, author of Treasure Hunt

About the Author

Sam Barry is the author of How to Play the Harmonica: And Other Life Lessons. He is a marketing and promotions manager at HarperOne as well as an author and musician. Barry offers advice to aspiring writers as one half of BookPage's Author Enablers team, and tours the country as a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Kathi Kamen Goldmark is the author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You. She is the producer of the national radio show West Coast Live and has worked "on the inside" of publishing as a media escort and publicist for nearly every major publisher. She's also the other half of the Author Enablers column and the founding member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Visit Kathi and Sam at kathiandsam.net.

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If you are truly serious about starting a career you need this book.
Grace Johnson
It covers all the obvious basics, getting great ideas down, submitting manuscripts, writing cover letters, and of course, handling rejection.
DignityRocks
The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now and ran out of ink trying to highlight everything.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DignityRocks on July 23, 2010
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My copy of "Write that book Already" arrived a few days ago, and I went through it rather quickly and with ease. Well written, and witty, it offers all the basics with a spoonful of humor and tidbits you won't find anywhere else. It covers all the obvious basics, getting great ideas down, submitting manuscripts, writing cover letters, and of course, handling rejection. What is added is inserts on the pages called, "Tough Love from the Author Enablers" where Sam and Kathi add some added info, or insight, that they have which offers unique information they have collected over their careers in the author/publication business. The glossary in the back was extensive and even had a couple of terms I hadn't run across, but the chapter with a variety of famous authors sharing their favorite books and tips again was something you won't find in mainstream writing help books. Since there are so many people offering this type of advice, getting it straight from successful authors, and their particular experience, added a refreshing twist to an otherwise well researched topic. There were a few additional surprises, including Kathi's now famous Matzo balls recipe, and possible dialogs of phone calls you may receive and how you may want to respond. In today's market, it is said that only 10% of success is writing the book, and the rest is in the marketing, including all the new media, (i.e. Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc). This is covered to some extent as well. This came at a good time, since I am working on three writing projects, one of them a collaborative effort, as a co-author. This book helped me get a better feel for how I would approach the complexity of getting the information down. I will be passing it onto two colleagues currently beginning their own writing projects.

Stephanie
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2010
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Writing is hard. Getting published is harder still. That's why "Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now" by Sam Barry (Marketing and Promotions Manager, HarperOne) and author/publicist Kathi Kamen Goldmark is such an invaluable instructional resource for aspiring authors. A 226-page compendium packed from cover to cover with sage advice and practical commentary, "Write That Book Already!" provides an overview with the 'life cycle' of a book from original idea to published book -- and the marketing, publicity, and promotion that comes next. From step-by-step instructions on writing book proposals and pitch letters, to obtaining an agent, to working with editors, "Write That Book Already!" covers every aspect of the publishing process -- including the option of self-publishing. Enhanced with a glossary of publishing terms, effective tactics for dealing with writer's block, and personal stories of writers who went on to eventual success despite earlier rejections, "Write That Book Already!" is a highly recommended addition to academic and community library Writing/Publishing reference collections, and an enduringly useful read for anyone aspiring to become a successfully published author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By emudflap on December 5, 2010
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This book was recommended in an on-line chat (Washington Post??)for those of us who carry the beginnings of a book around in our heads and never get past the "thinking-about-it" stage. The authors are husband and wife who both have published works. He is the brother of humorist Dave Barry, and he is "famous" for actually writing a book on playing the harmonica.

While there are hundreds of books which tell you to "write every day and write about what you know" for mentally constipated would-be authors, this one also talks about building a marketing base, acquiring an agent, getting a publisher and what happens after the manuscript becomes an actual object. In other words, "I've been there, done that, bought the tee-shirt and here is what you look for as you follow me down the trail." Your experience may be different, but it is nice to have the advice of someone who has really walked down the path you want to follow.

In short, it's worth the money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen Taylor on December 26, 2011
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Not the best book on writing that I've read, but there are some useful tips. However, most of it will be out of date within a year or two. There is a lot here about how to do book tours, on the value of having an agent, and attracting the publisher. It's all basically how publishing use to be done. Publishing will not be done this way in the future so I'd say the book is pretty much a throw away at this point. Good ideas, but for the wrong time.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grace Johnson on May 6, 2010
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I received this book yesterday and I'm already 2/3 of the way through it. I am an aspiring writer and my dream is to someday be a published author. This book gives you many good tips on how to get your name out there, and how to make your dream become a reality. Maya Angelou gives an excellent forward and there are many great pointers from Stephen King, Amy Tan, Roy blount,Jr., Dave Barry, Scott Turrow, and others. It's presented in an informative and entertaining way. One tip from Dave Barry is if you are going on TV to promote your book to find out if they will do your makeup. If not go to a department store, buy a tube of lipstick, ask for a makeover, and then you will look perfect for your TV interview. Unfortunately it doesn't say what shade of lipstick is Mr.Barry's favorite. There is also a quote by Dave Barry on the back cover which says," We can only imagine how much more Tolstory would have accomplished if only he'd had this book".
I've become more inspired by just reading this wonderful book. There are sections labeled 'Tough Love' where the authors give serious and well thought out advice about writing. In fact one of the most important ways to realize your dream of being a writer is to write. Everyday. This sounds so obvious but I'm constantly surprised at how much I procrastinate when it actually comes to putting something down on paper. It's nice to know that I am not the only one with this problem. It also gives you the truth about writing being a solitary venture most of the time. There are excellent suggestions about joining writers groups and how not to annoy your friends and relatives while you are writing. One thing I found very helpful is the index in the back of the book where you can look up certain topics.
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