- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Allworth Press; Second edition (September 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581157436
- ISBN-13: 978-1581157437
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals Second Edition
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In the book’s Introduction, Allen writes that the publishing world was a tough place for writers back in 2001, but it is tougher now. Indeed, the pace is faster, competition is greater, and the industry’s expectations for writers are pushed further and further.
So how can Allen handle cover it all? With eight books in one, that’s how. This new edition covers the basics of proposals and queries, syndicated columns, how to market your book, understanding self-publishing, and writing for business. The inclusion of social media and ebooks are, of course, the newest sections.
Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals does a great job covering book manuscript preparation, the delicate dance of submission, and the perfect pitch. The sample documents and resources will encourage you to promote your work as an author, and to explore freelance writing as a way to expand your book’s visibility.
Allen is author of dozens of books and hundreds of freelance articles. She is the ideal person to guide you on your path to success in publishing.
—Helen Gallagher, NY Journal of Books
“In The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches, and Proposals, Moira Allen offers writers practical advice (and great examples) to help them get their work published. A great source for the writer’s bookshelf.”—Elfrieda Abbe, Publisher, The Writer
“This book is an excellent resource for beginning and experienced writers, packed with useful tips and practical examples. In addition to covering essential topics such as writing queries for articles and books, syndication, and writing columns, it also discusses alternative publishing methods, grants, networking, and other opportunities for writers. Highly recommended.”—Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Founder, Inkspot
“Whether you write articles, novels, nonfiction books, business material, or something in between, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches, and Proposals is brimming with valuable information for you. Allen and a host of experienced writers offer everything from submission basics to venturing boldly into cyberspace. This should be required reading for all writers!”—Karen S. Wiesner, award-winning author of From First Draft to Finished Novel: A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building
About the Author
Moira Anderson Allen has been writing professionally for more than 30 years, contributing to such publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, Byline, and Entrepreneur, among others. She is the author of seven books (including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Allworth Press, 2003, 2011) and more than 300 published articles. Her versatile background includes technical writing, corporate editing, corporate newsletter directing, and operating her own publishing firm. A long-time instructor of freelance and creative writing at community colleges, Allen is often a speaker at writing conferences and workshops. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.
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(received ebook ARC from netgalley)
Any writer who is attending a conference in the near future should study the section on pitches. As more and more editors request proposals for multi-book contracts, it would be wise to read some tried and true suggestions. I'm a visual person and love examples. This book doesn't disappoint.
Many writers today must branch out to other media outlets to survive in this competitive market. Whether you are considering a newspaper/web column, magazine article, novel or travel guide, this book will tell you how to present your idea to the powers that be.
Received through NetGalley.