A practical guide for a booming market. Every aspiring self-published author needs this guide, which covers everything from design to sales. It reveals all the tools they'll need, including worksheets for estimating costs, timing, and resources; up-to-date information on production and design; formats for many genres; strategies for publicity and sales; plus success stories from self- published authors. * Publishers Marketing Association estimates there are 73,000 small and self- publishers in the U.S., with 8,000-11,000 new ones each year * Of the approximately 2.8 million books in print, 78% of the titles come from small/self-publishers (PMA) * For small and self-publishers, sales increased 21% annually from 1997-2002; in 2002, these 73,000 publishers grossed $29.4 billion * 81% of the population feels they have a book inside them; 6 million have written a manuscript; and another 6 million have a manuscript making the rounds
A completely updated guide for first-time novelists. Completely revised to include new interviews with best-selling authors; more detailed information on writing genre fiction from paranormal romance to cozy mysteries; and everything a writer needs to know about self-publishing and eBooks to get started. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference on how to write and publish a first novel. ?Expert author with over thirty published novels ?Includes interviews with new best-selling novelists ?Features new material on writing genre fiction and self-publishing
The great idea is only the beginning. The typical business book author often lacks style, voice, pace, or focus. This guide takes the reader on a virtual tour of business book publishing, providing all the information essential to a successful book, from shaping the idea to writing the proposal to approaching an agent and beyond. ?Covers the essentials of marketing and publicity ?Addresses self-publishing, for those business book writers who simply look to sell their books at conferences ?The Complete Idiot's Guides® dedicated to writing and publishing continue to do well
You're no idiot, of course. You know it's unhealthy to obsess about a waiter's insulting remarks, and you're tired of hearing your 'best friend' remind you of your shortcomings. But when it comes to actually confronting the verbal bullies in your life, you feel like your yellow streak has turned into stripes. Don't swallow your pride just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Verbal Self-Defense', by best-selling author Dr. Lillian Glass, shows you how to take control of the situation.
'Honest and precise, everything about writing for children there is to know.' Jane Yolen, author Here is the comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and selling for an ever-expanding and always exciting children's market, now in a new and updated third edition. - Includes new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to choose a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout. - Offers practical advice on getting started and on dealing with out-of-print books. - Covers picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, middle-grade and young novels, and common formats and genres. - Reveals what happens inside a children's publishing company, and provides guidance in working with an editor. - Sample cover and query letters, manuscript format, glossary, and recommended resources in an extensive appendix. - Plus information on agents, contracts, copyright, marketing and more.
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You're no idiot, of course. You excel at your job, raise great kids, and even participate in local organizations. But when it comes to asserting yourself in tricky situations, you feel like hiding under your desk. Stand up and be heard! The 'Complete Idiot's Guide to Assertiveness' provides you with step-by-step guidelines for asserting yourself with everyone from your kids to your boss. Feel confident about negotiating with your landlord, speaking up at a town meeting, and even telling your mother-in-law that you don't want to come over for dinner! In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -Idiot-proof steps to stop you from saying yes when you mean no. -Expert advice on knowing when it's worth it to assert, and when you should just let things ride. -Easy-to-follow guidelines for asserting yourself with your boss. -Tips, definitions and warnings to help you along the way.