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Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805065512, Paperback)Robert Masello's Writer Tells All starts at the very beginning of the writing process--"Starbucks should be your reward, not your office"--and follows through to the (often) very bitter end. Most books, says Masello in this humorous introduction to the business of writing a book and getting it published, seem to be "published in the dead of night, distributed under the tightest security, and publicized at a pitch that only dogs can hear." Masello discusses book proposals, first drafts, agents, editors, contracts, publicists, book tours, and royalties. He dispels the myth of the autographed copy (contrary to popular belief, publishers do take signed returns from bookstores), divulges the secret to knowing whether there's a check included with your royalty statement (hint: feel for staples), and discloses the dreary truth about book signings ("you'd make more money babysitting"). He braces his readers for those charming conversations with talk-show hosts who "have spent more time combing their hair than they have preparing for your interview," and he revels in the glory that having a publicist invites. "There's something absolutely wonderful about having someone whose job it is to say nothing but good things about you," he writes. "Even your mom may occasionally have her doubts, but your publicist? Never." --Jane Steinberg
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