Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get it Published

W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - 284 páginas

Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas—and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:

• why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions;

• how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work;

• how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore;

• why the most important chapter is your introduction;

• why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction;

• why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible.

Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.


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Crítica de los usuarios  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

I borrowed this book from my local library and am glad I did so. This contains a lot of relevant, pertinent advice from two great editors that explain to you what works, what doesn't, and what falls ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - TiffanyAK - LibraryThing

There is a lot of good stuff here about book publishing, how the process works, and what agents and editors tend to focus on. This is also accompanied by some advice that is likely quite useful ... Leer comentario completo

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Thinking Like an Editor Audience Audience Audience
The Submission Package
How to Write a Proposal
Wrapping Up the Submission Package The Table of Contents the Sample Chapter and Supporting Materials
Placing Your Manuscript with a Publisher To Agent or Not to Agent and Other Questions about the Publishing Acquisition Process
The Writing Process
A Question of Fairness and Other Limits of Argument in Serious Nonfiction
Using Narrative Tension
Prom Introduction to Epilogue Writing Your Book Chapter to Chapter and What to Do When You Get into Trouble
Prom Editing to Marketing to Publication
How to Be Published Well
A Sample Proposal and Writing Sample
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Susan Rabiner is the former editorial director of Basic Books. She was a senior editor at Oxford University Press and Pantheon Books.

Alfred Fortunato is a freelance editor and writer.

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