In this highly useful guide, international literary agent Jennifer Lyons leads more than 30 expert contributors in demystifying the business side of writing for aspiring authors.Whether you’re unclear on what to expect from your first book deal or just a little puzzled by your editor’s whims, The Business of Writing is the book for you. In it, Lyons empowers aspiring and experienced writers with everything they need to know about the business of selling books, from publicity to the legal and financial aspects of the trade. A senior agent for 17 years before opening her own literary agency, Lyons has taught numerous courses on the business of writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and has visited both undergraduate and graduate writing programs to share her expert knowledge.
This enjoyable guide brings Jennifer’s in-depth tutorials to the broader public, balancing accessible, bulleted information for writers on the critical stages of acquiring and maintaining representation with interviews with professionals in the field.
Interviewees include a Harper's magazine editor, a contracts manager, and other publishing professionals that you can expect to encounter as you advance in your career. Covering everything from how to write the perfect query letter to deconstructing the terminology of a publishing contract, this indispensable handbook to the writer's trade will give you a thorough introduction to the nuts and bolts of publishing.
International literary agent Jennifer Lyons' enjoyable guide demystifies the business side of writing for both aspiring and experienced writers. Award-winning narrator Tara Sands employs her crisp voice to set the tone of this audiobook, combining authority with sincerity and allowing Lyons' genuine desire to empower writers and share her wisdom shine through. This audio handbook also has more than 30 experts offering practical advice on subjects ranging from writing query letters to deconstructing publishing contracts, making it an indispensable tool for all writers.
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Made it 2 hours with nothing useful or practical
Any useful and practical advice would have helped.
Not having a series of resumes and author biographies would have helped tremendously; that is essentially all the book is, a compilation of interviews of the writer's career with no attempt to apply their personal experience to help other writers. It would be nice if every other sentence was not I, I, I. It really makes the writer seem extremely ego-centric. It seems the writer was motivated to brag and the careers of those who provide advice was not very impressive anyways.
The performer's tone and voice matches the writing -- self absorbed.
I am still listening as I write this and I can honestly say I still have not heard anything that can be considered a tip, let alone a useful tip.
This is not a book it is a lengthy advertisement which actually makes me not want to read any of the people mentioned.
For writers -- to read and reread.