You Should Really Write a Book

How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir

Author: Regina Brooks,Brenda Lane Richardson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250015669

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you've ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you've decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don't happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today's vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too. Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions—essential tools for maximizing memoir success.
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The Agony of Victory

When Winning Isn't Enough

Author: Steve Friedman

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628722789

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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Discover the human side of thirteen exceptional athletes in this “fascinating” anthology that explores the fine line between passion and obsession (Michael Connelly, New York Times–bestselling author of Two Kinds of Truth). So many strive to achieve the life of a champion athlete. But while victory can be sweet, it inevitably comes with struggle and sacrifice. In this book that follows the rise and fall of thirteen incredible athletes, you’ll get inside the mind of the fastest cyclist of his time—a man whose craving for speed was outstripped by a terrible urge toward self-annihilation. You will meet the most accomplished high-school runner in American history, whose long-distance records still astound and who, a few years later, abruptly abandoned his wife and three small children. And, you’ll read of the briefly glorious life of the leading scorer in Division I college basketball, one of the inner city’s great success stories . . . while it lasted. Superbly written and deeply insightful, The Agony of Victory follows the paths of ravaged champions in solitary crafts such as cycling and running, bowling and boxing, hiking and golf. These individuals master their sports, driven only by a burning need to prove themselves. Movingly depicted, here are their painful journeys to grace and their eventual realization that no victory brings lasting happiness. In short, here is the human experience, told in seconds and miles, scorecards and records. “A terrific, powerful read . . . In Friedman’s commanding storytelling, the result is hauntingly sublime.” —The Seattle Times
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Designing Connected Content

Plan and Model Digital Products for Today and Tomorrow

Author: Carrie Hane,Mike Atherton

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0134764048

Category: Computers

Page: 99998

View: 2730

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With digital content published across more channels than ever before, how can you make yours easy to find, use, and share? Is your content ready for the next wave of content platforms and devices? In Designing Connected Content, Mike Atherton and Carrie Hane share an end-to-end process for building a structured content framework. They show you how to research and model your subject area based on a shared understanding of the important concepts, and how to plan and design interfaces for mobile, desktop, voice, and beyond. You will learn to reuse and remix your valuable content assets to meet the needs of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Discover a design method that starts with content, not pixels. Master the interplay of content strategy, content design, and content management as you bring your product team closer together and encourage them to think content first. Learn how to Model your content and its underlying subject domain Design digital products that scale without getting messy Bring a cross-functional team together to create content that can be efficiently managed and effectively delivered Create a framework for tackling content overload, a multitude of devices, constantly changing design trends, and siloed content creation
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Create Your Writer Platform

The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an A uthor

Author: Chuck Sambuchino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1599635798

Category: Reference

Page: 248

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Creating a platform isn't just beneficial--it's essential! In today's world of blogging, websites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook updates, building a writer platform from the ground up can seem a daunting task. Never fear--author and editor Chuck Sambuchino provides expert, practical advice for increasing your visibility, selling more books, and launching a successful career. In Create Your Writer Platform, you'll learn: • The definition of a platform--and why you should start building one now. • How to harness the 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform. • "Old School" and "New School" approaches to platform, from article writing and conference speaking to website development, blog posts, and social media avenues. • How to develop a platform for nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. In addition to Chuck's invaluable insights, you'll also find 12 case studies from authors with effective platforms, as well as professional advice from literary agents. If you're serious about building a platform tailored to you and your writing--a platform that's going to help you succeed as a writer--look no further than Create Your Writer Platform.
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Bipolar: a Life Story

Bipolar: a Life Story

Author: Scott James Jordan

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469121158

Category: Psychology

Page: 108

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As a little boys journey begins, Scott Jordan experiences continuous childhood traumas and is grief stricken by his mothers ultimate abandonment, jumping overboard to her watery death from a cruise ship. He grows up sad, confused and angry. Subsequently Scott has another personal hell to wage war with; Manic depressive illness. His life is a succession of delusional, psychotic, manic episodes and crippling suicidal depressions. He is caught in an intricate web of misfiring brain chemistry. The dawning desire to live without fear and paranoia, a few angels in street clothes, and an amazing faith, Scott discovers life, a miracle of wonder
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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The Lady in The Window

A compilation of short horror stories

Author: Angel Ernst

Publisher: Angel Ernst

ISBN: 1502559250

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

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Five unique terrifying horror stories. Urban Legends always have some truth to them, sometimes monsters really do exist, be careful what you wish for it may just get it in the end, a mother's revenge is not always as it appears, head the warnings of the Journal..........Each story will keep your heart racing til the end.
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Git-R-Done

Author: Larry the Cable Guy

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 030733757X

Category: Humor

Page: 288

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Git-R-Done is chock-full of fart jokes and straight talk about America. I sat down one day and said to myself, “Larry, you’ve done it all. You’ve got three gold records, a successful DVD, a hit TV show, a picture of Shania Twain givin’ ya the finger, and most important, the high score on Frogger. What more could you possibly do?” Then I started thinking about writing a book. I wanted mostly to write Git-R-Done for all those good Americans who just wanna laugh like I do. Come on inside and hear me make fun of Janet Reno, Rosie O’Donnell, and my fat sister, who caused a twelve-tray pileup in front of the caramel nut rolls at the country buffet. I’m gonna tell you why Dick Trickle is my hero, why we need to get back to good ol’ common sense, and why I prefer a picture of the Last Supper with NASCAR drivers as the disciples over just about anything. Lord, I apologize! The book will go down in history as one of America’s most important events since the breakup of Aldo Nova. Even my mom liked the book—here’s what she said: “There’s really not much I can say here except for I apologize to everyone ahead of time for the crap you are about to read.” Git-R-Done is just plain funny, I don’t care who ya are! Also available as an eBook.
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Our Time

A High School Baseball Coach’s Journey

Author: Scott Illiano

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 146202758X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A coach is part teacher, part parent, part student, part mentor, and part guru. He must possess a stern hand and a comforting touch—and the wisdom to discern when each is needed. Each decision he makes is a part of a perilous high wire act that can propel a team forward or send a season tumbling downward. But when does a coach truly become a coach? Is it after some athletic director looks across the desk, offers his hand, and says, “Congratulations, you’ve got the job?” Is it after that first win? That first championship? Or is it when all those nagging questions in the back of the mind finally stop nagging? Scott Illiano, head baseball coach of the West Essex High School Knights, chronicles his incredible journey from waiter in a chain restaurant to veteran coach in Our Time. Discover how an unproven coach and a patchwork group of underdogs battle injuries, biting cold temperatures, and fierce competition in their quest to win the Greater Newark Tournament, the oldest and most prestigious baseball tournament in the state of New Jersey. Twenty kids and four coaches share a dream and a whole lot of heart. Through their journey, in victory and defeat, struggle and success, readers will find out when a coach becomes a coach.
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