Publishing is every writer’s dream, but the road from manuscript to book-store sales takes quite a while.
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The editor and agent speak the same language. Agents know the editors and publishing houses better than authors and thus also know how much wiggle room there truly is when negotiating the contract.
If all goes to plan, you hooked the agent/editor enough with the query letter to make them turn the page and start reading your synopsis. The synopsis gives them a taste and leaves them wanting more.
The query letter is your audition for the part of writer. It’s proof that you can write. It is a one page document in which you introduce yourself and your manuscript.
A concept is a conventional claim with a spin on it. It’s the way the issue is framed.
You sit back, confident. The final corrections made to your manuscript. You’ve self-edited yourself to bits. Now what? How do you publish it?
When you’re writing, you’re all over the place in creativity and flow. When you’re rewriting, you are tidying up, restoring the order so your writing stays on track. Rewriting: reworking elements of the story to make it more immediate and dramatic.
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AIDA stands for attention, interest, desire and action. These are the criteria that must be met in order to persuade someone to do something, through the written word.
A book proposal is a sample of the structure and description of the book. It is an important part of the sales pitch, usually for established writers. It is highly unusual for a first-time writer to sell on the strength of the proposal.
In order to start selling your books, you need to have your sales pitch. This is a summary of your story, done by a certain structure in five sentences.
Summarizing your story isn’t just necessary for your sales pitch, it’s also a very easy way to make sure that every scene you write relates to the story you want to tell. You will need to write a few different types of summaries for different purposes.
Plot summaries are once (max two) sentences that somehow describe the gist of your plot. The plot summary tells your readers what to expect, what sort of story it is and who the protagonist is. Preferably it describes the beginning, middle and ending somehow. This represents the core of your story and should be expressible in very few words but compassing many pages.