Dorothy Hearst: Writing and Publishing Your Book

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Dorothy Hearst's breakout session at BlogPaws 2012: Writing and Publishing Your Book - Tips from a Writer-Editor

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Dorothy Hearst: Writing and Publishing Your Book

  1. 1. Writing and Publishing Your Book Tips from a Writer-Editor Dorothy Hearst Author Promise of the Wolves & Secrets of the Wolves
  2. 2. Writing & Publishing Your Book• Writing The Book – Developing Your Idea – Getting Started – Making it Good• Selling Your Book – About Agents – About the Proposal – About You• After You Get to Yes – Care and Feeding of Publishers – Marketing While Writing6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  3. 3. Writing Developing Your Idea #1 Non-Narrative Nonfiction• Something Has to Matter• What is Unique About Your Book• Is It Enough for a Book – Ask Yourself “So What?”6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  4. 4. Writing Developing Your Idea #2 Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction• Something Has to Matter• Nurture Your Idea• Deepen Your Idea – Ask so what, how, what next?6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  5. 5. Writing Getting Started• Overcoming Fear and Shame• Write No Matter What• Write Really Bad Stuff6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  6. 6. Writing Make it Good• Revise, Revise, Revise• Do Your Homework• Read & Learn• Keep Developing Your Craft6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  7. 7. Selling Your Book About Agents• Do You Need An Agent?• How to Find an Agent (or Publisher)6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  8. 8. Selling Your Book The Proposal• The Elevator Pitch• The Proposal – Audience – Need – Purpose (How you will meet the need) – What is Unique?6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  9. 9. Selling Your Book About You• Platform• Know Your Market• Be the Author They Want to Sign6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012
  10. 10. Once You Get to “Yes” The Care & Feeding of Publishers Getting what you want (or at least what you need)• Be Nice. To Everyone• Be Assertive & Confident (but nice)• Think of the relationship as a partnership• Marketing While Writing6/22/2012 Dorothy Hearst BlogPaws 2012

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