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Being a writer

Advice for Scientists Who Want to Write for the Public

by Rob Dunn We are working on a new book in the lab called The Book of Invisible Life. In this book, we will compile stories about microscopic species, stories written by both professional writers and by scientists. The scientists involved have been asking for tips about writing for the public and so I composed of list of suggestions.

10 Quick and Easy Digital Marketing Tools for Authors

Regardless of whether you're self-published or have a Big 5 publisher behind your book, all authors are doing the same thing: promoting themselves and their book. While marketing takes away time from what we authors do best - writing - it's a necessary evil.

How to Create a Writer's Profile | eHow

The key to a good profile is knowing what elements to list in order to catch a potential employer's attention. Follow these tips in order to create a writer's profile that documents your writing achievements. Instructions More Like This You May Also Like Starting and building a portfolio is an essential step to building a career and gaining success as a freelance writer.

Building Your Profile as a Writer

"Have you ever had anything published?" That seems to be the first question people ask when they find out you want be a writer. It's such a frustrating question, because it whittles your passion and commitment down to a simple byline. And when you explain how hard it is to achieve the right combination of luck,...

Crafting the Perfect Profile

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer Queries, Pitches and Proposals by John Rains Profiles demand a lot of a writer. And when they are done well, they showcase a writer's skill. All too often, however, profiles fall short. This is usually because: The character remains undeveloped as a person.

Whether you're a novice writer making initial contacts with industry professionals or an experienced author seeking new opportunities, presenting yourself in the best light possible is of the utmost importance. You must carefully develop and preserve your profile as a writer, and one of the most important ways to start is with your writer's CV.

A Writer's Profile is a reflection of who you are as a writer. It is important to consider this in order to recognize your writing strengths and weaknesses. With this knowledge you can work on improving your writing abilities. Reflecting on your writing also allows you to consider the different types of writing you do in life.

Publishing 101: What You Need to Know |

It might sound like an unfair stereotype, but it's true: Those of us who have worked in publishing can attest to the obvious fact that few first-time writers have the slightest idea of what goes on behind the scenes at their publishers. And it's not because it's top-secret information that agents and editors don't want you to know.

The publishing process can appear convoluted at times, especially if this is your first time thinking about writing a book or working on turning it from manuscript to finished article. At Bloomsbury Academic each and every stage is carefully planned and monitored by the people charged with looking after your books - us.

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

This post is a companion to Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published. My expertise on this topic comes from more than a decade of acquisitions experience at a traditional publisher, where I reviewed thousands of proposals. A book proposal argues why your book (idea) is a salable, marketable product.

SO, YOU WANT TO WRITE A TEXTBOOK: One Author's Experience by David A. Rees Southern Utah University (435) 586-5416 SO, YOU WANT TO WRITE A TEXTBOOK: One Author's Experience Almost from the time I began teaching I wanted to write a textbook.

Do-It-Yourself Textbook Publishing

We have just survived an adventure in do-it-yourself (DIY) publishing by finishing a software-engineering textbook. Our goal was to produce a high-quality, popular textbook that was inexpensive while still providing authors a decent royalty. We can tell you DIY publishing can lead to a highly rated, low-priced textbook.

How to Research & Identify Top Websites & Blogs in Your Category

I often advise new bloggers to identify the top blogs or communities for their target audience, and build relationships with those bloggers. (Don't see blogging as a competition. It's a community.) But then the question arises, how do you identify the top websites and blogs in your category or for your audience?

Draft Your Platform Action Plan: 5 Worksheets

Last weekend at the Midwest Writers Workshop, I offered a workshop on author platform building. Part of the workshop included 5 worksheets to help writers take an inventory of their platform (as it stands today), and also brainstorm how to better grow it. Good news for you: I'm making my platform worksheets available for free.

3 Numbers That Matter to Your Platform

Nonfiction authors have probably heard the refrain, "Build your platform! Build your platform!" but may not know what a strong platform looks like. Every platform is different (we are all unique individuals!), but here are 3 specific numbers that can come in handy when proving the size, strength, or impact of your online platform, especially in a book proposal.

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

This post is a companion to Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published. My expertise on this topic comes from more than a decade of acquisitions experience at a traditional publisher, where I reviewed thousands of proposals. A book proposal argues why your book (idea) is a salable, marketable product.

SAMPLE BOOK PROPOSAL (from a Professional Literary Agency)

It is a lot of work to create a good book proposal, but it is one of the most important aspects of landing a reputable publisher.! Michael Christian (penname: William Cane) has a helpful website for writing proposals.

How to Write a Book Proposal | Rachelle Gardner

There are several great books available on writing book proposals. My favorites for non-fiction are: A good book for fiction proposals is: Here are bare-bones outlines of what a book proposal looks like. Title page: Title, authors' names, phone numbers, email addresses. One sentence summary: It captures your book.

How to Write a Book Proposal

This page will direct you to some examples of book proposal sections so that you can put together a winning book proposal. As mentioned in my discussion on how to get published, if you're interested in writing a book-length work of nonfiction, you don't need to write the entire manuscript before you make the sale; indeed, most professional writers, and most beginners as well, use a book proposal to close the deal.

Overview of the book publishing process

At Elsevier we understand that while you are an expert in your subject area, you may not have prior experience or knowledge of book publishing. This section is intended to provide some background on the key stages of our book publishing process so you know what to expect if you are a new author, or can learn what has changed if you have authored a book in the past.

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