Recommended Books and Partners for Writers...
We are fortunate to know and work with
many talented individuals and companies who
can help authors achieve their writing goals.
We highly recommend the following group
of professionals and encourage you to contact
them regarding their expert services.
Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books,and Finding Success as an Author, Chuck Sambuchino, (Writers Digest Books)
"Success ultimately will depend on how valuable potential readers view whatever it is
you are blogging about, tweeting, etc. so one of the biggest mistakes is not spending the
time and resources to craft an appealing message and content in a very crowded and noisy
marketplace." John Willig pp. 37
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters, Marilyn Allen
Inside information from publishing professionals.
The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Book Proposals & Query Letters will help writers catch the attention of literary agents with step-by-step instructions on crafting effective queries and proposals for both fiction and non-fiction books that will put them on the road to publication.
- The only book on book proposals that also targets a fiction audience
- The most comprehensive information on query letters found in any book on writing
The Art and Science of Book Publishing, Herbert S. Bailey, Jr., (Univ. of Texas Press)
From the Epilogue "On Quality"
"It has been said that printing, like architecture, is a servant art.
Printing serves publishing, and publishing serves civilization.
Books reach every aspect of our culture, interpreting the past and
the present, anticipating the future, carrying necessary information,
portraying life as it was and is and as it can be imagined. All kinds
of books do this and all kinds of publishers have opportunities to
exercise judgment on quality on the effects of what they publish, for
books do have effects, both good and bad. If a publisher runs the
business well, they have greater opportunities to favor quality, to distribute
it widely, and thus contribute something worthwhile to mankind."
Author 101 Bestselling Book Proposals: The Insider's Guide to Selling Your Work, Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman, (AdamsMedia)
"I've got a great idea for a book!" But a great idea is not enough what you need is a killer book proposal. With publishing gurus Rick Frishman and Robyn Friedman Spizman as your guides, you can create a proposal that makes your idea singand appeals to right publishers.
Excerpts from the book:
"It's a crowded marketplace", agent John Willig, President
of Literary Services Inc. points out. "So publishers are looking
for writers who write books that are aligned with the author's
everyday work and practice. That alignment today is critical, plus the
author must be involved in activities that can support the sales of
the book's message, like speeches, workshops, e-mail communities."
"Editors are great crap detectors, agent John Willig observes. They can sense
when your promises are unrealistic."
For more observations from John and many other talented agents,
editors and writers, purchase Author 101 today. It's a gem.
Author 101: Bestselling Secrets from Top Agents, Rick Frishman, Robyn Spizman, Mark Steisel, (AdamsMedia)
You're passionate about your book. You're determined to get it published, but you just can't seem to do it by yourself. You need an ally. You need a champion. You need an agent.
Enter Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman, with this second volume in the AUTHOR 101 series. In Bestselling Secrets from Top Agents, writing gurus Rick and Robyn reveal what makes a good agent, what a good agent will and won't do for you, and how to find the right type of agent not just for your first book, but for your entire career.
The book includes insights from literary agent John Willig.
Book Proposals That $ell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success, W. Terry Whalin
(Write Now! Publications)
"Traditional publishing is shrouded with mystery. Terry Whalin peels back the curtain to
give authors an inside look at what a writer needs to provide a publisher. Following his
advice willgive you the edge you need to create a slam dunk proposal."
Michael S. Hyatt, President of Thomas Nelson Publishers
Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss
The three million copy bestseller...Precious!
Get Known Before the Book Deal...Essential reading from Writer's Digest
on building your 'platform' and book promotion and it's a free pdf download!
Email Chuck Sambuchino at Writer's Digest... firstname.lastname@example.org
Should be required reading for every writer!
Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over, Jeff Herman
(New World Library; 24th Edition edition (November 18, 2014))
Jeff Herman's Guide unmasks nonsense, clears confusion, and unlocks secret doorways to success for new and veteran writers! This highly respected resource is used by publishing insiders everywhere and has been read by millions all over the world.
It reveals the names, interests, and contact information of thousands of agents and editors. It presents invaluable information about more than 350 publishers and imprints (including Canadian and university presses), lists independent book editors who can help you make your work more publisher-friendly, and helps you spot scams.
Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind , Gail Martin
From the author's The Thrifty Author's Guide series, this book includes "secrets for successful book tours, attention-getting internet promotions, exciting websites and dynamic media interviews."
On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King, (Scribner, 2000)
"Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it's about enriching
the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.
It's about getting up, getting well and getting over. Getting happy? Okay.
Getting happy." Stephen King
Publish Your Non-Fiction Book, Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco, (Writers Digest Books; Original edition (November 25, 2009))
"Authors sometimes don't recognize that their entire team are all pulling in the same direction. Ultimately,
we are all in the same boat helping to make your work a great book. So recognize the professional expertise
and experience of your partners and listen to their advise at every turn."
—"This observation from John Willig,
President, Literary Services Inc. makes a lot of sense" pp. 168
- Hy Bender
Hy Bender is the author or co-author of 16 books that have sold
hundreds of thousands of copies. These include five books in the
popular "Dummies" series and a "Complete Idiot's Guide," which
demonstrate Hy's ability to explain even complex concepts in an
accessible, entertaining manner that anyone can understand.
Hy's also sold humor articles to such diverse national newspapers and
magazines as The New York Times, American Film, Advertising Age, Spy, and Mad Magazine. Hy's exceptional sense of humor helps to enliven anything he writes or edit.
As a developmental editor and ghostwriter, Hy has helped hundreds of
clients, ranging from total beginners to The New York Times bestselling
authors and Hollywood screenwriters. Hy is especially skilled at
crafting winning book proposals; last year a proposal he wrote for a
first-time author resulted in a $1 million advance.
- Theodore Kinni
Ted's credits include 13 business books. He has ghostwritten books for consultants, speakers, and Fortune 500 companies, including Be Our Guest for the Disney Company. He also authored and co-authored books exploring business subjects ranging from leadership and strategy to marketing/sales, customer service, and manufacturing.
Ted served as contributing editor at IndustryWeek, Quality Digest, and Workforce Training News. He has written more than 100 published articles on business topics, including cover stories for Across the Board, Training, Selling Power, and Harvard Management Update. He was editor of The Business Reader Review for five years and his business book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including Publisher's Weekly. He is a member of The National Book Critics Circle.
- Randy Peyser, Author One Stop
If you want to get your book under contract with a literary agent, Randy and her team are masterful at editing manuscripts and polishing book proposals and synopses to help you achieve your goals. Randy employs the editors of over 30 New York Times bestsellers (e.g. Dan Rather, Margaret Truman, Sidney Sheldon, Gail Sheehy, many Chicken Soup for the Soul books). Books they've ghostwritten or edited include: business; self-help; Mind, Body, Spirit; fantasy; childrens; Y/A; chick lit, romance; adult fiction; general non-fiction, memoir, thrillers; and more. She also offers a Write-a-Book Program for people who want to position themselves as an expert in their field.
- Dick Richards
Dick is the award-winning author of five books, dozens of articles, and a highly rated blog. In his own writing he has delved into
personal growth, career development, life purpose, leadership, organization change, strategy implementation, and related subjects.
Dick combines his writing and coaching skills to help others bring life to their ideas. He coaches writers, working with their hopes
and fears, and helping them find a way of writing that works for them. He creates proposals that clarify what a book is about, why
it needs to be written, why the author is the right person to write it, and why publishers ought to be interested. He will
ghostwrite your book, bringing clarity to your ideas and experience, and creating a manuscript that you will be proud to submit and
publishers will be pleased to receive.
- Mark Steisel
Mark Steisel is a ghostwriter and editor who specializes in making complex material more understandable for readers. He has written books on business, relationships, health, writing and publishing.
Books Steisel has ghostwritten include:
The four volume Author 101 series for Adams Media Corp.:
Bestselling Nonfiction, 2006
Bestselling Book Publicity, 2006
Bestselling Secrets from Top Agents, 2006
Bestselling Book Proposals, 2005
Ten Clowns Don't Make a Circus, Adams Media Corp., 2006
Networking Magic, Adams Media Corp. 2004
Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants, Wiley, 2004
The 21 Laws of Influence, Indaba Press, 2003
Guerrilla Publicity, Adams Media Corp., 2002
Dr. Fischer's Little Book of Big Medical Emergencies, Barricade Books, 2002
- Media Connect
Media Connect is one of the oldest and largest book publicity firms in the country with offices in New York City and Washington DC. The senior staff has over 100 years of book publicity experience so it can be called on for any type of book campaign imaginable. The agency conducts full scale book campaigns working with authors six months to a year in advance of the publication of their book to set up a successful book launch. In addition, the agency is also known for its ability to jumpstart a campaign with quick turnaround TV and radio tours. It has specialty divisions in the Business, Political, Christian and Hispanic fields as well.
- Big Fish Media
Big Fish Media was founded in 2008 by Herb Schaffner, a former publisher at McGraw-Hill, to help authors and thought leaders spread their ideas. We specialize in helping successful professionals—whether a yoga teacher or CEO—to develop books and content, and then connect with their audiences. We offer editorial, marketing, digital, and pr services and extensive knowledge of the contemporary publishing industry. Learn about our services here.
Contact: Herb Schaffner
Big Fish Media
41 Watchung Plaza #74
Montclair, NJ 07042
- Jill Lublin, Publicity Crash Course
Jill Lublin is the 3 Time Bestselling Author of "Guerrilla Publicity", "Get Noticed...Get Referrals", and "Networking Magic". An international speaker with more than 200 speaking engagements each year, Jill Lublin is an audience favorite for her lively and interactive keynote speeches, seminars, and special programs. Jill also teaches crash courses in publicity all across the United States and internationally. In this one-day course, you'll get the following:
- Four done-for-you templates you can use again and again for the most important promotion tools so that you leave with a system you can replicate time and again to create more media exposure;
- My one-on-one attention and support as you fill in the templates to create your bio, unique message, press release and announcement, so that you'll leave with the four tools you need to get the media to say yes to you;
- Specific media training to prepare you for interviews so that you connect with reporters and reach audiences, first time, every time; and
- All your questions answered so that you can carry out your campaign quickly, easily and inexpensively.
You can accomplish all this in just one day because the Crash Course in Publicity gives you private and exclusive access to my laser-focused attention. We meet in a very intimate setting with limited seating. This means you get lots of one-on one-time where I focus only on you. In addition to several monthly venues nationwide, the Crash Course is also delivered as a three-part, monthly Webinar. Visit publicitycrashcourse.com and jilllublin.com for more information.
- Wasabi Publicity, Inc.
Wasabi Publicity, Inc. is one of the nation's top virtual PR firms, according to PR Week. With overhead low and talent high, partners are based in New York, Atlanta, California and even Europe. Clients enjoy state-of-the-art online press kits (www.PressKit247.com), tailored media outreach and regular online progress reports. For insider tips, join "The Wasabi Club" by visiting www.PublicityResults.com.
ONLINE PRESS KITS Press Kit 24/7 97% of media report they prefer online press kits. Give the media what they want. Create and maintain an online press kit without the need of an IT person. Plus, you can track media visits, interest and pending interviews with the contact database management tool included. Everything is accessible 24/7 from any computer with an Internet connection. Visit www.PressKit247.com for details.
Contact: Elizabeth Philpott
WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
- Bear Data Services
Affordable, custom website design and maintenance for small businesses, organizations and individuals. Our sites feature easy navigation and clean, professional design to help you effectively communicate and conduct business online.
Bear Data Services helped develop, design and now maintains the
Literary Services Inc. website.
Contact: Sylvia Tooker