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For everyone who has ever been told, “You should write a book,” but has no idea how to get started, here is an essential, no-nonsense guide to every step of the writing and publishing process. In The Author’s Toolkit, veteran writer, editor, and book doctor Mary Embree provides readers with an all-inclusive lesson on what it takes to create, develop, and promote both ficti For everyone who has ever been told, “You should write a book,” but has no idea how to get started, here is an essential, no-nonsense guide to every step of the writing and publishing process. In The Author’s Toolkit, veteran writer, editor, and book doctor Mary Embree provides readers with an all-inclusive lesson on what it takes to create, develop, and promote both fiction and nonfiction books—from nurturing the seeds of a book idea, to outlining the flow of the book itself, to taking the finished manuscript to possible publishers. She details the fundamentals of the creative process—such as how to delineate characters, organize the plot, find the “hook,” and avoid common writing pitfalls—and provides detailed guidance on such practical business matters as registering copyrights, understanding contracts, seeking literary agents, publishing electronically, creating a professional-looking manuscript, promoting and marketing the finished book, and much more. Aspiring and veteran writers will also discover a wealth of real-world resources, including leads for professional advice, information on writers’ websites and publications, listings of writers’ organizations, and much more. Handy, to-the-point, and organized in a straightforward step-by-step format, The Author’s Toolkit is a resource no author should be without. • Details the entire process of writing a book: from the basic idea to the finished manuscript • Provides a wide range of resources for writers, such as publications, web- sites, writers’ groups, and more • Concise, easy-to-follow, and filled with valuable information for both beginning and veteran writers


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For everyone who has ever been told, “You should write a book,” but has no idea how to get started, here is an essential, no-nonsense guide to every step of the writing and publishing process. In The Author’s Toolkit, veteran writer, editor, and book doctor Mary Embree provides readers with an all-inclusive lesson on what it takes to create, develop, and promote both ficti For everyone who has ever been told, “You should write a book,” but has no idea how to get started, here is an essential, no-nonsense guide to every step of the writing and publishing process. In The Author’s Toolkit, veteran writer, editor, and book doctor Mary Embree provides readers with an all-inclusive lesson on what it takes to create, develop, and promote both fiction and nonfiction books—from nurturing the seeds of a book idea, to outlining the flow of the book itself, to taking the finished manuscript to possible publishers. She details the fundamentals of the creative process—such as how to delineate characters, organize the plot, find the “hook,” and avoid common writing pitfalls—and provides detailed guidance on such practical business matters as registering copyrights, understanding contracts, seeking literary agents, publishing electronically, creating a professional-looking manuscript, promoting and marketing the finished book, and much more. Aspiring and veteran writers will also discover a wealth of real-world resources, including leads for professional advice, information on writers’ websites and publications, listings of writers’ organizations, and much more. Handy, to-the-point, and organized in a straightforward step-by-step format, The Author’s Toolkit is a resource no author should be without. • Details the entire process of writing a book: from the basic idea to the finished manuscript • Provides a wide range of resources for writers, such as publications, web- sites, writers’ groups, and more • Concise, easy-to-follow, and filled with valuable information for both beginning and veteran writers

30 review for The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Boonstra

    Having never actually written a book, this was a helpful introduction. This isn't a nitty gritty of book writing, but a simple overview of all the processes involved. It was very outdated and glazed over some topics that could have been covered in more detail.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Woolard

    This book is for people who have never tried to write. Much of it includes common-sense information. The only part I found helpful was the in-depth information on publication, which included both traditional and self.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This is a slight book that claims it is “a step-by-step guide to writing a book”, however if that is what you are looking for then this is not the book for you. This is a book for someone who have zero knowledge of how a book gets published. This is not a book to help you through the process of writing a book. The second chapter on Researching is full of obvious suggestions like; use the internet, libraries, encyclopedias, almanacs, magazines, dictionaries, etc. So, if you do not realize that th This is a slight book that claims it is “a step-by-step guide to writing a book”, however if that is what you are looking for then this is not the book for you. This is a book for someone who have zero knowledge of how a book gets published. This is not a book to help you through the process of writing a book. The second chapter on Researching is full of obvious suggestions like; use the internet, libraries, encyclopedias, almanacs, magazines, dictionaries, etc. So, if you do not realize that the internet is there to help you, this is the book for you. I could go on about some of the nuggets of wisdom contained in this book (“write from the heart” “show don’t tell” or on letters to publishers “the print should be sharp and dark enough to read easily”), but I won’t. The only chapter I found of any interest was Chapter 6 about Copyrights. Also, I see that there is a revised edition that has 60 more pages. I cannot say that I have any hope these extra pages will be helpful, but it’s possible. Since I have nothing else to add except more complaints I think I’ll stop here. If you are serious about writing and publishing a book, read Stephen King’s On Writing or even Walter Mosely’s This Year You Write Your Novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I didn't think the process of writing a book and seeking publication could have changed that much since this was published. Maybe it hasn't--maybe this book was just never that great to begin with. It's sorely outdated and shows its age, ranging from talking about how to use a card catalog in the library for research (my childhood library did away with their card catalog around 1995-1996, four or five years before this book was published) to self-publishing digital books on floppy disks. In 2000, I didn't think the process of writing a book and seeking publication could have changed that much since this was published. Maybe it hasn't--maybe this book was just never that great to begin with. It's sorely outdated and shows its age, ranging from talking about how to use a card catalog in the library for research (my childhood library did away with their card catalog around 1995-1996, four or five years before this book was published) to self-publishing digital books on floppy disks. In 2000, my computer didn't even have a floppy drive. Anyone who has spent 15 minutes online reading about what to do before sending query letters already knows everything this book has to say. The actual process of writing a book isn't even touched on, so the part of the title that says it's a "step-by-step guide to writing a book" leaves me baffled. I did not learn a single thing from this book, but some of the quotes at chapter headings were nice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha

    Though this book may be out of date, it was an alright read and got me a little further to being able to publish my books to come. One think that irked me about this was the constant change of he/she throughout the book. It was not written well in that aspect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate Matson

    I really enjoyed this nonfiction book. It's loaded with info on everything about how to write a book. It even talks about the query letter and publishing. This is a definite read for the future authors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gryoine

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    Christine

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    Jason Kudlock

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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    Anthony G.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashlea

  29. 5 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

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