The Business of Writing by Jennifer Lyons
Professional Advice on Proposals, Publishers, Contracts, and More for the Aspiring Writer

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Whether you’re unclear on what to expect from your first book deal or just a little puzzled by your editor’s whims, The Business of Writing is the book for you. In it, literary agent and publishing veteran Jennifer Lyons empowers aspiring and experienced writers with everything they need to know about the business of selling books, from publicity to legal and financial aspects of the trade. A senior agent for seventeen years before opening her own literary agency, Lyons has taught numerous courses on the business of writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and has visited both undergraduate and graduate writing programs to share her expert knowledge. 

This enjoyable guide brings Jennifer’s in-depth tutorials to the broader public, balancing accessible, bulleted information for writers on the critical stages of acquiring and maintaining representation with interviews with professionals in the field. Interviewees include a Harper’s magazine editor, a contracts manager, and other publishing professionals that you can expect to encounter as you advance in your career. Covering everything from how to write the perfect query letter to deconstructing the terminology of a publishing contract, this indispensable handbook to the writer’s trade will give you a thorough introduction to the nuts and bolts of publishing.


About Jennifer Lyons

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Jennifer Lyons was a senior agent at a large agency for seventeen years. She then went on to found her own agency. Her authors have won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and nonfiction, the Nobel Prize, PEN awards, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Award. Oscar Hijuelos is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and seven other novels, and most recently, Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir.
Published November 13, 2012 by Allworth Press. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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