First, be famous

July 8th, 2009

And Other Short Cuts for Striking Out in Publishing

“If my book gets published, I’ll be famous!”
“No, if you get famous, they’ll publish your book!”

– Ted Weinstein, my infuriatingly brilliant agent

Since it is the season of camps, I’ll send you straight to the source of enlightenment on how the nonfiction publishing business works (and often doesn’t). See all of Ted’s online resources: a snazzy book proposal template, audio workshops and more. It’s all free! And if your aspirations make it out alive, haul yourself back to the keyboard and pound your writing to life.


  1. Invaluable!

    And so timely. As usual.

    Comment by jena strong — July 8, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

  2. too much reading, too much great info out there, oh and there's the dreaming up ideas in your head too, makes it kinda hard to:
    haul yourself back to the keyboard…

    Comment by latisha — July 8, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  3. So I pull my bike up onto the platform to see my train a hundred feet away. After furious thinking about how fast I can bike how fast trains go and how the train comes every 15 minutes, I angrily decide to wait for the next train, increasing my lateness to my awaiting family. So I take out my Momma Zen and resume my rereading; I am in chapter 24 and follow the directions to number my inhales and exhales to 10, paying attention to the inward direction. When I finish and lift my eyes up, there, miraculously, is the next train, a good 13 minutes before I thought to see it.

    Great book – a rewarding reread. Thanks.

    Comment by Chris Austin-Lane — July 11, 2009 @ 2:55 am

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this gold-mine. I've just opened up more time to write and am ready to get more serious about the business end of this business.

    Comment by Marianne — July 12, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  5. Thanks for posting the links! It's so hard to know what to do or where to start…

    Comment by Katie — July 13, 2009 @ 3:55 am

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