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The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World Paperback – Jan 1 2006

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974934445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974934440
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,917,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here's a welcome flip side to those how-to-be-a-writer books that either ignore or barely mention the dark side of writing for hire. The authors--respectively, the founder of and a lawyer specializing in publishing-related matters--give readers the skinny on such matters as agents (how can you tell the good from the bad?); writing contests (how to spot the scams); vanity presses and other pay-for-publish schemes (not all of them are rip-offs); and other potentially shady elements of the business of writing. The book offers a number of revelations--you don't need an agent to get published, despite what nearly everybody seems to tell you--and it contains such a large amount of essential information that it should be required reading for anyone with a story to sell. It's also worth noting that, overall, the authors take an optimistic stance: the business of writing, they say, is full of honorable people genuinely interested in seeing writers succeed. But there are also charlatans, too, and this guide tells you where to look for them. David Pitt
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“A great book for writers looking for no-nonsense, easy-to-understand information." —Writer’s Digest

“Both new and experienced writers will benefit from this book.” —Kelly James-Enger, author, Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money

“While the pen is mightier than the sword, many writers lack a shield. The Street Smart Writer is that shield.” —Dave Kuzminski, editor, Preditors & Editors™

“The Street Smart Writer is a very smart book indeed.” —Jim Macdonald, author, The Apocalypse Door, Sysop of

"Should be required reading for every professional writer.”  —Gregory A. Kompes, editor, The Fabulist Flash

"These authors get an A+ in the educational value they offer their readers."  —  (Small Publishers, Authors, and Writers Network)

"Written with wit and a keen sense of what writers want to know."  —Off The Shelf

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