- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Para Pub (Dec 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568600615
- ISBN-13: 978-1568600611
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 213 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,153,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Successful Nonfiction Paperback – Dec 1 1999
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Successful Nonfiction is a collection of pointers and affirmations for those nonfiction writers who view their books as "products" and their readers as "customers." Self-publishing guru Dan Poynter weaves together real-life publishing anecdotes, quotations from writers, and information from his own research and vast experience to comment on everything from combating procrastination to knowing when to call in a ghostwriter. He can tell you where to place your photograph (not on the cover, please), how much to invest in illustration, and when it makes sense to collaborate ("do not collaborate," he warns, "with someone you would not go camping with"). He explains why autograph parties are bad and bad reviews are good. Poynter's pagelong tidbits are short but pithy. If you want to write nonfiction but are unfamiliar with the publishing business, this is a good place to start. You'll learn to recognize when it's time to turn to a book doctor, why proofreading is not to be skimped on, and that, sometimes, self-publishing is the preferred path ("since it takes most publishers 18 months to turn a manuscript into a book, chances are high you will be first if you publish yourself"). And, just in case you were debating whether to write a novel or a how-to, remember: "Fiction writers tend to be creative, interesting people who are fun at parties. But nonfiction writers drive better cars." --Jane Steinberg
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While I own and recommend Mr. Poytner's other fine books, I think that this one is the one that writers will read over and over again. I like the format and the content. Simple. Simple. Simple
If you're a serious nonfiction writer you don't want to miss out on this one. It's Dan Poytner's Greatest Hits CD.
Kimberley Lindsay Wilson, author of 11 Things Mama Should Have Told You About Men.
I followed Dan's recipe for writing my book, step-by-step. He helped me to see I had already written much of my book in my day-to-day life. After my weight-loss success, I became a motivational speaker. I followed his suggestion to start making audiotapes of my weight-loss lectures I was currently giving to inspire hundreds of people each week. The chapters began to take shape quickly. I even used the same margins, fonts and layouts he describes in his book.
I wanted to get some known names to endorse my book, and Dan's advice to dream BIG was priceless. He gave me to courage to think I could approach Mark Victor Hansen, Richard Simmons, Art Linkletter, Ken Blanchard and many others. I used the sample letter in Dan's book, along with a few twists of my own, and I found that many great people are quite approachable. All you have to do is to A-S-K and you will G-E-T. (As a result of my numerous endorsements, I have now been asked to give workshops on that topic too, and I am writing a second book, now, called: "ENDORSEMENTS, HOW TO JUMP YOUR BOOK OUT OF THE BOX!")
I decided to go the self-publishing route, and Dan's list of printers was invaluable for getting the best quotes for my specific book. I followed his calendar check-off list, and by the time my books arrived, I already received my first orders from Amazon, .... and several contracts from wholesalers and distributors.
I continue to give workshops, but now I can enjoy the added benefit of BORS (back of the room sales.) The most exciting thing is that I feel like I'm helping people change their lives, maybe even save their lives. How about you? Dan says there is a book inside of everyone!
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works: How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated
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