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Marketing handles are not added on by the publisher to move books. They are built in by the author.  It might help if you look at the imaginary cover of your book and ask yourself what words will get people to open the book. Until you get the book opened you are losing buyers. After it is opened the chapter titles need to keep on selling people on what they will find inside. "Why should I give up my money and my time to read this book?" 

In other words: What's in it for me? is the question every potential buyer is asking. Your answer needs to be in your query, and in your table of contents.
What does a query contain? There are many answers to that question. Some experts insist a query be only one page long, single spaced, and typewritten. Other experts say you can sometimes go as high as three pages. Most of the queries we send out are three pages long.  They are illustrated where possible and if space permits.  Many of them are designed to show the editor what a cover of your book might look like, and how the decs and anecdotes would invite readers inside.  Your complete manuscript is usually sent out only when editors ask for yours specifically.  You are responsible for mailing the manuscript to the editor.

Once an editor asks for the complete manuscript, quit mailing samples, unless the editor specifically states MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED.  Then keep mailing.

Most FICTION editors prefer a query, then a synopsis. Most Nonfiction editors prefer a query first, then a proposal. There are also editors who want to see the entire manuscript on the first go-round, and even ask for an exclusive until they are through looking. (One such editor kept a manuscript two years and then sent it back with a stock rejection form) 

There are many ways of making money with your writing.  

  1. You can sell to a conventional publisher and hope the public goes wild about it.

  2. You can go print on demand

  3. You can publish at home

  4. You can have your book published for you.

  5. You can make your own ebook and sell it, or give it away.

  6. You can let an ebook publisher produce and sell it or give it away for you.

  7. You can publish it as a serial.

I specialize in helping writers make money with their books, essays, stories, humor and articles which the whole family can read, for inspiration, for entertainment.

SPECIAL OFFERS:
Any author of a G-rated manuscript or book
can be listed on the Tale Wins web site,
FREE OF CHARGE!

If you have a manuscript it will be listed here in the proper category free of charge.  Take up to 50 words to describe your project.  Your address does not count as words if you want it included.  You can request a free talewins email address if you would rather not have replies go directly to your box.  The description will remain posted for 3 months.  If you have a web page already up about this G-rated project a link to it goes in, free of charge.  If you want an unlimited space (and free) web suite to help market this project just let me know.  A link to IT goes in for free too.  Every time I write to an editor, they will either get an actual Superque, or be invited to visit here for a look-see of our other offers, like yours. 
If you have a G-Rated book already published it will be listed here in the proper category free of charge. Take up to 50 words to describe your project.  Your address DOES count as words if you want it included.  The description will remain posted for 3 months.  If you have a web page already up about this G-rated project a link to it goes in, free of charge.  If you want an unlimited space (and free) web suite to help market this project just let me know.  A link to IT goes in for free too.

Furthermore:
Any author with a free G-rated Ebook can have a free link to it from my site.
If you want an unlimited space (and free) web suite to help market or store this project just let me know.  A link to IT goes in for free too.

ANY author that wants to offer free G-Rated columns or articles of at least 700 words in length, I will first publish it to my own Ezine, The Yawl Street Journal, then set it up as html on the Tale Wins site so other publishers can read it, THEN set it into a page with THEIR banner at the top so it is ready to post to their web site.  ALL FOR FREE!  If authors of articles or columns want an unlimited space (and free) web suite to help market or store their projects just let me know.

And now for the last freebie of the day, any unsold author that wants a free critique of their G-rated writing, just put it INSIDE an email letter to me with FREE CRITIQUE in the Subject line.

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Until you actually get an offer for your project
You may well be better off without an agent --
Here's a list of the most receptive publishers I know of.

Submit to them first.
These are the nice guys of the industry
who will give an even break to beginning writers
if your material fits their needs.

Good News for most of us:  Before you submit to this, or any other agency, check out the new arrangement between Xlibris and Random House.   

I just wish most of the publishers would have the courage to TRIPLE their manuscript purchases, stamp their name on the books that they choose, and give authors the chance to surprise everyone with flowering sales.  I don't mean to ask publishers to lower their standards; I'm asking them to publish books this way that are escaping them now because of investment constraints.

How To Write With A Magnetic Force So Powerful 
People Read Every Word! 
Free eBook Online!

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