Are there any aspiring writers out there? In October and November 2008, acclaimed writer Ann Hagedorn presented four talks for hopeful authors. On October 15, she provided an introduction to this four-part writing course . On October 22, she focused on the technical aspects of writing . On November 5, Hagedorn discussed storytelling and structure . Her final session on November 12 featured tips on pitching your book and finding a publisher . Get ready with these books on writing for publication and how to get published.
Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919 
By Ann Hagedorn
In this timely book, an acclaimed author examines America in the watershed year 1919, a time when the nation's struggles eerily resembled our problems today.
Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad 
By Ann Hagedorn
This book brings to brilliant life the story of John Rankin and the forgotten heroes of the Ripley, Ohio line of the Underground Railroad during the fierce "war before the war," pitting abolitionists against slave chasers along the banks of the Ohio River.
Ransom: The Untold Story of International Kidnapping 
By Ann Hagedorn Auerbach
In this book of investigative nonfiction, the author examines the growth of kidnapping for ransom. Through interviews with victims, their families, negotiators, and others, Hagedorn reports how kidnapping can affect businesspeople and other world travelers.
Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty 
By Ann Hagedorn Auerbach
In its heyday, Calumet Farm dominated the sport of kings, but during the 1980s, the high-stakes business that had developed around its blueblood roots began to unravel.
Thinking Like Your Editor: How To Write Great Serious Nonfiction – And Get It Published 
By Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors who might be shocked to hear that a fine writing style usually plays only a tiny role in whether a proposal becomes a book. Instead, according to the authors, the freshness of ideas and the size of the potential audience drive the process.
Creative Nonfiction: How to Live It and Write It 
By Lee Gutkind
Through inspiring writing samples, anecdotes, and exercises, beginning writers will learn that creative nonfiction means writing the truth in a way that is dramatic and action-oriented.
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life 
By Philip Gerard
Gerard offers instruction and advice to help writers create compelling nonfiction that reads like fiction, but stays loyal to The Truth.
The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them 
By Brian Hill and Dee Power
For authors, earning a spot on the bestseller list is the grand, often elusive prize at the end of many years of work. But what makes a bestseller happen? Hill and Power interviewed over 50 successful authors, publishers, editors, agents, book reviewers, and other experts to find the answer.
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing: A 16-Step Program Guaranteed to Take You from Idea to Completed Manuscript 
By Evan Marshall
No matter what type of novel a writer plans to write, this program will work for them. Breaking down the process into 16 manageable steps, readers will learn to find a hook, create a conflict and set things into motion.
Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between 
Edited by Carole Burns
In this literary tell-all, authors reveal how they work, giving insight into their writing process. Editor Burns has woven their wisdom into chapters illuminating to any writer or reader.
Agents, Editors, and You: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published 
Edited by Michelle Howry
Dozens of industry professionals provide writers with essential information about a variety of important topics--everything from preparing a manuscript, getting it into the hands of an editor, how to market their books and gain publicity, plus what they should know about sub rights.
The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction 
By Evan Marshall
In this companion to The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, the author concentrates on the nitty-gritty of producing a novel. Marshall deals specifically with writing genre fiction as the type most likely to be picked up by a publisher.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published 
By Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Bayse Sander
From writing the query letter and negotiating a contract to understanding the publishing process and promoting and marketing the book, this guide tells novices how to improve their chances of getting published.
78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might 
By Pat Walsh
Drawing on his experience as founding editor of MacAdam/Cage, Walsh gives writers specific, straightforward feedback to help them overcome bad habits and bad luck.
Writer's Market FAQs: Fast Answers About Getting Published and the Business of Writing 
By Peter Rubie
This book provides all the information in one easy-to-use, comprehensive reference, covering topics like inspiration, getting published, e-publishing, protecting work, working with agents and editors.
Get Your First Book Published: And Make It a Success 
By Jason Shinder; with Amy Holman and Jeff Herman
The official resource used by the AWP (Associated Writing Program) and the YMCA National Writers Voice offers first-time authors an arsenal of innovative tools, advice, stories, and a complete listing of resources to make their dreams a reality.
Publishing Confidential: The Insider's Guide to What It Really Takes To Land a Nonfiction Book Deal 
By Paul B. Brown
This book offers hopeful authors insider strategies that will help increase the odds of getting their book published.
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