The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need To Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, And Breaking In by Elizabeth LyonThe Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need To Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, And Breaking In by Elizabeth Lyon

The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need To Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, And…

byElizabeth Lyon

Paperback | December 3, 2002

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Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers.


In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. You will learn:


·         How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it

·         Nine ways of selling your novel

·         Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer

·         Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres

·         How to prepare sample chapters

·         Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Title:The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need To Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing, And…Format:PaperbackPublished:December 3, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sell Your Novel Took Kit I found this book very well organized to cover every detail from diagnostic tools on how to tell when my novel is ready to market, to handling that magic call from my literary agent. Ms. Lyon includes reliable recommendations on length, genre, and style as well as thorough coverage on how to put together and submit a query package. I felt encouraged by helpful resources on critique groups and other writers' organizations along with advice on conferences, contests, trade groups, and Internet sites for writers.
Date published: 2003-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Have Resource I've learned so much from Elizabeth Lyon. I keep my copy of the Sell Your Novel Toolkit within arm's reach because I find it indispensable whenever I'm ready to market my manuscript, no matter what part of the process I'm involved with. From Lyon's book, I've learned how to write a query that catches the attention of the recipient, how to write a synopsis, how to format, and what I need to submit. I've also learned what to do if I get a rejection and what to do if my manuscript is accepted. I got the feeling that Lyon has a sincere interest in helping writers achieve their dream.
Date published: 2003-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! You can put this book to use right away. It's well organized, crisp, and complete. Don't do as I did and wait until your novel is complete before reading it. It will help you from day one of your project. I had just finished my first novel, AnaPaul, and was trying to understand how to begin markeing it. This book was a Godsend. It was just what I needed to move forward. Lyon's insights into writing, publishing, and marketing are just invaluable. I had really been struggling to get my arms around the publishing landscape. Her book allowed me to very quickly categorize my book, see how it fits into the publishing universe, and put together an eye-catching synopsis. It's a great investment. John
Date published: 2003-06-17

Table of Contents


Chapter One: How Novels Get Sold
Eight Ways to Sell Your Novel
The Ninth Way
The Challenge of Sales
Breakthrough: "Investing in People" by Rainer Rey, author of a medical thriller

Chapter Two: Beginning Your Marketing Tool Kit
Overview of Publishers
Product Lines
The Jobs of Literary Agent, Editor, and Writer
Coping with Trends
Money Matters
A Foot in the Door: "Getting an Agent; Firing an Agent" by Charles H. Snellings, author of horror novels

Chapter Three: Ready to Market?
First - Finish
Diagnostic Checklists
Writer's Critique Groups
Professional Editors
Categorize Your Novel
Sixteen Ways to Describe Your Novel
Tempting Titles
Breakthrough: "Long Deserved; Long Overdue" by Paul Cody, author of literary novels

Chapter Four: Dissecting the Synopsis
A Model Synopsis
A Foot in the Door: "Learning Through Critique" by James D. Axtell, author of off-beat mainstream

Chapter Five: Studying the Synopsis
Nine Synopsis Applications
Medical Thriller by Rainer Rey
Historical Mainstream by Patricia Jean Hyatt
Horror by Charles H. Snellings
Generation-X (off-beat mainstream) by James D. Axtell
A Foot in the Door: "Running the Writer's Iditarod" by Patricia Jean Hyatt

Chapter Six: Dissecting the Query
Queries Defined
Model Query Letter
Types and Uses
A Foot in the Door: "Overcoming Marketing Block" by Patsy Hand, author of mystery, suspense, and mainstream novels

Chapter Seven: Successful Queries
Literary - Contemporary
Literary - Generation X, Magical Realism
Mainstream - Historical & Biographical
Mainstream - Historical
Mainstream - Historical Epic
Mainstream - Contemporary Christian
Mainstream - Contemporary, Adventure
Mainstream - Contemporary, Gay/Bisexual
Speculative Fiction
Romance - Regency
Romance - Western Historical
Children's 9-12
Breakthrough: "Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do." by D. Marion Wilkinson

Chapter Eight: The Sample Chapter Tells All
Which Sample Chapters?
First Chapters - Expectations
First Pages - Expectations
To Prologue or Not to Prologue
Mechanics of Format and Submission
Breakthrough: "Every Minute Counts" by Marne Davis Kellogg

Chapter Nine: Researching Publishers and Agents
Setting Up Your Own File
Publishers' Specifications
Trade Journals
Classification of Literary Agents
Databases, Acknowledgments, and Word-of-Mouth Opinions
Breakthrough: "Bring the Body and the Mind Will Follow" by Martha Lawrence

Chapter Ten: Systematic Marketing
Your Marketing Target
Executing Your Plan
Taking Stock
Breakthrough: "The Power of Persistence" by Micah Perks

Chapter Eleven: Goodbye Rejection: Hello Re-direction
The Re-direction Process Defined
Consciousness Raising 101
Four Types of Rejection Letters
Personal Re-direction
Breakthrough: "The Ideal Writer-Agent Partnership" by Melissa Jensen, author of Regency Romances

Chapter Twelve: Choosing the Right Agent for You
30 Questions to Ask the Agent You May Hire
Red Flags in the Author-Agent Relationship
Breakthrough: "Writing from Soul" by Gregg Kleiner, author of a literary novel

Chapter Thirteen: The First Sale and Beyond
Negotiating Your Own Book Contract
Agent or Lawyer for Hire
Agent-represented Negotiations
Shaping Your Career
Second-book Queries
Managing Success

Appendices: Sample Author/Agent Contract; Resource Directory
About the Author