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Give 'em What They Want

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Learn how to craft a killer pitch - and get your novel published today.

One of a writer's most difficult tasks is crafting a submission package. In order to get published you need to compose queries, synopses, and outlines that will prove irresistible to agents and editors. Give 'Em What They Want uses step-by-step instructions to break down the process, making it easier th
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 28th 2005 by Writer's Digest Books
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David Katzman
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Writers with a very commercial bent to their material
Shelves: about-publishing
I died a little bit inside when I read this book. Yes, I should know better. When I write about self-publishing, the recurrent theme is that “publishing is a business.” And the goal of a business is to make money. (With a few exceptions, those being a selection of small presses that look to break even in order to present artistically valuable, non-commerical work.) The big however is that being an artist is not a business. Being an artist is about creating something new, a form, whether it be on ...more
Judith Ann Kohnen
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous book for learning how to pitch your book! And a great how-to in writing query letters, synopses and outlines. Provides loads of examples ... even how to rewrite the bad ones. It's an easy read and one I've gone back to more than a few times. ...more
Davina Marie
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most valuable tool on my bookshelf! Helps you navigate the publishing industry, write queries and walks you through the processes of acceptance and rejection. If you're an aspiring writer, read this! ...more
Amy Armstrong
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Good advice for first timers about formatting paper submissions and query letters. However, the section on email query versus snail mail query needs help! The same goes for the section with quotes from agents about what they're looking for. I have noticed over the years that generalizations about literary agents and the market are dangerous because we're talking about people and an industry that's all about "the exception." Also, I won't name names here, but the agent who claimed that email quer ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New writers looking to be published

Although it seems to be a secret, this is a revised and expanded edition of "Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract." That book was great, but this one is better. It has all of the information in the first book, and more.

Not only is the layout flashier, but there are more industry anecdotes and an extremely helpful new first chapter called "Creating a Salable Product." It is a must read for beginning novelists. I wish I had read it before I wrote my first novel, which showcases most of t
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Never got to finish fully looking through this book before my friend needed it back.

Oh, but let me tell you - the lovely information it provided was PERFECT. Now all I need to do is... get on with the queries. And I have the Internet for more help there.

Either way, every section of that book is very well-needed for someone who wants to be published, SO I recommend it to everyone who wants to one day be published. :)
April Brown
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, writing
Was written in 2005. Mostly seems like helpful advice, though some is outdated (sending queries as professional letters in snail mail, instead of quick blurbs in email).

It would be nice to see an agent's view of this book, or how their view of this book has changed in the last six years.

I underlined plenty in this book, and intend to check out websites I don't already have saved.
Bee Kapitan
This is a clear way of outlining what is truly needed to make sense of your writing in order to publish your story.

The numerous post-it flags are splashes of neon extentions that make my edition look like piece of scared art.

This is a book that addresses what is needed and why.

Not giving this one away any time soon.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fiction writers
Shelves: books-on-writing
This was the best book I've read on getting published so far. It's extremely user friendly. ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such good information! Some specifics might be a little dated, but overall very current & helpful.
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