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The Street-Smart Writer
Self-Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World
By Jenna Glatzer and Daniel Steven
Publisher: Nomad Press

Veteran writer Jenna Glatzer teams up with publishing attorney Daniel Steven to expose the scams and unsavory deals writers are likely to encounter along their path to publishing success. The Street-Smart Writer is an essential reference for all writers to getting published without getting swindled.

First Five Pages by Noah T. Lukeman Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process -- and it's true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you've lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means.

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner Publisher: Putnam

In her many years working for major New York publishing houses, Lerner has learned again and again that writers don't know what editors do with manuscripts. This informal insider's guide to nursing your book to publication is a quirky literary equivalent to the classic How a Bill Becomes a Law. A portable survival school for authors.

How to Be Your Own Publicist by Jessica HatchiganPublisher: McGraw-Hill

Every entrepreneur knows that no matter how good his or her product or service, getting the word out is the key to success. While most think boosting business requires breaking the bank on paid advertising, publicity is a credible alternative for pumping up a company's profile without spending all of the profits. In How to Be Your Own Publicist, PR maven Jessica Hatchigan proves that you don't have to run a Fortune 500 company, have a bottomless budget, or hire an outside PR firm in order to garner print and broadcast media attention.