Thinking Like Your Editor
How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published
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Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success.
Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas—and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains:
• why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions;
• how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work;
• how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore;
• why the most important chapter is your introduction;
• why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction;
• why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible.
Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.
Praise For Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published…
— Library Journal
Starred Review. Useful advice on every page.
— Publishers Weekly
Rabiner and Fortunato take you through the corporate Oz of the publishing world, behind the smoke and mirrors.
— Dale Maharidge, author of And Their Children After Them, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction
What a smart and useful book Thinking Like Your Editor is.
— Gerald Howard, editorial director, Broadway Books
[W]ill be the standard text for non-fiction authors.
— Herbert P. Bix, author of Hirohito, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize
In 45 years in publishing I have never read better advice than this book offers. Bravo!
— Hugh Van Dusen, HarperCollins Publishers
The path from good idea to great book is anything but a straight line, Rabiner and Fortunato know every precipice and crevice.
— John Paulos, author of A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
Likely to become the gold standard for anyone hoping to be successful in trade publishing.
— Juliet B. Schor, author of The Overworked American
[S]hould be required reading for any writer of serious nonfiction.
— Laura N. Brown, president, Oxford University Press USA
This smart, straight-talking, profoundly encouraging book is an invaluable guide for authors and editors alike.
— Sara Bershtel, Associate Publisher, Metropolitan Books
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393324617, 288pp.
Publication Date: September 17, 2003
About the Author
Alfred Fortunato is a freelance editor and writer.