Newspaper, magazine, and web editors are desperate for new voices and anyone, in any field, can break in. So why not you?
Over the last two decades, writing professor Susan Shapiro has taught more than 25,000 students of all ages and backgrounds at NYU, Columbia, Temple, The New School, and Harvard University. Now in The Byline Bible she reveals the wildly popular "Instant Gratification Takes Too Long" technique she's perfected, sharing how to land impressive clips to start or re-launch your career.
In frank and funny prose, the bestselling author of 12 books walks you through every stage of crafting and selling short nonfiction pieces. She shows you how to spot trendy subjects, where to start, finish and edit, and divulges specific steps to submit work, have it accepted, get paid, and see your byline in your favorite publication in lightning speed.
With a foreword by Peter Catapano, long-time editor at the New York Times where many of Shapiro’s pupils have first seen print, this book offers everything you need to learn to write and sell your story in five weeks or less, including:
• How to craft a cover letter and subject heading to get read and reviewed quickly • Who pay for essays, op-eds, regional, humor, or service pieces from unknown writers • Ways to follow up, build on your success, land a TV or radio spot, become a regular contributor, staff writer, and find a literary agent for your book with one amazing clip
Whether you're just starting out or ready to enhance your professional portfolio, this essential guide will prove that three pages can change your life.
Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writing professor, freelances for The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Elle, and O: The Oprah Magazine online. She’s the bestselling author or co-author of twelve books her family… More about Susan Shapiro
"For novice writers and professionals alike, this comprehensive desk reference will prove invaluable." ~Library Journal
"In clear, energetic, and forthright language, writer and teacher Shapiro (Only as Good as Your Word) provides a nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a piece of nonfiction writing published…her insights are excellent starting points for beginners and good reminders for veterans." ~Publishers Weekly