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New Book Shows Writers How to Get Published

Writer's Digest book shows writers how to land an agent, book deal or magazine assignment.

Colorado Springs, CO, January 11, 2009 --( Who says writing books have to be boring? Not Wendy Burt-Thomas. The Colorado Springs writer's third book is being published by Writer's Digest Books this month and for those who have taken Wendy's writing workshops over the past eight years, it's not a moment too soon.

The how-to book, which is geared to beginning and intermediate-level writers, offers:
• A collection of real queries that landed article assignments, agents and book deals
• Tips and instruction on how to write a great query to catch the attention of a magazine editor, agent or book publisher
• Special considerations for book queries by genre (romance, mystery, thriller, etc.)
• How to write a novel synopsis, cover letter and book proposal
• Understanding the different types of rights to your work and how to make money selling the same pieces to different publications
• The 10 commandments of query Do’s and Don’ts
• What editors/agents/publishers like – and don’t like
• Tips for choosing – and working with – an agent
• Frequently asked questions from writers
• Tips and examples of other forms of correspondence
• Important resources for writers

Sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, funny “don’t-write-this-at-home” examples, and entertaining commentary from an author who has also worked as an editor, “The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters” goes beyond the typical reference book to make a smooth read from cover to cover.

“I really wanted this book to be entertaining while being informative,” says Burt-Thomas. “Sometimes how-to books can be so heavy on instruction that they’re difficult to actually read. You end up using them more as a reference manual. I wrote what I’d want to read: a book with real examples – some serious, some funny, some outright silly – and real stories of how to drive editors crazy. Here’s a hint: don’t tell them your mom thinks you’re a great writer.”

About the author
Wendy Burt-Thomas has more than 1,000 published pieces to her credit, including articles, short stories, essays, reviews, poems and greeting cards. She has worked as an editor, columnist, staff writer, copywriter, freelance writer, writing teacher and public relations specialist.

Her first two books, “Oh, Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One” and “Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick,” were written for McGraw-Hill with co-author Erin Kindberg.

Much of “The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters” includes topics that Burt-Thomas taught in her class, “Breaking Into Freelance Writing” for eight years. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a successful full-time freelance writer, editor and PR consultant.

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