Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over (Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents)
This book is just as the title, and subtitle explain - a guide to the world of living as a writer, making it as an author, and navigating the world of traditional publishing.
I have read this book and will be doing a step-by-step review of one of the sections - Writing the Perfect Query Letter. This book has tips that really matter once the book is finished or the non-fiction book idea has been determined. There is a thorough section on writing a non-fiction book proposal and real world advice as to how long it should be, what should be included, and tips only an agent who has worked in the business would know. Jeff Herman has been a publisher's agent and worked for a traditional publisher, in-house. The advice is solid but not derogatory. You won't think yourself a crazy dreamer, but rather a hard-working writer, as mastering the tips in this guide won't be easy, lazy, and there are sections about what to do - and how to keep going - after rejection. There are even insights about authors we know and love who were rejected (and how many times) who prevailed by continuing to send out queries. Girl, you'll be an writer, soon.