Table of Contents
   Introduction: From Inspiration to Publication
   Concepts of Craft: Imagination's Many Forms
   Fiction vs. Nonfiction: Wherein Lies the Truth?p. 3
   Paths and Pearls: A Poet Ponders Memoir and Lyricp. 10
   On Essays, Literature's Most Misunderstood Formp. 19
   The Lingerie Theory of Narrationp. 25
   Stuff: The Power of the Tangiblep. 33
   Push Hands: Balancing Resistance and Revisionp. 44
   The Trouble with Titlesp. 50
   Initial Contact: Getting Your Work off Your Desk and onto Someone Else's
   Loose Bottoms: On Becoming Ready to Send Your Work Outp. 57
   Submission Strategy and Protocolp. 62
   Little and Literaryp. 67
   The Glossiesp. 73
   How to Read Rejectionp. 83
   How to Get a Grantp. 93
   Building Your Team: How to Work Well with Publishing Professionals
   How to Land an Agent: Strategies for the Searchp. 105
   Negotiate Your First Book Contract Without Losing Your Deal, Your Future, or Your Mindp. 118
   Editor Etiquettep. 129
   Midlist and Other Fictionsp. 135
   Publicity Primerp. 143
   How to Win Friends and Influence Booksellersp. 150
   How Lucky Can You Get ... and Other Things No One Tells Youp. 157
   Meeting Your Public (and Getting Them to Buy Your Book)
   Publicity for Your Small Press Titlep. 167
   Techno Promo: Are You Ready for Digital Marketing?p. 175
   Bookstore Appearances and Speaking Engagementsp. 182
   How to Give a Rousing Readingp. 189
   Slam Your Way Across Americap. 195
   Jobs in the Field: Lots of Reward, Little Pay
   So You Want to Start a Literary Magazine?p. 203
   Editing Lit Mags Onlinep. 213
   How to Start a Reading Seriesp. 218
   Tales of a Literary Saloon Keeperp. 225
   Balancing Act: Teaching Creative Writingp. 231
   Why I Writep. 237
   App.: Grants & Awardsp. 247
   App.: Conferences & Residenciesp. 311
   App.: Resources for Writersp. 333
   App.: Notes on Contributorsp. 345
   App.: About Poets & Writers, Incp. 351
   Indexp. 357