The Byline Bible by Susan Shapiro
Susan Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author/coauthor. She published The Byline Bible in 2018. Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.
Susan Shapiro is the author of 12 books, including Lighting Up, Unhooked, and Five Men Who Broke My Heart. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ and New York Magazine and more.
She was on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and has been an award-winning writing professor at The New School and New York University since 1993. Her writing and publishing advice to students was compiled in The Byline Bible (2018).
Susan is married to TV/film writer Charlie Rubin.
You can follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet or on Instagram on @profsue123.
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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
“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
“Anyone who’s ever had Shapiro as a writing professor knows that when it comes to getting published, the woman knows what she’s talking about. In The Byline Bible, Shapiro shares practical tips on how to spot good topics, craft killer pitches and land pieces in top publications. A must for anyone trying to break into the writing business.” ~New York Post
“In this wholly entertaining guide for freelance writers looking to climb the publication ladder, professor and scribe Susan Shapiro transfers her highly successful, results-oriented course to print in a lively new release.” ~BookishFirst
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