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IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.

Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages.

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as

* A weak opening hook

* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs

* Flat or forced metaphors or similes

* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue

* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings

* Uneven pacing and lack of progression

With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. The First Five Pages will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher — and more successful — level.

Synopsis:

Using examples from actual manuscripts and query letters he's received, a publishing professional illuminates principles that can be applied to virtually any type of writing--fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and even poetry.

About the Author

Noah Lukeman is a literary agent based in New York City whose clients include Pulitzer Prize nominees, New York Times bestselling authors, Pushcart Prize recipients and American Book Award winners. Prior to becoming an agent, he worked on the editorial side of several major publishing companies. He has been a guest speaker on the subjects of writing and publishing at forums conducted by numerous organizations, including the Writer's Voice, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Wallace Stegner writing program at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

PART I: PRELIMINARY PROBLEMS

Chapter 1: Presentation

Chapter 2: Adjectives and Adverbs

Chapter 3: Sound

Chapter 4: Comparison

Chapter 5: Style

PART II: DIALOGUE

Chapter 6: Between the Lines

Chapter 7: Commonplace

Chapter 8: Informative

Chapter 9: Melodramatic

Chapter 10: Hard to Follow

PART III: THE BIGGER PICTURE

Chapter 11: Showing Versus Telling

Chapter 12: Viewpoint and Narration

Chapter 13: Characterization

Chapter 14: Hooks

Chapter 15: Subtlety

Chapter 16: Tone

Chapter 17: Focus

Chapter 18: Setting

Chapter 19: Pacing and Progression

Epilogue

Index

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Andy, February 6, 2008 (view all comments by Andy)
As a new writer I found this book feels like you're being hit over the head with a ruler. You can tell that the author really doesn't like new writers and this is a desperate attempt at educating them about fiction writing. He gives the impression that unless you’re a REAL artist you should just give it up.

The examples are poor and the exercises are almost useless. I found myself just skimming the book after page 100.

Everything he says about publishers and editors maybe true but it isn’t worth buying the book when you can go to a writers chat board on the web and get the better information for free.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684857435
Author:
Lukeman, Noah T.
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Lukeman, Noah T.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Openings
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Openings (Rhetoric)
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
112309
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.43x5.46x.53 in. .46 lbs.

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