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In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as:

    How to best structure your research so that you can save time later

    How to card your story before you start writing

    What to consider when developing your cast of characters

    How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas

? and insider information on what it takes to get published, including:

    What agents do at those three-hour power lunches - and how it affects you

    What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript

    How to correctly translate submission guidelines

    What happens if you get multiple offers - or no offers at all

Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others

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While many people dream of writing and publishing a novel some day, most lack the skills and insider knowledge to see that project through to completion. In this accessible guide, novelist Whitcomb and literary agent Rittenberg explain the nuts and bolts of developing and writing a great story. They also offer practical information on what it really takes to get published, with chapters devoted to such topics as query letters, literary agents, and publicity. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Start-to-finish Fundamentals on Producing and Launching a

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mary munoz, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by mary munoz)
Aspiring authors, take note! Portland author Whitcomb has written the ultimate guide to getting your book in shape. Her agent, Anne Rittenberg, writes the second half of the book which is aimed at getting your novel in the hands of an agent, and then publisher. I've read it through at least four times, and each time I find something new. Would be a great Christmas gift for the writer you know, or get one for yourself, if you want to turn up the oomph on your ms.
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Rittenberg, Ann
Writer's Digest Books
Foreword by:
Lehane, Dennis
Lehane, Dennis
Whitcomb, Laura
Writing Skills
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Authorship -- Marketing.
Fiction -- Authorship.
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