Synopses & Reviews
Even the most famous novelists had to start somewhere. Now you can make your start - successfully - with this book.
Literary agent Oscar Collier and successful freelance writer Frances Spatz Leighton team up to give you practical, specific advice on how to write your first novel and get it published. You'll find 100 expert tips, including:
Solid Writing Instruction
choose the kind of novel you want to write
make characters, dialogue and plot work together to keep your reader (and prospective editor) turning the pages
determine how many characters your story needs
establish a daily writing routine that works for you - and gets your novel finished
revise, edit and prepare your manuscript for submission
Expert Marketing Advice
the pros and cons of using an agent - and how to represent yourself if you so choose
publicity and self-promotion basics
Actual Case Histories
Conversations with Five New Novelists, a chapter dedicated to enlightening and inspiring interviews with newly published authors
valuable insight into the working methods, attitudes and specific strategies superstar novelists used to get published - to help you start building your own success
This book should inspire many yearners to start writing and stop talking about doing so. It is rich with tactical, down-to-earth information on how to write novels and content with agents and publishers.
-Howard Cady, former editor-in-chief of Little, Brown; Putnam's; and Holt, Rhinehart & Winston
Second revised edition of a guide to writing and publishing a successful novel in today's complicated market. The book gives case histories of first novel success, detailing exactly how the book was created and sold. Included are tips from now-famous novelists on how they made their first sale and practical ideas on manuscript presentation.
Newly revised and updated, this guide reveals the keys to writing and publishing a successful novel in today's complicated market. Collier and Leighton combine their years of publishing experience with the success strategies of 22 accomplished authors.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-254) and index.