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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

How I Write, by Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof, and Alex Evanovich

If, like me, you are a novice writer and are looking to improve your knowledge and expertise in a very competitive field, How I Write, by Janet Evanovich, et. al., is a lighthearted and quite useful look at the way one of America's successful writers does what she does....
If, like me, you are a novice writer and are looking to improve your knowledge and expertise in a very competitive field, How I Write, by Janet Evanovich, et. al., is a lighthearted and quite useful look at the way one of America's successful writers does what she does. It is chock full of useful facts and tips to help us in our own quest for that magical author's publishing agreement and full-time careers as writers. In her own trademark amusing style, Janet covers such topics as how to create great characters, the nuts and bolts of the writing life, story structure, revising and editing, how to get published, and other things that are normally not covered in "How to" books such as how to write a query letter and the actual formatting of your manuscript. Janet's daughter, Alex, who runs and manages Janet's website, also includes useful tips and information within the confines of the book, as does friend and fellow writer, Ina Yalof. All-in-all I found it quite useful to me as a newcomer to the field and a witty, amusing look inside the life of one of my favorite writers. Hats off to Janet and Alex Evanovich and Ina Yalof for creating this useful book in my ever-expanding library of literary resources! And let's not forget SuperJen Enderlin, who makes it all possible for them. May I be so lucky in my quest for a literary agent!

posted by RARogers on September 6, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

How to Write 101

Best selling author, Janet Evanovich, explains the secrets of writing and getting published. The fact that J. Evanovich is a best selling author does add to the credibility of the book, but the advice in it is nothing new. Considering that I¿ve read a lot of ¿how to wri...
Best selling author, Janet Evanovich, explains the secrets of writing and getting published. The fact that J. Evanovich is a best selling author does add to the credibility of the book, but the advice in it is nothing new. Considering that I¿ve read a lot of ¿how to write¿ books, this one actually held less writing help then most others. However, this book did have a lot of help in the publishing department. It had a real example of a query letter, and the advice on how to get published seemed more complete then those in most other books. All-in-all, this was nothing new, and there are better books out there when it comes to writing help, but it was a quick read.

posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    How to Write 101

    Best selling author, Janet Evanovich, explains the secrets of writing and getting published. The fact that J. Evanovich is a best selling author does add to the credibility of the book, but the advice in it is nothing new. Considering that I¿ve read a lot of ¿how to write¿ books, this one actually held less writing help then most others. However, this book did have a lot of help in the publishing department. It had a real example of a query letter, and the advice on how to get published seemed more complete then those in most other books. All-in-all, this was nothing new, and there are better books out there when it comes to writing help, but it was a quick read.

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