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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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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    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. 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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Great for aspiring writers

    I average about 4 "writer's manuals" a year. This one was probably one of my top 3 writing books. The reason I personally enjoyed it was that, even though I'm a 100% heterosexual male, I enjoy reading Janet. Therefore I had the background of her work, and it made her writing tips easy for me to relate to because I had seen them used in her writing. It was good to read a writing book by someone that is a proven success, and not just a one or two hit wonder. It's not a deeply detailed book, but it surely a great complement to a more technical manual. I strongly recommend new writers to give it a look.
    Cottonmilltown writer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    A BLAST

    Review of HOW I WRITE: Secrets of a Bestselling Author By Janet Evanovich 'with Ina Yalof and Alex Evanovich' A BLAST OF A READ How I Write, by Janet Evanovich 'with Ina Yalof and Alex Evanovich' is a perky read filled with practical writing tips from a bestselling author. You don¿t have to be a dedicated Evanovich fan to enjoy this one, but her breezy style might tempt you to give the Stephanie Plum mystery series a try. As the author states up front, ¿I haven¿t attempted to produce the definitive book on creative novel writing. I¿m simply passing on what works for me. This is how I write. And these are the answers to the questions I¿ve been asked for years.¿ Writers who have studied other fiction-writing books won¿t find much new in this one, but it¿s worth reading because of the unique perspective of this very successful writer. How I Write is organized in nine parts: · Creating Great Characters · Nuts and Bolts · Structure · Revising and Editing · Getting Published · Bits and Pieces · The Writing Life · Quick Reference · Author Biographies The author¿s breezy, entertaining style shines through the entire book, and it¿s filled with examples from her Stephanie Plum series. Also included are practical tips about the business and process of writing and getting published, including sample query letters for both a fiction manuscript and a nonfiction manuscript. Whether you are an Evonovich fan wanting more from a favorite author, a beginning writer looking for tips, or an experienced writer trying to fill in the gaps, give this one a try. It¿s a blast of a read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Simple, easy-to-understand, funny, how-to guide for any as-yet unpublished authors.

    The insight into the publishing world, written with a one of a kind humor that has become addictive to her true fans, reads almost as easy as any of her novels. This giude is a simple, uncluttered, step by step for anyone who has ever read a Janet Evanovich book and thought, hey, I can write like that. Written chronologically from the first thought, to the movie deal for your book rights. I can only hope that the novel I'm writing now makes it through to the bookshelves as seamlessly as this would have me believe. Thank you, Janet, for your faith that I'm writing a #1 bestseller, before we have even met.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    The first writing book that I read to the end

    It was a great read on writing and it answer some question that I had on the subject.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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