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Posted May 15, 2004
Easy read, and inspired me to do something amazing!
I read the other reviews on this book, and agree with one point, if you have no idea about how to begin writing a novel this is not a good place to start. If you have it almost completed however, there are some ideas in here that are worth their weight in gold! The author mentioned that somehow one needs to find publicity for their book. I took this thought and have created a town sponsored literary contest to get the community involved in the book and to get 30 children to read my novel before sending it to the publishers. It's written in a format that you can read after you have been reading or writing or working all day, and gave me some ideas that the 10 other books like this that I read couldn't have touched. I liked reading how other authors found their way, and some of these things have given me inspiration to try some of the unorthodox methods suggested in the books. Hey guys - they work! I wrote an upbeat sort of query letter just to test the speed of the 'Emergency Publishing System' and sent my query letter to an agent in NYC (that mentions a four week turn around for responses). Someone called me in less than 90 minutes. All evidence to the contrary about that 4 week period! If you are clueless how to write a book take a writing class. If you want to see if you really need an agent and are a good business person yourself - then wow is this a good read. Good Luck with your book! See you on the best-seller list! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2001
The One Book You Should Own if You Are a Writer
I've read more than a few good books on writing; several are quite inspirational. The difference here is that this book is practical. I wrote my first novel following the guidelines set forth in Collier and Leighton's book, and I sold it to a major publishing company. Inspiration is great; inspiration plus methodology is better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2000
Nice idea, too much fluff
I would recommend trying another source if this is the ONLY book you will read on becoming a successful writer. Too much fluff and stories of the author's dealings with clients and their success stories. These are nice stories but not helpful to the aspiring writer on the how-to's of creating fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2000
Good writing textbooks, bad writing textbooks.
This book isn't your answer to overnight success. It assumes you know some basics of fiction writing which aren't presented here. Before reading this one you better get something much more basic and practical. As a published author I fould little value in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.