Complete Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction, and Getting it Published / Edition 2

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Overview

A comprehensive exploration of fiction and nonfiction — from the fundamentals of writing simply and directly to preparing a complete manuscript to approaching a publisher. KEY TOPICS: Selecting characters; using classic “hooks,” creating effective dialog; developing theme fiction, fantasy, and sagas; do's and dont's of query letters; writing an interview; finding an agent; and analyzing contracts and royalties.

Professional writers offer advice on the mechanics of writing, composing query letters and submitting manuscripts, hiring an agent, contracts and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131610194
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 9/1/1989
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,368,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Dynamics of Plot.

2. Viewpoint: The Magic Key to Publishing.

3. How to Open a Short Story or Novel.

4. The Art of Creating Three-Dimensional Characters.

5. How to Create Effective Dialogue.

6. How to Develop a Good Style.

7. How to Create Settings.

8. How to Create the Story: Scene, Summary, and Transition.

9. How to Get Back and Forth in Time.

10. Theme—What's It All About?

11. Do Titles Really Matter?

12. Research Made Easy.

13. Article Writing: How to Begin.

14. How to Write the Query Letter.

15. Writing the Article.

16. The Art of Magazine Characterization.

17. The Interview Article.

18. Whom Are You Writing For — And Why?

19. How to Approach a Publishing House.

20. How to Develop the Proposal (Nonfiction), The Synopsis (Fiction).

21. Everything about Literary Agents.

22. Whee — You received a Contract — Now What?

Index.

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