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How to Write & Sell Your First Novel

How to Write & Sell Your First Novel

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by Oscar Collier, Frances Spatz Leighton, David Morrell
     
 

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:

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Overview

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
  • contract negotiations
  • 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

Editorial Reviews

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That first novel hurdle is often the most difficult -- but Oscar Collier is here to help you through the process, from the writing to the marketing of that crucial first novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898797701
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.83(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.