The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction

The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction

by Evan Marshall
     
 

Marshall has some 30 years of experience with the publishing industry, as both an author and literary agent. His newest book builds on concepts from two previous guides for aspiring novelists. It provides many more examples of techniques for improving one's writing, taken from novels by masters in all genres, explains effective ways to work with agents and editors,… See more details below

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Marshall has some 30 years of experience with the publishing industry, as both an author and literary agent. His newest book builds on concepts from two previous guides for aspiring novelists. It provides many more examples of techniques for improving one's writing, taken from novels by masters in all genres, explains effective ways to work with agents and editors, and gives insights into the publishing industry and the writer's role within it. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Publishers Weekly
The third entry in the eponymous series by author and agent Marshall covers everything from writing good dialogue to finding an agent to promoting the published book. Faced with more submissions than ever, Marshall says, editors and agents are looking for reasons to say no-they try to find the "telltale signs that a writer doesn't write well or isn't professional, or doesn't have a fresh idea." First, Marshall offers basic (and very specific) rules on how to produce writing that's saleable: "Rather than simply telling us how a place looks, work that description into the fabric of the story"; "If you're describing something that is actually made up of a number of separate elements (a crowd, a flower garden, a city street), name the object first, then focus on a telling detail or two." He discusses how to use a few, effective particulars to describe a character; how to write a synopsis and query letter that will spark an agent's interest; the usefulness of writers' conferences and contests; and ways to tell a good publishing offer from a bad one. These tips from an experienced publishing hand will be indispensable to those trying to enter from afar the intense competition to have a novel published. Those with highly literary tastes may want to find another how-to-publish volume, however, as Marshall uses Jackie Collins, David Baldacci and other popular authors to illustrate various aspects of good fiction, and his "Plotting Made Easy" section seems best suited to genre fiction. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the third book in the "Marshall Plan" series (following The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing and The Marshall Plan Workbook), which puts more emphasis on the process of authoring a best seller than on the craft of writing. Marshall, a veteran author (the Jane Stuart and Winky mysteries) and agent with 30 years' experience, is clear about the aim of the third installment, which is devoted to showing a writer how to eliminate "the telltale signs that [he or she] doesn't write well, or isn't professional, or doesn't have a fresh idea." According to Marshall, these "telltale signs" are the main reason manuscripts get rejected. He also asserts that the book does not guarantee "seven-figure deals," but it shows the aspiring writer how not to do the things that cause agents and publishers to reject manuscripts. The book is packed with valuable insider information-ranging from advice on how to write fiction that gets noticed to suggestions on how to select the appropriate publisher-that amateur writers looking to get published will find helpful. For public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781582971964
Publisher:
Writer's Digest Books
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.91(d)

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