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

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In The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published, agent and author Evan Marshall boils down nearly 30 years of publishing industry experience into crucial dos and don'ts you need to know-insider secrets that can make the difference between having your manuscript rejected or enthusiastically accepted. Packed with helpful hints and illuminating anecdotes, The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published is the best, most reliable guide to making your dream a reality. ...
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In The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published, agent and author Evan Marshall boils down nearly 30 years of publishing industry experience into crucial dos and don'ts you need to know-insider secrets that can make the difference between having your manuscript rejected or enthusiastically accepted. Packed with helpful hints and illuminating anecdotes, The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published is the best, most reliable guide to making your dream a reality.
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582971964
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: How to Make This Book Work for You ix
Introduction: Charting the Smartest Course and Evading the Obstacles to Publication 1
Part 1 Writing 52 No-Nonsense Tips for Writing Professional-Quality Fiction, With Examples From Published Novels
1 Viewpoint Character Writing 4
2 Technical Tips 13
3 Section Connectors 22
4 The Action Writing Mode 25
5 The Summary Writing Mode 28
6 The Dialogue Writing Mode 32
7 The Feelings/Thoughts Writing Mode 44
8 The Background Writing Mode 46
9 Writing Dramatically 54
Part 2 Submitting Your Work The Right Way to Work With Agents and Editors
Section I The Product
10 Timing: What to Show When 62
11 The Fiction Proposal-The Way Agents and Editors Like Best 78
12 Your Manuscript: Rules for Setting It Up Exactly Right 106
Marshall Planner: The Perfect Query Letter 111
Marshall Planner: The Perfect Synopsis 112
Marshall Planner: The Perfect Cover Letter 114
Section II The Pitch
13 Your Submission Campaign 116
14 Yes, It is Okay to Approach Editors (Sometimes): How to Do It Right 121
15 How to Get an Agent: Secrets From Someone Who /s One 125
Section III The Process
16 Making the Marriage Work: How to Partner With Your Agent for a Long, Flourishing Career 137
17 Divorce: When It Makes Sense to Move On to a New Agent 149
Marshall Planner: Agent Submission Log 156
Marshall Planner: Evaluating Your Agent Relationship 157
Part 3 Publishing How to Have a Long and Productive Writing Career
18 The Offer: How to Tell a Good One From a Bad One 160
19 Making the Most of Your Editor 177
20 No Excuses: A Publisher and Format for Every Novel 196
21 You're Just Getting Started: The Secrets of Dogged Persistence, Longevity, and Adaptability 203
Marshall Planner: Career Dream Roadmap 210
Glossary of Marshall Plan Terms 212
Appendix A Sample Query Letters 218
Appendix B Sample Cover Letter 224
Appendix C Sample Long Synopsis 227
Appendix D Sample Short Synopsis 240
Index 243
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