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Writing the Blockbuster Novel
     

Writing the Blockbuster Novel

by Zuckerman, Ken Follett (Other)
 

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Every novelist dreams of it--writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in a book by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books.

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Every novelist dreams of it--writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in a book by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books.

Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more. His instruction is decisive, direct and clear and is supported with examples from Gone With the Wind, The Godfather and other blockbusters.

Albert Zuckerman has been an agent for more than 20 years. He represents Ken Follett and has helped several other writers reach the best-seller list. He lives in New York City.

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Library Journal
Zuckerman, a veteran literary agent representing such best-selling authors as Ken Follett and Eileen Goudge, here explains how authors can get their novels onto the best-sellers list. This book is not intended for beginning writers but will help those who have mastered the craft of novel writing and now wish to write a book with blockbuster potential. Of course, there are no guarantees here: the reading public is fickle, and, ultimately, readers are the ones who make best sellers. That said, Zuckerman knows what works most of the time. He spends the two largest sections of the book on outlining and revision. Authors need to know where they are going, and a detailed outline will help them map a plan to bring together all the characters and plot lines. Best-selling novels by Follett, Goudge, and others are used as examples. This will be useful in libraries that serve writers. Recommended.-- Lisa J. Cochenet, Plainfield P.L. Dist., Ill.
Denise Perry Donavin
Even if a writer can write a good, readable novel, what makes it a blockbuster? Is it just the marketing hype and the fact that someone knew someone? Not according to Zuckerman, who explains piece by piece what makes a good novel hit the top. Having worked with Follett and others for the past 20 years as a literary agent, Zuckerman has seen his share of bad books, and even written a few. Here he takes a look at the characterizations, plot lines, points of view, and other essential features of five major novels, including The Godfather and Gone with the Wind. His approach is pragmatic and fun to read besides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898795981
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
02/15/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.88(d)

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