Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

by Lois Winston

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Over the years Lois Winston has given workshops and talks to several thousand aspiring writers.
As a literary agent, she's listened to hundreds of pitches and read through tens of thousands of query letters and manuscript submissions. Being both a published author and a literary agent gives her a unique perspective on publishing. She knows what it's like to be the writer whose only desire is to sell a novel, and she knows what it's like to have to crush someone's hopes with a rejection letter. It wasn't until she started sending out those rejection letters that she began to have a better understanding of why so many writers receive them.

What she's come to realize is that most manuscripts are rejected by agents and editors for one or more of ten basic reasons. Writers have control over some of these reasons but not all of them. This book will discuss these ten reasons and how writers can control more of their destiny by not falling prey to them.

Whether your goal is to be published by a legacy publishing house or you plan to self-publish, this book contains invaluable information about self-editing, grammar, punctuation, point of view, telling vs. showing, passive vs. active writing, dialogue, narrative, voice, style, hooks, query letters, and synopsis writing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015831238
Publisher: Lois Winston Publishing
Publication date: 11/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 559 KB

About the Author

Lois Winston is a critically acclaimed USA Today bestselling and award-winning author as well as a literary agent whose clients include authors of urban fantasy, young adult, new adult, mystery, women’s fiction, horror, and romance. Lois began her career in publishing in 2006 with the release of her humorous women’s fiction debut Talk Gertie to Me. Shortly after the sale of that book, she was invited to join the agency that represents her, beginning first by combing the slush piles for talent and eventually working her way up to a list of her own clients.

Lois currently writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. She’s received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews dubbed Anastasia, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” She’s been a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year finalist and a Readers Choice finalist from the Salt Lake City Library System.

Lois also writes romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, children’s chapter books and non-fiction. Visit her at her website: and her Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers blog: You can also find her at Tsu at on Pinterest at and on Twitter: @anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at LoisWinstonAuthorNewsletter-.

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