Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream

Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream

by Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb


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In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as:

  • How to best structure your research so that you can save time later
  • How to card your story before you start writing
  • What to consider when developing your cast of characters
  • How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas

…and insider information on what it takes to get published, including:

  • What agents do at those three-hour power lunches—and how it affects you
  • What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript
  • How to correctly translate submission guidelines
  • What happens if you get multiple offers—or no offers at all

Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582973883
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/08/2006
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ann Rittenberg has been in publishing for twenty-four years, six as an editor and eighteen as an agent. She's worked on the first novels of Dennis Lehane, Kathleen George, and more, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Laura Whitcomb is the author of the acclaimed A Certain Slant of Light. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BrianWebb More than 1 year ago
"Your First Novel" is the best all around writing and publishing reference I have discovered as a novice author! Within this book, you will enjoy the writing expertise and guidance of brilliant author Laura Whitcomb ("A Certain Slant of Light", "The Fetch", "Novel Shortcuts"). You will also be afforded the invaluable insight and consultation on the business side of writing by Ann Rittenberg, storied and highly regarded literary agent and principle of Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, Inc. of New York. If you're just getting started, or even if you have finished a book or two, I highly recommend "Your First Novel". Whether you are seeking writing advice or tips on best methods for getting the attention of literary agents and publishers, get a copy of "Your First Novel". Brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have read many novel-writing reference books, and this one provided information different from the rest-particularly the section written by literary agent Ann Rittenburg. No, it doesn't tell you exactly how to write a novel or how to submit a manuscript, but it gives tips and addresses many topics that a novice writer is curious about but is not quite sure who or what to ask 'such as auctions, submitting to multiple agents, etc.'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered my copy of Your First Novel, by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb, with high hopes. But the book failed to meet my expectations. Save your money and skip this one./// As a newly issued, concept-to-publication book clearly targeted to novice writers, Your First Novel could have achieved the following: 1)Adequately cover the basics of writing a novel for the first time, 2)Discredit some of the misinformation about novel-writing that has been published in the past, and 3) Provide ground-breaking insight and guidance not already presented in the numerous ¿how-to¿ books that precede it./// Sadly, Your First Novel fails to deliver on all three counts.
SpyGirl116 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far the most helpful, down-to-earth book I've seen on writing a novel. I've got the whole book tabbed and marked up--there are some great, practical tips for every step of the process: from coming up with an idea to negotiating contracts with agents and editors. The authors demystify the publishing process, which is envaluable. The great part is that it doesn't tell you what to do, it tells you how things work, and gives suggestions. GET THIS BOOK if you're considering becoming an author.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best books I've read on this subject. An author and her agent wrote the book together and the two different perspectives provide invaluable information and guidance on the world of writing and publishing. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject.
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tuck229 More than 1 year ago
There are so many books on eriting on the msrket, it makes me thing some unpublished novelists decide a book on writing novels is easier to sell than a novel. However, this book is a very practical and useful read. All new or aspiring authors should have a copy.
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KyokiMarie More than 1 year ago
This book has been an eye-opening, inspiring and fantastic resource. Written by professionals in the field, it tells you not just how to get published, but also how to edit and review your work and even a step-by-step time line, detailing exactly how to get your book ready for an editor. It includes information on choosing an editor, a publisher, and an agent. It has solid, no-nonsense advice on how to get the most out of your time and money. It gives a dose of realism to your dreams- with statistics that show how difficult it is to get published, but advice and encouragement as well- so no matter how difficult it will be and how discouraged you get, it gives you hope and inspiration to keep working! Definitely highly recommended for any first time author who wants to get into the game with a solid knowledge base and practical advice!
Issy_Night More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book for starting out it takes you through everything you need to know but best of all it is not boring in the slightest it keeps your attention while giving you great tips and it really helps you get the ideas flowing
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Your First Novel was a good 'get started' book. It gave me hope, and good tips on how to get organized and started. I enjoyed it! I felt it helped calm my nerves about trying to get my book written and published. Not sure how to write or get published. I recommend this book!