How to Write and Sell your First Novel

How to Write and Sell your First Novel

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A step-by-step guide to successfully starting and completing a first novel includes solid writing instruction from the basics to revision, expert marketing advice from agents to contracts, and actual case histories of first-time novelists. Reissue.

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Offers advice on genre selection, characters, dialogue, plot, writing habits, revision, manuscript submission, agents, contract negotiation, and publicity

F+W Publishing

Even the most famous novelists had to start somewhere. Now you can make your start?successfully?with this book.

Literary agent Oscar Collier and successful freelance writer Frances Spatz Leighton team up to give you practical, specific advice on how to write your first novel and get it published. You'll find 100 expert tips, including:

Solid Writing Instruction

  • choose the kind of novel you want to write
  • make characters, dialogue and plot work together to keep your reader (and prospective editor) turning the pages
  • determine how many characters your story needs
  • establish a daily writing routine that works for you?and gets your novel finished
  • revise, edit and prepare your manuscript for submission
Expert Marketing Advice
  • the pros and cons of using an agent?and how to represent yourself if you so choose
  • contract negotiations
  • publicity and self-promotion basics
Actual Case Histories
  • Conversations with Five New Novelists, a chapter dedicated to enlightening and inspiring interviews with newly published authors
  • valuable insight into the working methods, attitudes and specific strategies superstar novelists used to get published?to help you start building your own success
"This book should inspire many yearners to start writing and stop talking about doing so. It is rich with tactical, down-to-earth information on how to write novels and content with agents and publishers."
?Howard Cady, former editor-in-chief of Little, Brown; Putnam's; and Holt, Rhinehart & Winston

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books, 1997
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780898797701
Characteristics: p. ; cm
Additional Contributors: Leighton, Frances Spatz


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AmandaVollmershausen Jun 27, 2013

This is definitely the best book the WPL offers for fiction writing. It's encouraging (in all the right senses), motivational and practical. I didn't find the second part dealing with past authors who's succeeded as helpful or interesting, but the first part gets 5 stars.

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