Your First Novel: A Published Author and a Top Agent Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream

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Adams Media, Jan 1, 2006 - Authorship - 298 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

WRITING YOUR NOVEL
Preperations
Beginning to Write
The Bones of Your Story
Fleshing Out Your Story
Making Your Story Vivid
Being Unforgettable
The Nuts and Bolts
Before You Submit Your Manuscript
The First Steps on the Path to Publication
Query Letter Babylon
The View From the Other Side of the Desk
Becoming an Agented Author
Working With an Agent Through Thick and Thin
Getting to Yes
Becoming a Published Author

Repairs
Making It Shine
Preparing to Be Read
PUBLISHING YOUR NOVEL
What a Literary Agent Doesand Why
Publication Dayand Beyond
Epilogue
Index
Copyright

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Ann Rittenberg has been in publishing for twenty-four years,Ann Rittenberg has been in publishing for twenty-four years, six as an editor and eighteen as an agent. Sheas worked on six as an editor and eighteen as an agent. Sheas worked on the first novels of Dennis Lehane, Kathleen George, and morethe first novels of Dennis Lehane, Kathleen George, and more, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Laura Whitcomb is the aut, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Laura Whitcomb is the author of the acclaimed A Certain Slant of Light. She lives in hor of the acclaimed A Certain Slant of Light. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Portland, Oregon.

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