Includes advice on perfecting dialogue, plot, and endings
Turn your bright idea into a brilliant novel
With a published author advising you on how to write a great novel, and a literary agent on how to get a publishing deal, this guide gives you the complete inside track on the art and science of breaking into the fiction publishing industry. It takes you step-by-step from concept to contract so you have all the tools you need to tell your story with skill, and approach agents and publishers with confidence.
- Structure your novel
- Develop believable characters
- Put the seven basic stories to work
- Troubleshoot and edit your work
- Get a good agent
- Negotiate a deal
"takes readers through every aspect of the writing process, from planning a novel and getting started, through to securing a publishing contract." (Publishing News (Main), Friday 18th May)
Part I: Starting Out.
Chapter 1: Entering the Writer's World.
Chapter 2: Meshing Your Talent and Technique.
Chapter 3 : Getting to the Writing.
Part II: Building from the Basics.
Chapter 4: Following the Hero's Journey.
Chapter 5: Scheming and Plotting: Using Stories.
Chapter 6: Considering the Grand Concept.
Chapter 7: Structuring the Story.
Part III: Examining the Elements.
Chapter 8: Creating Characters.
Chapter 9: Exploring Relationships.
Chapter 10: Talking about Dialogue.
Chapter 11: Including Conflict.
Part IV: Fine-Tuning and Finishing Up.
Chapter 12: Adding Depth and Detail.
Chapter 13: Getting Creative.
Chapter 14: Ending and Editing.
Part V: Publishing.
Chapter 15: Entering the World of Publishing.
Chapter 16: Finding an Agent.
Chapter 17: Preparing for Publication.
Chapter 18: Coping with the Business Side of Being an Author.
Chapter 19: Going it Alone: Self-Publishing.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Top Tips for Writers.
Chapter 21: Ten Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.
Chapter 22: Ten Novels You Need to Read and Why.
Chapter 23: Ten Tips from Published Authors.
Series: For Dummies
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 13th April 2007
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 19.0 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.6