A complete guide to writing and selling your novel
So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies:
- Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers.
- Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme.
- Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue.
- Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear.
Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.
About the Author
Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels. He is known around the world as 'the Snowflake Guy,' thanks to his Web site article on the Snowflake method, which has been viewed more than a million times. Before venturing into fiction, Randy earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Randy has taught fiction at numerous writing conferences and sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. He also publishes the world’s largest e-zine on how to write fiction, The Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. Randy’s first two novels won Christy awards, and his second novel Oxygen, coauthored with John B. Olson, earned a spot on the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list. Visit Randy’s personal Web site at www.ingermanson.com and his Web site for fiction writers at www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.
Peter Economy of La Jolla, California, is a bestselling author with 11 For Dummies titles under his belt, including two second editions and one third edition. Peter is coauthor of Writing Children’s Books For Dummies, Home-Based Business For Dummies, Consulting For Dummies, Why Aren’t You Your Own Boss?, The Management Bible, and many more books. Peter also serves as Associate Editor of Leader to Leader, the Apex Award-winning journal of the Leader to Leader Institute. Check out Peter’s Web site at www.petereconomy.com.
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The book that does what it promises. The flow of the manual is excellent and does not leave the reader floundering. It encourages and directs while being completely real.
'...an easy-to-follow guide providing step-by-step instructions...' (Writers Forum, December 2009).
Part I: Getting Ready to Write Fiction.
Chapter 1: Fiction Writing Basics.
Chapter 2: What Makes a Great Story?
Chapter 3: Finding Your Audience and Category.
Chapter 4: Four Ways to Write a Great Novel.
Chapter 5: Managing Your Time . . . and Yourself.
Part II: Creating Compelling Fiction.
Chapter 6: Building Your Story World: The Setting for Your Story.
Chapter 7: Creating Compelling Characters.
Chapter 8: Storyline and Three-Act Structure: The Top Layers of Your Plot.
Chapter 9: Synopsis, Scene List, and Scene: Your Middle Layers of Plot.
Chapter 10: Action, Dialogue, and More: The Lowest Layer of Your Plot.
Chapter 11: Thinking Through Your Theme.
Part III: Editing and Polishing Your Story and Characters.
Chapter 12: Analyzing Your Characters.
Chapter 13: Scrutinizing Your Story Structure.
Chapter 14: Editing Your Scenes for Structure.
Chapter 15: Editing Your Scenes for Content.
Part IV: Getting Published.
Chapter 16: Getting Ready to Sell Your Book: Polishing and Submitting.
Chapter 17: Approaching Agents and Editors.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Steps to Analyzing Your Story.
Chapter 19: Ten Reasons Novels Are Rejected.
Series: For Dummies
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 19.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1