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Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream By Ann Rittenberg Laura Whitcomb,

  • Title: Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream
  • Author: Ann Rittenberg Laura Whitcomb
  • ISBN: 9781582973883
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 laterHowIn 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 laterHow to card your story before you start writingWhat to consider when developing your cast of charactersHow to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideasd insider information on what it takes to get published, including What agents do at those three hour power lunches and how it affects youWhat makes an agent instantly reject a manuscriptHow to correctly translate submission guidelinesWhat happens if you get multiple offers or no offers at allPlus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others
    Your First Novel An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream 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

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    1. Dennis Lehane is winningly honest as he dishes out tough love in his inspiring foreword, leading into the first half of the book written by novelist Laura Whitcomb which focuses on the craft of novel writing and is filled with helpful hints, book recommendations, and exercises The second half of the book written by agent Ann Rittenberg focuses on the business side of publishing your novel I devoured this section Even though I had what I thought was a clear understanding of how things worked on t [...]

    2. I did not find this book as helpful as the last one I did enjoy the last half of the book that is written by an agent on what they expect and what a writer s job is They had some good points the first half is written by a published author and she gave the typical show don t tell speeches If you are going to look at this book look at the last half There are pleanty of other books out there that would help with characterization and what not.

    3. I ve started reading this book, tidbits from different chapters, and I can t wait to finish reading it Truly And I can t stand reading nonfiction books So that s saying something After reading this book, I wish that the second half written by the agent, Ann Rittenberg, could be a separate book in and of itself That book would get a good 3 stars, if not But the first half of the book written by Laura Whitcomb was as elementary as a freshman year of high school English class I am hoping that anyo [...]

    4. I ve spent hundreds of dollars on dozens of books designed to teach aspiring authors the craft Most of the books sing the same song and at the end the reader realizes he s just wasted many hours of valuable time that could have been spent practicing the craft or reading worthwhile prose Despite the dozens of writing related books it recommends throughout the book, Your First Novel An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream is the only book on writing you need It shows, not tells [...]

    5. Having thrown enough first novels away to start an insulation business with all the wasted paper, I decided it might be worth thinking about the process of writing a novel before I start another From listening for the idea through carding the scenes to character development and plot, the book has changed the way I think about the process and inspired me with confidence Writing a novel is no longer a source of anxiety but a prospect for lengthy and involved pleasure Still equally unlikely to act [...]

    6. The greatest book to read if you re looking to write a book While most books along these helping lines are stiff and mostly remind you of your most boring college professor, this book gets up close and personal, skipping around the soft edges and going straight for the hard core You will not be able to hide from your own fears while reading this book It offers sound advice from my most favored author.

    7. All you need to know to go about writing your first novel from the author of A Certain Slant of Light and The Fetch From what and how to write, to picking an agent and to getting published It s not a riveting read but it has all you need to know and having read it I now realise how hard writing a novel, or at least a good one, must be

    8. This was a great guide to writing a novel Even if it s not your first novel, I still recommend this book for great tips The first half of the book is about writing your novel, the second half is about getting it published Great wealth of information

    9. As of December 13, this is my review of the first part that deals with the actual writing The first part of this book wasn t what I was expecting at all It told you tips and gave you different activities you could do but it didn t really go into depth Instead, they would put other books at the end of the chapters that addressed it So this book is a great beginning for people to get a general idea of writing a good book.

    10. I wish I had read this 3 years when I was just beginning my first novel It touches on almost every area of your writing But now, three years in, most of it is a little basic as I m ready to drill deeper into each particular subject like character and dialogue But those types of books would be too overwhelming and detailed for a beginner.

    11. I love this book I go back to it constantly, even though I don t feel like there is much I can still learn from it I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who dreams of being a published author and even for those who dream of being a well known fan fiction author.

    12. Ann Rittenberg has written an excellent book for the novice writer Some great tips in finding an agent and what to look for in an agent once you ve identified her I am still reading the book focusing now on the second half It s worth the price of purchase.

    13. Why didn t I read this when I started my novel This book consists of two parts The first half is devoted to writing your novel and the second half to publishing it.The first half is a wealth of information on everything from plot to character to memorable detail There is a good mixture of insights about writing, high level or step by step advice, and exercises to help you work towards your goal Whitcomb also offers buckets of examples from published works and theoretical stories that get your cr [...]

    14. I have to say that in 2006, this book might have been good I was only 11 years old in 2006, so I don t know how predictable the upcoming technology boom was, but I think these authors chose a very poor time to write this book It took me back to having to write essays in cursive with a black or blue pen back in middle school, before everything was done on computers The publishing half of this book goes on and on about the ways to mail copies of your manuscript, but none of that is relevant any Pl [...]

    15. Reading the book is actually a forced task for me I bought it, read a few pages, highlighted a few things, and then didn t touch it for about 12 months Finally, the process of moving into a new place made me realize that I shouldn t own books I haven t read It was a new principle and I started with this book.The first section written by Laura Whitcomb is insightful It provides a lot of information for those who know nothing It opens up worlds of information and techniques which if practiced regu [...]

    16. While the Craft section has basically what you can find in any other craft book, it does have quite a few good I m stuck exercises, and it s organized in a very nice way There s definitely things I learned there.What makes this really shine though is the Agent section For anyone who is clueless in what to do once you ve written the darn novel, this is essential Rittenburg is very honest about the amount of work that goes into publishing a book, without making the process completely paralyzing De [...]

    17. The book is split into two halves, with ten chapters each on writing and publishing The publishing chapters cover a lot of information, both thorough and practical The writing chapters bugged me.Imagine the most fervent NaNoWriMo advocate ever, hopped up on a rush from reading The Secret, and that s what it s like If that sounds like it would work for you, have at it She never actually mentions National Novel Writing Month, but she does mention the 3 day novel writing challenge.

    18. The first half of the book didn t have any new advice for me It was written for someone who has not written much and has not had any formal training in creative writing The second half, however, was very helpful We ll find out how helpful as I work on moving my novel from finished to published There was good, hard tacks, direct information about query letters, contracts, and marketing.

    19. 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.

    20. Interesting in some places, obvious in others Let s be honest, reading a book like this is not as useful as sitting down and writing I did not read all of the getting published stuff in depth Perhaps there are golden jewels of guidance there This was recommended to me by CJ Box.

    21. Bought this for my daughter last year, and like everyone else in my house, she leaves her books lying all over I happened to pick it up and was completely engrossed by Dennis Lehane s introduction I doubt I ll ever write a novel, but it s interesting to see what the enterprise might require.

    22. The first half of this book on writing a good novel is good, but I d recommend Donald Maass s books for that However, I give it 5 starts for the sheer amount of new information on the querying publishing business that makes up the second half.

    23. This book is my favorite Part one is by a published author and covers the ground work for manuscript creation Part Two is by an agent and runs one through the entire process from query to the day after your novel hits the shelves Haven t read another one like it.

    24. I have been quite surprised at the useful information provided by this author Not only have I found good tips for writing a novel, and am using them, I have found other good resources on the subject Great book and easy to read and understand.

    25. 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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