Peter Selgin's 179 WAYS TO SAVE A NOVEL is brimming with sage and inspiring advice. Selgin writes about the craft of the novel with terrific lucidity, insight, and wit and his latest is a book that all aspiring novelists should have on their shelves. --Laura van den Berg, author of WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN ALL THE WATER LEAVES US
Bravo to Peter Selgin for a wise and valuable guide! Selgin's masterful meditations provide the tools, knowledge and incentive to write meaningful fiction. A beautiful, supportive book, 179 WAYS TO SAVE A NOVEL belongs on every serious fiction-writer's desktop. --Mary E. Mitchell, author of Indie Next Great Read novel, AMERICANS IN SPACE
Randall Jarrell said that a novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it. What Peter Selgin knows--and abundantly illustrates--is that we can learn from went wrong, and learning from our mistakes and from the mistakes of others is the premise of his wise and witty meditation on writing, a book that is as practical as it is provocative. What Peter Selgin talks about when he talks about writing is what every aspiring novelist needs to hear. He offers generous insights, frank talk, and ample encouragement. 179 WAYS TO SAVE A NOVEL is all the inspiration and guidance you'll need to get your novel started, and more importantly, to get it finished. --John Dufresne, author of LOUISIANA POWER & LIGHT, DEEP IN THE SHADE OF PARADISE, REQUIEM , MASS., and others
About the Author
Peter Selgin is the author of By Cunning & Craft (Writer's Digest, 2007). His stories and essays have appeared in more than 50 publications including Salon.com, Glimmer Train, Boulevard, Poets & Writers and Missouri Review. His story collection, Drowning Lessons, was a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.