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ISBN-13: 978-0399162152 ISBN-10: 0399162151 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chosen as one of 13 best books on writing for 2013 by The Writer Magazine!

About the Author

Stuart Horwitz is the founder of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston. He holds two master’s degrees: one in literary aesthetics from New York University, and one in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He lives in Rhode Island.

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As founder and principal of Book Architecture, Stuart has spent over fifteen years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. Book Architecture's clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields.

His approach is a synthesis of academic theories of narrative structure and his hands-on experiences as an independent editor, book coach and ghostwriter. His new book, Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with The Book Architecture Method (Penguin/Perigee), named one of 2013's best books about writing by The Writer magazine, maps out the system he uses to help writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books through 22 specific action steps.

Stuart is an award-winning essayist and poet, who has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University. He holds two masters degrees--one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU, which helps him a lot with this work--and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which helps him get out of bed in the morning.

He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two daughters.

Customer Reviews

If you feel like giving up on writing you should buy this book immediately.
Jaime Stathis
I became involved with Stuart Horwitz and his Book Architecture Method nearly six months after I finished the first draft of my book.
Bob Larsted, a pen name
Horwitz's sense of humor and ease of presentation make the book fun as well as practical.
Jamie F. Clegg

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jenn S. on January 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
STRONGLY RECOMMEND. As a life-long writer and student of writing, I wasn't sure what to think when I first read about the Book Architecture Method. I was kind of confused, actually, because everyone always drills the same things into your head, which you repeat to yourself while you're trying to pen your great American novel in your cafe of choice: Writing can't be taught; inspiration has to find you; the characters will write themselves; blah blah blah. So the idea of a method was new to me. I'M SO GLAD I FOUND IT! After reading this book and working with Stuart, I was able to bring an organized approach to creating and revising writing--something that now I can recognize in all good literature and even screenwriting--anything that aims to tell a story. The Method isn't meant to replace your inspiration or to make it into a formula--rather, it's a way for you to get all of that great stuff out in a READABLE fashion rather than throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. Gone are the days of moving a few warmed over words around in a sentence and calling it a revision. Now, I have a plan to shape whatever material I generate, and I'm happy to say that my writing has improved a bajillion-fold since then. Maybe not my vocabulary, but that's not Stuart's fault.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Fiorenzano Carvelli on January 31, 2013
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I met Stuart while he was actually utilizing his OWN book architecture method to write this book (talk about practicing what you preach!). Hiring him to teach me his method (and coach me through step 0 - generating the material) is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my lifetime and THE best decision I ever made as it relates to writing my memoir. His method and, more importantly the combination of words he uses, is simple to read and understand. His method is educational, sensible, practical, and comical at times (the right times, of course). His method is proven to produce great - bestselling - books. All of these attributes (and Stuart himself) make for an indispensible voice to guide you through the creation of your very own bestseller.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BostonWriter on January 29, 2013
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Conventional wisdom holds that you can't teach writing. Maybe, maybe not. But you can teach budding writers to recognize the building blocks and recurring elements of their book, and structure it in a way that grows to a natural crescendo. The Book Architecture Method takes complex storytelling elements (scenes, themes, etc) and breaks them down to pieces easier to handle. Then teaches you to scatter them throughout the work, effectively. A great book to add to the "practical craft" side of the writer's bookshelf. Highly recommend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Briochegal on March 22, 2013
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This book has some very good ideas, and it's one of the few books on writing that really digs into the revision process. It doesn't cover characterization or plot or any of the elements that a million other books cover. It is clearly well written and structured based on the author's theory of "series." The concept of series in your novel or short story is a good one and one that I hadn't come across in any of my other reading. He details 22 steps to revising your manuscript, and I think the steps are valid, however, it didn't work for me. I think this method would be a wonderful course, which the author teaches, but I didn't get it and I really tried. So I took away some concepts like series, but I didn't use steps like ordering my series high to low. I fully admit it could be my fault that I didn't grasp all the concepts, or a flaw in my draft. I don't know, I just couldn't make it work for me. I went back to Blake Snyder's "Cat" books for help in re-ordering my scenes, and added the concept of series and that is working for me.

Pros:

A good method for revising a draft. Covers material not covered in other books on writing. Introduces the concept of series in a draft.

Cons:
Introduces new ideas and processes that I found und difficult to grasp and implement in my draft..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Stathis on August 7, 2013
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I was introduced to Blueprint Your Bestseller and the Book Architecture method last winter in Taos, NM. I was feeling stuck in my first draft of a memoir, and told my writing group that I felt the need for "scaffolding." The next day the group's leader emailed to tell me a guy would be in town talking about Book Architecture, so I attended hoping I'd get what I was looking for.

I was skeptical about a method (which I initially thought meant formula though Horwitz clearly differentiates between the two), and tend to make big messes in my writing and without a plan for a second draft I just ditch my work and start over. I wouldn't say it's all been a waste of time up until now, but with the Book Architecture Method I'm proud to say that I'm now on the third (and hopefully final) draft of my memoir.

I've previously been a fan of writing book like Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, etc. which focus more on idea generation and "permission." Those books are great, but Blueprint Your Bestseller is a book with an action plan. There are 22 action steps within the text that are also broken down at the end of the book. This book is organized and easy to follow. It's both smart and accessible. It's informative without being pedantic.

It's possible that I would have gotten to my third draft without Horwitz's book, but my history said otherwise. Either way, I'm glad I was introduced to the man, the book, and the method. If you're serious about writing you owe it to yourself to read this book which is not only informative, but also laugh-out-loud funny.

I'd say this book is equivalent to at least a semester in an MFA program, but better because the information is presented clearly and without coyness or conceit.
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