The final section of the book is devoted to the responsibilities of the publisher. Any but the most stalwart writer can't help but be disheartened by the book business. It has often been said that a publisher determines a book's fate--barring a miracle--long before it is even released, by the funds allocated to publicize it. Stein takes this one step further, positing that a book's positioning is determined "when the agent submits it for consideration.... There are reportedly nearly a thousand literary agents in North American alone, but fewer than a dozen have clout."
Still, take heart, and try to enjoy the process. "Writing is the second most exciting activity a higher power invented for human beings," says Stein. "And when you get to your eighties, it's the first most exciting activity." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wonderful book on the craft, I highly recommend it.
What Rimsky-Korsakov did for Orchestration, Sol Stein has done for writing, first in Stein on Writing and now with How to Grow a Novel.
Reading this book was like having a long interesting evening with someone who really knows what they're talking about.
If you're serious about writing fiction or non-fiction novels, Stein is a MUST read.Published 1 month ago by Richard Alan
This is one book a writer needs in his/her library. Containing a wealth of valuable information, you'll learn to write better and to appreciate what editors do to help take a book... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. H. Pine
Sol Stein is a great resource for a first time author as myself. I have been studding another of his books. This one was highly recommended by my editor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna Joppie
I like the book, but the condition was not as good as depicted. The Binding was separated and it had some loose pages.Published 6 months ago by Thomas
Good book, but doesn't surpass his Stein on Writing, which was a can't put down book. I stayed up until 2 am reading it!Published 10 months ago by Peter Glickman
Excellent. Clear concepts and examples to get the novice started writing. One to keep and refer to over the years.Published 11 months ago by j d
There are tons of writing books available - most of which I feel I've read - but this one is top of my list. Clear. Accessible. A true game plan for writers. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amelia K.
I loved this book. I used it to help me write my first novel. This authour is obviously very experienced and also passionate about writing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by N. Hunter