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.
Excellent book! Stein knows his stuff. His writing style is easy, entertaining, and informative.Published 12 days ago by J. L Shafer
Anyone who, like S.S., says first person strengthens credibility simply does not know how to read.Published 2 months ago by Frank A. Green
Extremely good book, well worth any purchase price. Hardcopy is recommended for easy access to info and margin notes. Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony
When a large percentage of students in your writing class are female it is not acceptable to refer to all students as "he".Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
solid writing; clear and good advice. Nice examples from Elia Kazan whom Stein edited.
A good book on craft without being a manual.
If you're serious about writing fiction or non-fiction novels, Stein is a MUST read.Published 7 months 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 9 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 11 months ago by Donna Joppie