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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (December 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935712292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935712299
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over five million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins concept. Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education. Mayer's obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't. He took this same passion and created thrillers based in fact and riddled with possibilities. His unique background in the Special Forces gives the reader a sense of authenticity and creates a reality that makes the reader wonder where fact ends and fiction begins.

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NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer graduated West Point and served in the Infantry & Special Forces. He commanded recon teams, a Green Beret A-Team and held other positions in Special Operations, where many of his bestselling ideas were formulated.

Mayer's obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers such as The Green Beret Series, The Shadow Warrior Series, The Presidential Series as well as his historical fiction, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't.

Bob has lived all over the world, but has settled down on Write on the River with his wife and 2 yellow labs, 'Cool' Gus and 'Sassy' Becca. He spends his free time running with the dogs, biking, kayaking, and watching or reading whatever his much smarter wife tells him to. She controls the remote. He has a grandson, whom he is training to be the leader of the resistance against the machines.

For more information about Bob Mayer, his books or his consulting business, Who Dares Wins, please go to http://bobmayer.org or http://coolgus.com

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I am in the middle of reading and working this book right now.
Charlene A. Lutes
Since I liked that novel and also liked what I read in the Kindle sample of the Toolkit, I thought it worth the risk to buy.
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Bob Mayer's "The Novel Writer's Toolkit" is an excellent novel writing guide.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Pratt on May 27, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Bob Mayer's "The Novel Writer's Toolkit" is an excellent novel writing guide. Other books I've read on the subject have tried to focus too heavily on the technical aspects of writing and not so much on the steps and concepts. What makes this book so easy to read is that everything is broken down into individual tools that, when read in order, will walk you through the entire novel writing process from beginning to end. However, it possesses far more "meat" than a simple bullet-point list. Each tool receives it's own chapter and is explained in depth, thus fulfilling a vital role as a reference guide. Since each tool is broken into its own section, it's easy to search through the book to find what you want to know.

The Novel Writer's Toolkit is a boon to anyone wanting to learn the process behind writing a novel or desiring to polish their current skills. I repeatedly return to it over and over again for guidance during my writing endeavors and it does not let me down.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E on November 29, 2010
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I bought the Kindle version of the Novel Writer's Toolkit to accompany me through Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month. I had recently discovered Bob Mayer's work and read one of his novels, the first in the Atlantis series. Since I liked that novel and also liked what I read in the Kindle sample of the Toolkit, I thought it worth the risk to buy. It has been years since my last creative writing class but I have always been interested in writing. For me, wading through the first novel I'd ever written, the Toolkit was a godsend.

I read the book cover to cover at first and now I want to use it over and over for reference. Unfortunately, the Kindle version lacks a table of contents that is linked to the chapters it describes.

There were times when the Toolkit was hard to put aside. It's not often I lose sleep on nonfiction. Mr. Mayer's writing was clear and fun to read. I even laughed out loud a few times. I didn't feel put down because I didn't have much experience writing. I felt encouraged but not misled with false hopes. He makes it clear that it is hard to become a published author but definitely not impossible. He shares examples from his own experience of what worked for him and what to do better. This was a worthwhile purchase for me, a good introduction to becoming a published novelist.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2011
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As a 'how-to' for writers this is one of the best that I've read; in fact I can't think of a better one. It's fairly concise yet fits in more useful information than many longer books.

Unfortunately the ebook suffers from formatting issues in a few places (at least in my Kindle for PC app) and the book has DRM so it can only be read on a Kindle or with Kindle software. I really wish Amazon would flag DRM-ed books so I know not to buy them.

So five stars for content, but one star off for presentation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Duval on February 14, 2012
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Bob Mayer has furnished unpublished writers with the tools they need to rise above the Slush Pile. Here are my Top Ten Takeaways:

10.Bob has successfully published over 40 books in different Genres and Formats

9. Read a lot of books and write constantly

8. Learn about Authors, Agents and Publishers in the Industry

7. Study the craft of writing

6. Accept critiques of your work and be open to change

5. The Title is the most significant element of the novel that you control

4. Write about your passion

3. Prepare to state the idea of your book in one sentence

2. Hook the reader at the very start

1. Never give up on your dream to publish
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This is a useful book on writing fiction.I especially like his Basics; (1) Write a lot. (2) read a lot. (3) Watch TV and films. Some writers don't recognize the value of all three of those tips. His Kernel Idea - stating the idea of your novel in 25 words or fewer, writing it down and referring to it often is a great one. Although many writers deride outlines, Mayer has good reasons to use them. You wouldn't start a cross-country trip with no idea of how to get to your destination. He also reminds us that Conflict is the basis of a story. "If you want to gather a crowd, start a fight." However, there is one big mistake in his advice: "Use quotes for thoughts." No, no, no. That hasn't been done for 30 years. As Author Dwight Swain pointed out, "If you're tightly in the viewpoint of your character, whatever you write are his thoughts. No quotes, no italics. Just say it." Mayer admits the book is a revised version of the one he wrote before selling 45 novels, and I suspect, he forgot to update that sentence. Otherwise....
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By Charlene A. Lutes on April 27, 2014
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I am in the middle of reading and working this book right now. I have lots of highlights so far, and while it is yet another approach to novel writing, my idea is the more of these you can read, the better prepared you will be to devise your own approach,
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By Saffron on February 4, 2014
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If you are a beginning author then this is a good resource. He provides clear guidelines from beginning to write (actually, before writing) and then challenges you to do. Recommended.
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