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"The advice in Your First Novel rings so true that I found myself sighing through its pages, thinking If Id been told this earlier, what a lot of trouble Id have saved myself. This book offers the spark of inspiration that gets a writer both mentally and physically geared for the task. Then it delivers something equally vital: clear-headed, positive advice about the business side of writing a novel. Itll inspire you to create, challenge you to be great, and bolster you with the wisdom of two seasoned professionals." George Hagen, author of The Laments
"This book is essential reading for anyone impractical enough to try to write a first novel and anyone practical enough to do what it takes to get published. Ann RIttenberg and Laura Whitcomb offer just the right amount of encouragement and common sense. And Dennis Lehane's foreword should become to writers what the Breyer's Pledge is to ice cream." Peter Blauner, author of Slipping Into Darkness and Slow Motion Riot
Ann Rittenberg has been in publishing for twenty-four years, six as an editor and eighteen as an agent. She's worked on the first novels of Dennis Lehane, Kathleen George, and more, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Laura Whitcomb is the author of the acclaimed A Certain Slant of Light. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
I've started reading this book, tidbits from different chapters, and I can't wait to finish reading it. Truly. And I can't stand reading nonfiction books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blueeyedshook
I am planning to write a novel in the near future. I've begun drafting my manuscript. Ninety pages and I thought I had invented a new shortcut to writing a novel in half the time... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RG
Essential for writers, from writing tips, publishing, getting an agent... very clear and useful.Published 10 months ago by from Oregon
It is the best book I have found on how a writer can reach, find and create an effective and productive relationship with an agent.
I started to read this and stopped, thinking "I don't need to go back to milk". But then I thought "wait that is not humility" So I am reading it and enjoying it I... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gregory D. Watts
This book was very helpful and had all of the information an aspiring author needs. I highly recommend it. It's an excellent resource.Published 21 months ago by La Isla Bonita
This book really helped me to start working on my first novel which I am about to finish soon. It's quite helpful if you want to write your own first book.Published on October 5, 2013 by Padilla Rojas Nilber Enrique