- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Flogging The Quill; First Edition edition (May 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578009358
- ISBN-13: 978-0578009353
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,733,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a winner! For some time now, I've been a fan of Flogging the Quill, Rhamey's excellent blogsite about the how-to's of writing. Now he's compiled his expertise into a writing guide, and it's a must-have for any novelist--published or just aspiring. It's one of the most readable, entertaining books on writing out there. Whether you're writing your first novel or your twentieth, this book will provide the kick you need to start writing--and keep writing. Bestseller Tess Gerritsen
As an owner and managing editor of a publishing company, I've read many submissions that were near-misses. If the writers had had the benefit of this book, they'd be published right now. Witty, funny, and engaging, this is a must-read for the burgeoning storyteller and serious novelist, and it's a necessity for all editors who seek to nurture their writing clients. Laura Abbott, Editor/Publisher, Amber Quill Press
Learn the critical art of revision--ruthless and rigorous self-editing--from a man who understands it better than most. If you are ready to do the work, Ray Rhamey's book provides the sort of practical, sensible advice that really can help you become a better writer. Dan Conaway, Literary agent, Writers House
About the Author
Ray Rhamey is a novelist, screenwriter, and editor who has made a living with creativity, writing, and editing for over thirty years. He is a book editor and designer, Crrreative Book Editing and Design. He has done freelance developmental editing of book-length manuscripts since 2001, specializing in fiction by first-time novelists. His internationally known blog on the craft of storytelling, Flogging the Quill, draws 9,000 page hits per month. He also conducts workshops at writing conferences on crafting a killer first page and crafting killer description and dialogue scenes.
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My one complaint is that size of the print-on-demand book. I think the author elected the 8.5 X 11 print size to cut costs, but the size is really unmanageable, and doesn't blend with the rest of the books on my how-to shelf. In addition to not liking the size, both for comfort of reading and aesthetics, the actual printed area of the text is much, much smaller than the size of the page, so that only serves to emphasize the author should have selected a 6 x 9 book template (or smaller). At the end of the day, authors who self-publish need to put readers' enjoyment and use of the book at the top of the priority list, rather than the net sale value that can be derived from each purchase.
If not for the odd-duck size of the book, I would give this how-to a 5-star rating. At the end of the day, it's the content that matters, but I sure don't like looking at it sticking out like a skyscraper surrounded by one-story buildings. Instead of keeping it on my shelf of fave how-to books (which I would have if the size were smaller), I'm going to donate it to the library where it will blend in better, and other writers can benefit from it.
Seriously, I love this book. First of all, the size is great. Funny thing to say, I know, but hear me out...I expected a small, hand-held paperback. I was pleasantly surprised to get a large workbook. Having enough room to write notes on the pages (instead of inside of a tiny margin) was tremendously helpful. Second, the book is filled with great real-world examples that clearly explain topics. And finally, Ray's voice is incredibly easy to follow - he takes complex concepts and breaks them down into a way that just "click" and make sense.
If you are writing a novel, planning on writing or novel, or have just thought about writing a novel - invest in this book. It's well worth every dollar spent! Thanks Ray!
Rhamey doesn't just tell you what to do, he *shows* you with concrete examples and a humorous touch. I learned more from this book than I have from all the other books on writing I've read so far combined. The bigger page size definitely helps with readability, as do the cartoons and illustrations sprinkled through the text. Every section ends with a practical exercise, and there are additional samples on which to practice your new-found revision skills at the end of the book.
To make it even more fantastic, the author, a professional editor and former Hollywood screenwriter, is giving a free critique of your first three pages, or a free half-hour phone call (one hour for groups) to discuss writing topics, with the purchase of each book. You can't beat that for an incentive.
This was truly the best twenty bucks I have ever invested in my writing.