- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440501459
- ISBN-13: 978-1440501456
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller! 0th Edition
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About the Author
R. A. Salvatore is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of fantasy fiction, including the Dark Elf series featuring his signature character, Drizzt Do'Urden.
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It does in my opinion weigh a bit more to the Fantasy side of things, than the Sci-fi side, but that didn't bother me personally.
What I didn't like is that it's fairly vague on some major issues. The section on publishing was very high-level, what one would expect in a "Publishing for Dummies" book. The guy is (was) an insider, so I wanted a few more juicy tidbits and secrets. He only hinted at some brutal realities in the industry, so I wonder if the editor held him back there. Regardless, I started reading his blog, which is a bit more bold and answers more questions.
A solid 4 stars.
It's great for those reading their first how-to book on writing fantasy and science fiction. In the clearest language and using good examples, Athans makes plain what young writers need to look out for when crafting such stories. He identifies which barriers can be broken and which should be obeyed.
Keep in mind, however, this is NOT a nuts and bolts approach to writing or submitting. It's more of an overview with general guidelines. Appropriate mostly for those just getting into the craft.
Also, study the works of Robert A Heinlein, and particularly any non fiction, as he lso wrote anout writing.
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