- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Writers Digest; 1st edition (December 1, 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0911654216
- ISBN-13: 978-0911654219
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Popular Fiction Hardcover – December 1, 1972
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Mr. Koontz in this volume. I got the feeling he banged this out in his spare time or had
someone ghostwrite it then he just put his name on it.
Though I consider myself a 'hobby writer' because I write more for my own pleasure than as a profession, it was this book which gave me the skills I needed to publish my work consistently. There's a reason Koontz dominates the bestseller lists with every new release, and he shares his techniques here for the first time. Koontz knows how to write a page-turner the reader can't put down, and this book will help any writer improve their work.
Yes, there are more recent books on writing that will help you crack the modern market, but read this book first. You can worry about marketing after you've mastered the material presented here. This book remains a very good place for budding writers to start their journey to the top of the heap...
...At least until Mr. Koontz finds the time to present the updated version he's been promising us for so many years!
Science fictio and fantasy
It's a practical book giving insights and advice.
Really now, how many writers, early in their careers, wrote a book on how to write and then proved they could become massively successful? This is a pricey book you'll need to find used. Look for a reading copy that is not collectible because it has been well worn or discharged from a library. I don't understand why Writer's Digest hasn't re-issued this.
I wish I could get Koontz to attend the StoryCon meeting on the Art, science and Application of story, which I organize.