- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 3rd Printing edition (September 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582973881
- ISBN-13: 978-1582973883
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Superb advice on writing a great novel and getting it published." Harlan Coben, author of Promise Me
"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
About the Author
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.
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Despite the dozens of writing-related books it recommends throughout the book, Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream is the only book on writing you need. It shows, not tells, aspiring novelists by providing countless examples from familiar works, something most other books lack.
The book is divided into two sections, one about authoring a book and the other about publishing the novel. I haven't read the second part (I want to finish the manuscript before I start thinking about getting it into print), but I still feel confident in giving the book five stars because even if the publishing section was filled with blank pages I have learned more from the first section than I have from every other book I've purchased (including On Writing by Stephen King, Telling Lies for Fun & ... yawn ... Profit, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing, 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, The First Five Pages, and many, many more).
If you are serious about writing a novel, this book is a must-have.
I personally found the these features unique and especially helpful:
* Recommended reading related to the subject material
* The exercises and follow through exercises.
* Recommend websites.
* Topical Headings.
* Reader friendly format.
* Extensive index.
* Identifiable chapter titles.
* The highlighted tips.
The "In Their Own Words Stories" were incredible. Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb skillfully combine their skills as author and agent to provide the writer/reader with this comprehensive guide to getting published. I highly recommend "Your First Novel" as an important reference addition to every aspiring author's personal library.
If you're a first-time novelist, this book is for you! Written with loving sensitivity, it is the first "how to" book that has ever captured my attention, like a good novel--I couldn't put it down. The first part, by Laura Whitcomb, talks about making your story a live experience in the mind of the reader, although she doesn't say it quite that way. The second part, by Ann Rittenberg, tells you all about what happens (or could happen) after you write that novel--about agents and publishers, about submitting your query or manuscript, and what this process looks like from the editor's or agent's point of view. It is said that, if you want to speak effectively, you must speak to where your audience listening. Well, if you want to write effectively (that is, to be published), you must write to where the agents, the publishers, and the readers are reading--and this book lets you glimpse into the minds of those persons. These authors made a seemingly dull (but necessary) subject read like a novel.
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