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How to Write & Sell Your First Novel

Solid writing instruction, expert marketing advice, and actual case histories


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How to Write & Sell Your First Novel
by Oscar Collier with Frances Spatz Leighton
Writer's Digest Books, 2005
ISBN 1-58297-770-5
$18.99 paperback, 272 pages

About the Book
For more than twenty years, How to Write & Sell Your First Novel has been giving readers the writing and marketing instruction they need to get that first novel published. Authors Oscar Collier and Frances Spatz Leighton walk you through every step of the process from choosing the type of novel you want to write to publicity and self-promotion basics, and all the steps in between, such as:

  • Establishing daily writing routines
  • Developing compelling characters, dialogue, and plots
  • Revising and editing your manuscript for submission
  • Making decisions about using agents and handling contracts

In addition to this great instructional advice, this book also includes interview with novelists about their publishing experience, as well as the working methods, attitudes, and strategies of superstar novelists—like Stephen King, John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, and others. Use their tips to help you build your own success!

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