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Writing a Novel and Getting Published For Dummies, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-05910-4
314 pages
January 2012
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Includes advice on perfecting dialogue, plot, and endings

Turn your bright idea into a brilliant novel

With a published author advising you on how to write a great novel, and a literary agent on how to get a publishing deal, this guide gives you the complete inside track on the art and science of breaking into the fiction publishing industry. It takes you step-by-step from concept to contract so you have all the tools you need to tell your story with skill, and approach agents and publishers with confidence.

  • Structure your novel
  • Develop believable characters
  • Put the seven basic stories to work
  • Troubleshoot and edit your work
  • Get a good agent
  • Negotiate a deal
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Part I: Starting Out.

Chapter 1: Entering the Writer's World.

Chapter 2: Meshing Your Talent and Technique.

Chapter 3 : Getting to the Writing.

Part II: Building from the Basics.

Chapter 4: Following the Hero's Journey.

Chapter 5: Scheming and Plotting: Using Stories.

Chapter 6: Considering the Grand Concept.

Chapter 7: Structuring the Story.

Part III: Examining the Elements.

Chapter 8: Creating Characters.

Chapter 9: Exploring Relationships.

Chapter 10: Talking about Dialogue.

Chapter 11: Including Conflict.

Part IV: Fine-Tuning and Finishing Up.

Chapter 12: Adding Depth and Detail.

Chapter 13: Getting Creative.

Chapter 14: Ending and Editing.

Part V: Publishing.

Chapter 15: Entering the World of Publishing.

Chapter 16: Finding an Agent.

Chapter 17: Preparing for Publication.

Chapter 18: Coping with the Business Side of Being an Author.

Chapter 19: Going it Alone: Self-Publishing.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Top Tips for Writers.

Chapter 21: Ten Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Chapter 22: Ten Novels You Need to Read and Why.

Chapter 23: Ten Tips from Published Authors.


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George Green is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He has written two novels, Hound and Hawk.

Lizzy Kremer is an agent at David Higham Associates, one of the UK's leading literary agencies.

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"takes readers through every aspect of the writing process, from planning a novel and getting started, through to securing a publishing contract." (Publishing News (Main), Friday 18th May)
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