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4.0 out of 5 stars The Novel Writer's Toolkit Review, 11 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Novel Writer's Toolkit: Your Ultimate Guide to Writing and Publishing a Successful Novel (Paperback)
Sub headed as `Your ultimate guide to writing and publishing a successful novel, this book does what it says on the tin ... err, cover.

Do you have a novel in you? True or not, this book is worth picking up if you believe you could have a novel inside you bursting to break out. The book is divided into three parts.

One concentrates on the practicalities of being a writer, suggestions for plotting, characterisation and dialogue and editing to make your novel as good as it can be.

When writing your rough draft you need a beginning, a middle and an end with chapter breakdowns, sentence structure and dialogue formats - you get all of this in short, snappy sound bites to make every word count.

If you want a more comprehensive view of how to set up your `First 50 Pages' to engage agents, editors and readers, check my next review on Jeff Gerke's outstanding book. Editing and keeping track of inconsistencies, spell checks, styles and `murdering' your babies ... err, words or chapters finishes round one.

Two dives into advice about how to prepare an outline and compose a covering letter that jumps out and grabs a busy agent, as well as what an editor is looking for when they get to your submission in the `slush' pile.

Check out `The Agent's View' if you really, really want to work with an agent. It covers how to find and approach an agent (only after you finish three) with a ten-stage guide to an agent's role.

If you don't know the difference between fiction and non-fiction the `Acquiring Fiction' fires bullets at you to summarise exactly what an editor is looking for in your work and three important reasons why your novel could be rejected. The moral here is to study the reasons and then be sure your precious story doesn't hit the road, Jack.

Three is an in-depth directory detailing agents and publishers who could potentially be interested in hearing about your book. Each entry will help you decide who is right for your story.

My review book for iHubbub quickly filled up with bright orange sticky post-it notes of all the agents I want to hunt down. I took the book along to the London Book Fair and sat having coffee comparing notes to their guide and found this toolkit extremely comprehensive and one I now keep dipping into ...

iHubbub Quote: "Any serious writer's completely crucial guide to agents and publishers."
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