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Discovering the Diamond: A guide to writing and getting published from a bestselling author by [Hollick, Helen, Field, Jo]
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Helen Hollick has written ten books to date (2013). Her historical novels: 'The Kingmaking', 'Pendragon's Banner', 'Shadow of the King'; 'A Hollow Crown' (entitled 'The Forever Queen' in the US); and 'Harold the King' (entitled 'I am the Chosen King' in the US) were first published by William Heinemann (Random House UK) and are currently published by SilverWood Books in the UK and by Sourcebooks Inc. in North America. 'Sea Witch', 'Pirate Code', 'Bring It Close' and 'Ripples in the Sand', being the first four voyages of Cpt. Jesamiah Acorne, are published by SilverWood Books worldwide. There will be more! 'Come and Tell Me' (for children) published by Harper Collins and then Happy Cat Books UK, now (2013) out of print. Helen lives in Devon with her family and a variety of pets, including a dog, cats, and several horses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (21 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NI8FVI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This little volume doesn't cost much and won't take long to read (I finished it on a long car journey) but that small investment is very worth while. It should be compulsory reading for every aspiring writer. Like the diamond in its title, it's compact but valuable, drawing on many years' first-hand experience before the empty page. Although Helen Hollick is now a successful and popular novelist, she's not too proud to share mistakes that she's made in the past and generously allows us to learn from them - and from her triumphs too.

Although primarily aimed at novelists, this book contains many pointers relevant to non-fiction writers. All the advice is imparted in a friendly, supportive manner that make it very easy to access and absorb. Even the most defensive authors who bridle at the thought of anyone editing their work will be gently persuaded to hone their work until it shines.

I love the title and its implication that underneath your rough rock of a book there is a diamond lurking, if only you are prepared to spend long enough polishing it. Discovering the Diamond will soon become dog-eared on many an apprentice writer's shelf through constant reference. It is in itself a gem, and a polished one at that.
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Good book
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Helen Hollick and Jo Field have produced a concise, easy-to-read and very useful guide to writing and editing fiction and and preparing it for publication. It only takes a few hours to read, and its packed with useful advice and examples. New writers who are considering self-publishing their work, eiher in printed form or as e-books will find it invauable.

The book is divided into just six chapters, and I found the chapters on writing tecnique and editing especially valuable.

I am a self-published author, my work is a family memoir rather than fiction, but I found everything that Helen and Jo had to say was equally relevant to my chosen genre, and I wished I had had this advice before I published my book.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to new and established authors.
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I bought this on kindle with the idea of seeing if it would work well as a guide I could recommend for my creative writing class, and found it was packed full of useful information. If you want to know how to polish your work so that it meets the requirements for publication or the discerning reader, this is a great start. Helen Hollick is a well-respected historical fiction author, so this works particularly well if historical fiction is your field.
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I found this book, "Discovering the Diamond", really useful. Some books I've tried are so full of technical data that I struggled to understand them. I already had a basic knowledge of writing, but there is so much conflicting info out there. This is ideal. Easy to read and understand, with clear examples and tips which I needed to know. Furthermore, it comes from an established writer, so the proof of the pudding has already been eaten, lol. So glad I read this BEFORE I published. It means I can present my book with more polish now. I shall definitely be reading it more than once, to try to ensure I retain what I've read.

I recommend this book to any aspiring writer. It will help to add polish and good presentation.

By the way, Amazon appears to be trying to add both a full stop and a comma to my title. I have tried deleting the comma, I've tried rewriting it - nothing will remove that obstinate comma!
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