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The First Five Pages Paperback – 11 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199575282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199575282
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition Intelligent, important, valuable, and entertaining instructions. . . . It should be read by all novice writers - and by those whose books are already published but intend to write more. (Richard Marek, former editorial director of Kirkus Reviews)

Mr. Lukeman has written a definitive handbook on the pitfalls to avoid in your work. . . . I highly recommend The First Five Pages to anyone who is serious about their writing. (PlanetShowbiz.com)

Tricks of the trade add to The First Five Pages' value, as do tips on grammar, style, voice and dialogue, and writing exercises. . . . A bargain when you consider all the information packed into [it]. (San Antonio Express-News)

Novice and amateur writers alike will benefit from literary agent Lukeman's lucid advice in this handy, inexpensive little book. Carrying the craft of writing beyong Strunk and White's classic Elements of Style, this book should find a wide audience. . . . Writers' groups and workshops will want multiple copies. (Library Journal)

About the Author

Noah Lukeman runs his own New York literacy agency.

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