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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Revised, Updated ed. edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159448483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594484834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With an early promise not to 'Strunk you over the head with rules about style, ' Lerner... provides inspiring, uncondescending advice for writers." -Entertainment Weekly

"[Lerner] doesn't preach on how to write a book but rather tries to help writers and would-be authors cope with such problems as 'being alone with it.' It's a survival course. She wants to help the writer who cannot get started embark, the writer stalled between projects ignite. She wants you to be an effective 'self-promoter' and not a 'self-saboteur.' The book is also an affirmation that late bloomers can become successful writers." -The New York Times"

"[Lerner] has a wicked sense of humor. But don't think that means her book isn't brilliant. It is. Cleverly disguised as a sensible reference work, [this] is in fact a riveting safari through the wilds of the writer's brain, as well as an honest and unpatronizing guide to publishing from every angle. Its tone is singularly authoritative, compassionate, irreverent, and unafraid. Unquestionably a gift to writers of every persuasion." -Newsday

"Economical and witty. The Forest for the Trees should become a permanent part of any writer's or editor's personal library." -The Seattle Times

"Solid, insider advice on every step of the publishing process... With this book, Betsy Lerner becomes what every writer hopes for--a friend in the business." -Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Betsy Lerner has worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, and most recently as executive editor at Doubleday. She lives in Pelham, New York and is currently an agent at the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.


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