- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Snowbooks (1 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906727945
- ISBN-13: 978-1906727949
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Write to be Published Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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Don't submit your first manuscript without reading this book. --Mary Hoffman
I've always generally mistrusted self-help books, especially those offering advice to would-be writers, a gullible lot at best, who should probably be saving their money. Nicola Morgan's book is one of a very few exceptions. It offers excellent, practical, informed and unpatronizing advice to the published and the unpublished alike; exposes common fallacies; pokes fun at sacred cows; deflates pretensions; offers encouragement where deserved; admits to occasional 'crabbitness', but tells things as they really are in a world where success is increasingly hard to achieve. This is the tutor I wish I'd had when I was starting out: brisk, funny, just a little bit schoolmistressy, but an eminently sensible schoolmistress who knows her subject, doesn't suffer fools and is not afraid to hand out detentions where necessary. In short, Nicola Morgan is made of crabbit - but she is also made of awesome. --Joanne Harris
I've followed Nicola's blog since its beginning and because that's full of good sense and what's more, sense conveyed in a funny and likeable way, I for one can't wait to read the book. --Adele Geras
About the Author
Nicola Morgan is a prolific, award-winning author of around 90 books. She runs the popular & respected blog, Help! I Need a Publisher! where her trenchant advice makes her the first Google result for the phrase "Crabbit Old Bat".
Best known for gritty YA novels, such as the Fleshmarket and Deathwatch, Nicola is also the author of best-selling early learning books. Nicola is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and is an inspiring and energetic speaker on many aspects of books for all ages."
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No soft soap, no sugar-coating, Nicola Morgan really does tell it like it is. But beware, advice this clear and sensible is not for the faint-hearted. Telling would-be published authors that all they need to do is write the right book in the right way, and send it to the right people at the right time (and add a little luck) is both the most succinct and the most daunting piece of forthrightness I've read in a long time.
Certainly, a lot of what she advocates can be boiled down to using plain old common sense and not being too blatantly barking in one's approaches to publishing professionals, but her guidance is backed up by her years of personal experience of trying and finally succeeding to get published. She is honest and incisive about her early failures, and this provides the final stamp of authenticity to this informative and straight-talking book.
Well worth investing in.
The book is organised around the principal things to get right if you aim for publication. What to think about before you start writing, what to write, how to write it, how to submit it and how to begin navigating what follows, whether you are successful or not. That every one of these things is crucial shines out of the page. There are many excellent guides, especially from American authors, on particular techniques of writing, and there are other guides to the writing process and the soul-stretching task of submission, but never have I seen all these things addressed so well in a single volume. No time is wasted on points that are less than important; every page packs a punch. I keep remembering lines that particularly sang to me, and there were many.
Above all, Write to be Published has convinced me of the science behind the successful writer. There are good reasons why most submissions fail, there are good reasons why some books are a success, and there are several things you have to get right if you want to sell your writing. Nicola Morgan has distilled professional wisdom and insider knowledge to explain what these things are. And it is not only her pragmatism that infects you but her enormous enthusiasm for the joy of writing. For a novice writer like me, this book is a complete meal.
The book is written with a brilliantly dry wit and I can't recommend it highly enough.
There is a good balance of humour and seriousness, plus a useful section at the end where you can make notes of the page numbers you might wish to refer back to at a later date.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still not published - but a great guide and full of information that will help - I hope!Published 6 months ago by Chris
This book is full of useful advice. Whether it works depends, I guess, on the author and his / her talent and dedication, luck no doubt, and the views of agents and publishers, so... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joshua
Funny, readable and good, no-nonsense practical advice from someone who knows. She may be a crabbit old bat, but she's got your back!Published 12 months ago by S Maclennan
The author is so engaging, it's like you are both having coffee and a chat. She tells you the warts and all stuff about publishing, the stuff you want to ignore and stick your... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lucy Mitchell
Very interesting and gives you lots and lots of ideas. One of the better books on how to get publishedPublished 13 months ago by miss
Well written, funny, lots of experience and practical advice given.Published 14 months ago by claire dalkin