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  • 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)

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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 It offers excellent, practical, informed and unpatronizing advice to the published and the unpublished alike; exposes common fallacies; pokes fun at sacred cows; deflates pretensions; offers encouragement where deserved; admits to occasional 'crabbitness', but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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Write To Be Published is a very clever book. It gives you a huge amount of information, both on writing and submitting manuscripts. It covers all the tricky topics you've ever wondered about, as well as offering lots of practical advice on when, how and who to submit to. But what makes this book different (and the thing which will make you fall in love with it) is the wonderful style in which it is written. Rather than the didactic tone of most books on writing, if you read Write To Be Published, it will feel as though you've sat down and had a really good chat with someone who knows just how you feel. Writing is such a lonely business and if you've ever stared down at your keyboard and wondered if you're on the right track, buy this book and start reading. You'll never feel on your own again.
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I'm a follower of the Crabbit One's blog, so I was expecting this to be good, and I wasn't disappointed.

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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the most ambitious scope of any writing guide I've read but gives invaluable advice on every topic it covers, and all in little more than 250 pages. Nicola Morgan apparently prides herself on being a little grouchy, yet she writes with tremendous warmth. I devoured Write to be Published in a couple of days, and all the way I felt in the company of an old friend who just happens to have done it before.

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.
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This is a no-nonsense, down to earth guide to writing a good book and getting agents and publishers interested in it. If you follow all the advice in this book about editing and refining your book, and then follow all the advice about how to submit it, you will definitely increase your chances of being published. Essential reading for any writer who is serious about writing to be published.
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An absolutely essential bit of kit for any beginning writer. Nicola's advice is straight to the point, honest and practical. Everything is backed up by her experience in having over 90 books published and is bang up to date.

The book is written with a brilliantly dry wit and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Having been down the aspiring - no, cross that out - frustrated writers' route, I found so much in this book to inspire me. It would be unfair of me to pinpoint exactly, so suffice to say I have already completed an Advanced Creative Writers' course, and yet still found enough information here to justify the price on the cover.

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.
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A wonderful insight into why a publisher says 'no' from someone who understands from painful personal experience but has also enjoyed the excitement of being an established and respected author. There's a distinct Miss Jean Brodie tone to the writing and I mean that in the sense of nurturing rather than didactic or patronising. I did laugh out loud at points, she's a funny woman, maybe reading more of her books would be a good move...
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