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Publishers� Viewpoint on Getting Published
am 13. Juni 2000
This book: creates a powerful image of overworked publishers being inundated with manuscripts suffering from similar faults; documents those faults; and gives general pointers on how to get published.
Three (basic) exercise-packed sections cover:
* Preliminary problems-- presentation, adjectives & adverbs, sound, comparison, and style.
* Dialogue-- between the lines, commonplace, informative, melodramatic, and hard to follow.
* The bigger picture-- showing versus telling, viewpoint and narration, characterization, hooks, subtlety, tone, focus, setting, and pacing & progression.
The book could be improved through: addition on an overview of the publishing market and publishers (statistics for different genres & countries); use of fewer words for content; better use of sidebars & summaries to be able to "use" book more effectively; explicitly wider focus beyond fiction & novels; and discussion of "content"- the value add for the reader.
Overall a worthwhile read, but consider "Writing a Novel - and getting published" (Teach Yourself) by Nigel Watts first- it covers similar content concisely, plus adds much more in an easier to read format.