The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist

The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist

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qLucid, thoughtful...writers and teachers will learn much from it...Belongs wherever Strunk and Whitea€™s The Elements of Style finds frequent use.a€--Booklist qWriters will actually learn things here.a€--Los Angeles Times qPerfect for teachers, critics and general readers.a€--Library Journal qRequired reading for all those who care about good fiction.q--Kirkus Reviews Drawing upon twenty-eight years of experience as the CEO and editorial director of St. Martina€™s Press, Thomas McCormack gives practical guidance about how to plan, write, and revise a novel. A standard reference for editors since its first publication in 1988, The Fiction Editor has also become popular with writers because McCormacka€™s advice is constructive at every step of the creative process. From individual word choice right up to the overarching effect of the work as a whole, he details how to structure the novel, choose the characters, drive the story, diagnose narrative ailments, and find and apply specific remedies. In this revised second edition, McCormack takes advantage of almost two decades of additional experience to clarify and expand on what he has learned. qWritten in an amiable tone, often using examples, hypothetical writing scenarios, or dialogue-style discourse between industry professionals to clarify its points, The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist is a superb handbook for fiction writers but especially recommended for prospective and professional fiction editors.q--Midwest Book Review Thomas McCormack edited authors as diverse as James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small) and Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs). He was awarded LMP's Lifetime Achievement Award and the AAP's Curtis Benjamin Award for Creative Publishing. For two years, he wrote qThe Cheerful Skepticq column in Publishers Weekly.Somehow it should be a a€œcentral generalization about lifea€ without being a a€œ didactic pronouncement about life.a€ (If in this Note I seem to belabor Perrine inordinately, ita#39;s because his influence has been inordinate: Perrinea#39;s Literature: Structure, anbsp;...

Title:The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist
Author:Thomas McCormack
Publisher:Paul Dry Books - 2006


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