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Your First Novel

Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Writer's Digest Books

Published : 2006

Copyright : Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb 2006

ISBN-10 : PB 1-58297-388-1
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-58297-388-3

Publisher's Write-Up

An author agent team shares the keys to achieving your dream. This work includes all the start to finish fundamentals you need to produce and launch a first novel. It offers readers balanced advice on both writing and publishing their first novel, from the perspective of a published author and seasoned agent. It is an essential reference for aspiring and struggling writers everywhere.

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Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (120507) Rating (9/10)

Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Rating 9/10
Your First Novel is for All Novelists, from Would-Be to Seasoned.

When I teach my writing students, I urge them to keep reading, keep writing, keep taking classes. Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb, the agent and author combination who have cobbled together a definitive first book of reading for novelists, urge writers to do the same thing. Having said that, this may very well be the place for a would-be novelist to start.

It's also a great place for a seasoned writer to refresh, pick up a few new hints, get inspired and get some understanding - some real understanding - of what it is agents do.

The reason this book is so important is that both authors come from a place of experience and both have researched their lesson plans. Not only that, Dennis Lehane's foreword will inspire any writer - any writer! - to dig into their craft and the business of publishing by reading farther.

Whitcomb doesn't just give good advice; she illustrates her points liberally with quotations from the classics and newer writers who have perfected their craft. The visuals she provides for, say, "Accents and Dialect" are as clear as if they had been diagrammed for you by the sternest of English-teaching nuns. Only Whitcomb isn't at all stern. Rather her voice (another subject she discusses) will convince writers of her warmth, that she cares about writing, both her own and that of others.

Rittenberg is equally engaging. The most jaded of novelists will come away from her section of the book (publishing, queries, marketing and more!) with a sense that to know an agent may - after all - be to love one.

This book is one that should be grabbed, read, and kept reference-handy by writers at most any stage in their careers. Okay, I'll exempt Stephen King and Barbara Kingsolver, but you get the idea.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson (12th May 2007)

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