First Five Pages A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

ISBN-10: 068485743X
ISBN-13: 9780684857435
Edition: 2000
Authors: Noah Lukeman
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Description: IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 1/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages. The First Five Pagesreveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as * A weak opening hook * Overuse of adjectives and adverbs * Flat or forced metaphors or similes * Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue * Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings * Uneven pacing and lack of progression With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection.The First Five Pageswill help writers at every stage take their art to a higher -- and more successful -- level.

Contents Introduction
Preliminary Problems
Presentation
Adjectives and Adverbs
Sound
Comparison
Style
Dialogue
Between the Lines
Commonplace
Informative
Melodramatic
Hard to Follow
The Bigger Picture
Showing Versus Telling
Viewpoint and Narration
Characterization
Hooks
Subtlety
Tone
Focus
Setting
Pacing and Progression
Epilogue
Index

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