Writing the Breakout Novel Winning Advice from a Top Agent and His Bestselling Client

ISBN-10: 158297182X
ISBN-13: 9781582971827
Edition: 2002
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Description: A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category - such as romance, mystery or thriller - and hits the bestseller lists. This book explains the elements that all breakout novels share and provides tips on how to write a breakout novel.

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category - such as romance, mystery or thriller - and hits the bestseller lists. This book explains the elements that all breakout novels share and provides tips on how to write a breakout novel.

Anne Perry was born Juliet Hume on October 28, 1938 in Blackheath, London. Sent to Christchurch, New Zealand to recover from a childhood case of severe pneumonia, she became very close friends with another girl, Pauline Parker. When Perry's family abandoned her, she had only Parker to turn to, and when the Parkers planned to move from New Zealand, Parker asked that Perry be allowed to join them. When Parker's mother disagreed, Perry and Parker bludgeoned her to death. Perry eventually served five and a half years in an adult prison for the crime. Once she was freed, she changed her name and moved to America, where she eventually became a writer. Her first Victorian novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published in 1979. Although the truth of her past came out when the case of Mrs. Parker's murder was made into a movie (Heavenly Creatures), Perry is still a popular author and continues to write. She has written over 50 books and short story collections including the Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series. Her story, Heroes, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. In 2013 her title Blind Justice made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Foreword
Introduction
You Have the Power to Break Out
How to Use This Book
Why Write the Breakout Novel?
The Truth About Book Publishing
The Truth About Authors
The Myths of Success
The E-Revolution
Where to Go From Here
Premise
The Stories That You Love
Four Facets of Three Great Novels
The Little Components of Big Ideas
Build It and the Breakout Premise Will Come
Brainstorming the Breakout Premise
Stakes
Creating High Human Worth
Public Stakes
Personal Stakes
Escalating Stakes
Your Own Stakes
Time and Place
The Psychology of Place
Keeping Up With the Times
Working With Historical Forces and Social Trends
God at Work in the World
The Secret Ingredient
Characters
Real People vs. Larger-Than-Life Figures
What Makes a Character Larger-Than-Life?
Dark Protagonists
The Highest Character Qualities
Building a Cast
Advanced Character Relationships
Sidekics and Narrators
Depth and Differentiation of Character
Plot
Conflict
The Five Basic Plot Elements
Bridging Conflict
What is the Worst That Can Happen?
High Moments, Turning Corners, Killing Characters
Structuring Plot
Larger Plot Structures
Contemporary Plot Techniques
The New Shape of the Novel
The Character-Driven Story
Self-Discovery in the Plot-Driven Novel
Nonlinear Narrative
Tension on Every Page
Multiple Viewpoints, Subplots, Pace, Voice, Endings
Multiple Points of View
Successful Subplots
Narrative Pace
Voice
Endings
Advanced Plot Structures
Families, Groups, Generations
Thrillers
Crossover Fiction
Whole Life
Historicals
Out-of-Category Romance
Linked Short Stories
Inventing Your Own Advanced Plot Structure
Theme
Having Something to Say
Step-by-Step Theme Building
Symbols
Becoming Passionate
Right and Wrong in the Novel
The Protagonist's Declaration of Purpose
What Makes a Theme Universal?
Discovering Theme
Breaking Out
Agent and Editor
The Pitch
Outlines
Breakout Publishing, Breakout Living
Success, Sequels, Series and Beyond
Index

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