Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist A Book for Writers, Teachers, Publishers, and Anyone Else Devoted to Fiction
Edition: 2nd 2006
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Description: "Lucid, thoughtful . . . writers and teachers will learn much from it. . . . Belongs wherever Strunk and White's The Elements of Style finds frequent use."-Booklist ?? "Writers will actually learn things here."-Los Angeles Times?? "Perfect for teachers, critics and general readers."-Library Journal "Required reading for all those who care about good fiction."--Kirkus Reviews?? Drawing upon twenty-eight years of experience as the CEO and editorial director of St. Martin'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 McCormack'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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Thomas McCormack was the CEO and Editorial Director of St. Martin's Press for 28 years. He personally edited authors as diverse as James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small) and Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs). In 1997 he left the book world to write plays. He also wrote "The Cheerful Skeptic" column for PW for 2 years.
|Introduction to the Second Edition|
|Reading Requires Sensibility|
|Diagnosis Requires Sensibility and Craft|
|Revision Requires Sensibility and Craft, and Could Benefit from Art|
|'He' or 'He or She' or|
|Neologisms and Arcane Words|
|Punctuation: When Dancing, the Author Should Lead|
|Fowler, Strunk, White, You, and I|
|The Editor's Lot|
|Editorial License, but No Examination|
|The Lengths and Limits of Craft|
|The Master-Effect Wanted|
|"Theme" and Its Dire Effects|
|On the Necessity to Be New|
|Shaggy Script Story|
|Prelibation by a Nose|
|The Problem of Hamlet's Sister|
|Pity the Great Writer|
|Book Review Editors and Book Reviewers|
|How to Break the News|
|Sam Mussabini, Editor|
|Index of Names|