Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist A Book for Writers, Teachers, Publishers, and Anyone Else Devoted to Fiction

ISBN-10: 1589880307

ISBN-13: 9781589880306

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Thomas McCormack

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"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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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 167
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

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
A Prelibation
Prelibation by a Nose
Indeterminate Prelibation
The Problem of Hamlet's Sister
Pity the Great Writer
Book Review Editors and Book Reviewers
How to Break the News
Matters Outstanding
Stanislavsky Edits
Sam Mussabini, Editor
Jest Desserts
Index of Names
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