Writing Fiction for All You're Worth(2011)
Strategies and Techniques for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level
A non fiction book by James Scott Bell
Get your fiction to that next level, where agents and editors sit up and take notice - - and where readers keep coming back for more.
#1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell will show you, with nuts and bolts and proven techniques, how you can write fiction that sells.
WRITING FICTION FOR ALL YOUR WORTH contains the best of James Scott Bell's articles and blog posts on writing, easily searchable under these headings: The Writing World, The Writing Life, and The Writing Craft.
You'll learn about the 6 critical success factors for bestselling fiction, how to write un-put-downable action scenes, and how to capture the interest of an agent. The keys to a dynamic opening page are revealed, and just as important, what NOT to do in the opening. There's plenty of inside information on what agents and editors say they're looking for and detailed instructions on how to write a stress free query. You'll learn what to put on your LAST page, when to use italics, how to write with courage. And a whole lot more.
And you'll get never before published material, including a first-ever look into Jim's secret writing notebook, the manual he put together over the years for his own use in writing numerous bestsellers. For the first time he's sharing a glimpse into the notes he compiled on his way to publishing success.
Plus, a special module on getting into e-publishing, which you must read if you want to have a career selling e-books successfully.
ADDED BONUS: Interviews with some of the top writers working today: Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Brad Thor, David Baldacci, Carla Neggers, David Morrell, Alex Kava, Michael Palmer, Eric Van Lustbader, Steve Martinia, plus debut authors Sarah Pekkanen and Boyd Morrison.
You will be inspired and instructed by these consummate pros as they share their writing secrets with you.
What they're saying about James Scott Bell:
"I needed advice before I tried to write a novel. The usual axiom - write what you know - wasn't helpful. So I turned to James Scott Bell. He taught me how to structure a great entrance - the equivalent of gliding down a spiral staircase in a wedding gown - and how to keep the next 400 pages from becoming as hopelessly tangled as the crumpled papers and wads of gum in my old desk. My novel sold." - Sarah Pekkanan, author of The Opposite of Me
"I read PLOT & STRUCTURE in a single sitting, gasping and trying not to scream, while trapped in a flooded hospital all alone with a serial killer. Okay, not really, but after reading James Scott Bell's book, I can't help thinking that a good blurb should grab the reader with an interesting character and a compelling situation. I am inspired by Bell's enthusiastic approach, and am impressed with his numerous, helpful insights into the craft of storytelling. I recommend his book highly - especially the ending, where it turns out I WAS the serial killer." - Bill Marsilii, screenwriter, Deja vu
"If Jim Bell is teaching and I'm within a hundred miles, you can bet I'll be there! His commitment to the craft of writing is surpassed only by his enthusiasm for passionate storytelling." - Angela E. Hunt, bestselling novelist
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
March 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition