Novel-Maker’s Handbook

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Are you struggling to turn your great idea into an even better novel? Learn how to craft a compelling story right from the start.

Is your dream of writing a novel sitting in a desk drawer or in a forgotten folder of your computer? Have you spent countless hours on endless drafts without making much progress? Have you given up hope of writing a manuscript you can truly be proud of? Today’s the day to take charge of your writing career. Let veteran book editor Diane O’Connell show you how.

Drawing on her years of experience working with novelists for a major publishing house, O’Connell’s guide is a must-read if you want to improve your storytelling. While most books on writing are written by authors, the award-winning The Novel-Maker’s Handbook is different. Experienced editors know that successful books aren’t just about technique. You need to create a compelling story arc and pitch it in a way that gets noticed. O’Connell’s gem is the only book that provides first-time novelists with a proven system for writing a book in less time while improving all facets of your storytelling.

Whether you want to prepare for National Novel Writing Month or simply try to improve your craft, The Novel-Maker’s Handbook will help you grow in your quest to become a published novelist. If you like straightforward, insightful, and razor-sharp writing guides, then you’ll love this career-changing book.

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In The Novel-Maker’s Handbook, you’ll discover how to:

  • write your novel with ease to get your book right the first time
  • fully understand the techniques needed to polish your novel into a must-read
  • draw from the tactics of bestselling authors to write your own page-turners
  • identify your weak spots and exactly what to do to fix them
  • build life-long skills as a writer, and much, much more!

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Advance Praise

“O’Connell’s process for structuring a story will save you years of floundering.”
Kristin von Kriesler, bestselling author of An Unexpected Grace

“This book has it all: from the building blocks of creating a great story to the spit-and-polish techniques so necessary for marketability. There’s nothing like it anywhere.”
Deborah Levine Herman, literary agent, The Jeff Herman Agency

“Breaking down the essential elements of a marketable novel, O’Connell offers valuable tips and exercises to motivate your writing.”
Gary Braver, bestselling and awarding-winning author of Tunnel Vision

“This comprehensive guide offers everything that new or struggling writers need to know.”
Chris Roerden, national award-winning author of Don’t Sabotage Your Submission

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