Writing the Blockbuster Novel

For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts's The Witness, which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points.

Author: Albert Zuckerman

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 9781466887596

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Albert Zuckerman, legendary literary agent, has worked with many bestselling authors, including Ken Follett, Olivia Goldsmith, Antoinette Van Heugten, Michael Lewis, and F. Paul Wilson. Zuckerman is a master at teaching writers the skills necessary to crack the bestseller list. For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts's The Witness, which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points. Zuckerman's commentary on Ken Follett's working outlines for The Man From St. Petersburg provide a blueprint for building links between plot and character. A new introduction discusses social media and self-publishing. Writing the Blockbuster Novel is an essential tool for any aspiring author. As Dan Brown said in an interview: "Not long ago, I had an amusing experience meeting the author of a book I received as a gift nearly two decades ago a book that in many ways changed my life. I was halfway through writing my first novel when I was given a copy of Writing the Blockbuster Novel. [Zuckerman's] book helped me complete my manuscript and get it published. [When] I met Mr. Zuckerman for the first time. I gratefully told him that he had helped me. He jokingly replied that he planned to tell everyone that he had helped me write The Da Vinci Code." At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

How to Write a Novel How to Write a Blockbuster Novel That Will Sell How to Make Money Writing and Finance Your Work

Establishing a workable plot All's well that ends well Editing, proofing, and criticism Marketing and publishing your work Much, much more! Buy your copy today!Take action today and buy this book for a limited time discount.

Author: Brian Richards

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ISBN: 1500855103

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A Proven, Step-By-Step Method And Strategies On How To Write A Good Novel That Will Surely Grab Public Attention And Critical Acclaim Everybody thinks that writing a novel is easy, because you only need to use your writing talent and imagination. However, there are certain rules to fiction-writing that you still need to know, even on a base level. You might be able to tell if a novel is good or bad, but are you able to tell what makes it so?Have you ever wondered how to write a blockbuster novel that will sell? Chances are, if you are a serious, creative, and talented writer you have been wondering just that! Every writer has pondered at some point and time how to write a bestselling book.There are many authors who would enjoy a blockbuster novel, but in order to create one, you're going to have to understand how to write a blockbuster novel. There are many aspects to writing a novel, and there are many aspects to making it a blockbuster. First, of course, your novel has to be set down on paper.Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... Start with an idea What makes a story good? Establishing a workable plot All's well that ends well Editing, proofing, and criticism Marketing and publishing your work Much, much more! Buy your copy today!Take action today and buy this book for a limited time discount.

How to Write Your Blockbuster

'This rare good book on how to set about writing a popular novel is compulsory reading. Fiona McIntosh is top of the pops.' Bryce Courtenay, at his final Masterclass '[McIntosh's] claims are bold but never overoptimistic.

Author: Fiona McIntosh

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 9781760140571

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 180

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To write is a verb. That's an action word. No more procrastination. Almost everybody thinks they have a book in them or dreams of seeing their name on a front cover, but not everyone knows how to go about it. Sharing all she's learned so far, Fiona McIntosh, one of Australia's most successful commercial authors, shows you how to get started and, even more importantly, how to finish. In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher. Chock-full of insider's advice on what makes a bestselling general fiction author, this invaluable resource will equip the newcomer to novel writing with the tools to finish your first draft within a year. If you have a tough hide and a philosophical attitude - as well as a damn strong work ethic - you can make writing fiction your career. 'This rare good book on how to set about writing a popular novel is compulsory reading. Fiona McIntosh is top of the pops.' Bryce Courtenay, at his final Masterclass '[McIntosh's] claims are bold but never overoptimistic.'TheSaturday Age 'McIntosh's examples and the exercises she sets in this interesting insight into gaining a foothold in commercial fiction are an eye-opener. And she is more than qualified to take onthe role of mentor.'GoldCoast Bulletin

The Bestseller Code

The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250088284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Ask most people about massive success in the world of fiction, and you’ll typically hear that it’s a game of hazy crystal balls. The sales figures of E. L. James or Dan Brown seem to be freakish—random occurrences in an unknowable market. But what if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? What if it knew, just from analyzing the words alone, not just why genre writers like John Grisham and Danielle Steel belong on the lists, but also that authors such as Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt had telltale signs of success all over their pages? Thanks to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the algorithm exists, the code has been cracked, and the results bring fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read. The Bestseller Code offers a new theory for why Fifty Shades of Grey sold so well. It sheds light on the current craze for dark heroines. It reveals which themes tend to sell best. And all with fascinating supporting data taken from a five-year study of twenty thousand novels. Then there is the hunt for "the one"—the paradigmatic example of bestselling writing according to a computer's analysis of thousands of points of data. The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology that will be provocative to anyone interested in how analytics have already transformed the worlds of finance, medicine, and sports. But at heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works, and a fresh take on our intellectual and emotional response to stories.

Hidden Talents

Bestselling author Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group.

Author: Erica James

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781409107460

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Bestselling author Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group. Dulcie Ballantyne knows that creative writers' groups attract an unlikely mix of people, so when she starts up Hidden Talents, she is well prepared for the assortment of people she is bringing together. Beth King is facing empty-nest syndrome as her only son, Nathan, leaves home for university. Jack Solomon, a local estate agent, is having trouble coming to terms with the shock of his wife leaving him for his best friend. Jaz Rafferty is an intensely private seventeen-year-old girl who writes to escape her large, boisterous family. Victor Blackmore is a know-it-all, who claims to be writing the blockbuster novel every publisher will be clamouring for. What they all have in common is a need to escape, as well as a desire to keep their lives as private as possible. As they grow more confident in their writing skills, friendships develop, and gradually they come to realise that a little openness isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Foolproof Breakout Fiction

IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A BESTSELLING AUTHOR WITH A BIG NEW YORK PUBLISHER, YOU HAVE THE WRONG DREAM.

Author: J. S. Chapman

Publisher: Weatherly Books

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 150

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IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A BESTSELLING AUTHOR WITH A BIG NEW YORK PUBLISHER, YOU HAVE THE WRONG DREAM. But if you want to break into the bestselling ranks of Amazon.com, the goal is within your grasp. FOOLPROOF! BREAKOUT FICTION: Your Essential Guide for Writing Blockbuster Novels can show you how. You’ve probably been searching for a magical formula to break out of the pack. Given the stiff competition — and getting stiffer by the day — you can’t go out there with any old story, throw it against a wall, and hope it sticks. You’re obligated to approach your next novel by doing it methodically. First by researching the trends of bestselling fiction. Then by putting together a business plan for both your near and long-term aspirations. Where do you want to be in five or ten years? Still on the sidelines? Or turning your passion into a business. Inspiration alone won’t be enough. A solid approach is required. An author cannot survive without a long-range plan. If you’re going to survive in the cutthroat indie publishing industry—where up to 2,000 new titles are being released on Amazon.com every day—nothing can be left to chance. You read that correctly. Based on publishing trends since 2012, up to 2,000 new ebook titles are being published every … single … day! Find out how you can increase your chances of being a breakout author. Some would say that all you really need are electrifying stories written in bestselling genres. Of course, it isn’t as simple as that. But it’s a great start. FOOLPROOF! BREAKOUT FICTION promises to inform you about proven bestselling genres while also delivering the following tips. · Secrets of bestselling fiction authors · Popular themes of bestselling novels · Tools that will help your novel break out of the pack · Writing prompts to speed you through the process · Tricks to make the developmental process painless · Suggestions on how to increase your productivity, and why you should If you want to break out of the pack by publishing novel after novel—and selling enough books to establish a solid career—then it’s time to start your journey towards breakout success. There’s no better time than right this minute. Don’t delay. Get your copy of FOOLPROOF! BREAKOUT FICTION: Your Essential Guide for Writing Blockbuster Novels right this minute.

How to Write a Million Dollar Adventure Novel Novel Writing as a Profitable Profession

As Al Zuckerman notes in Writing the Blockbuster Novel a fast-paced novel is the best page-turner. We begin the story on a high point so it will attract reader interest immediately. Since the 18 step pattern has so many advantages it's ...

Author: Ray Mesluk

Publisher: Productive Publications

ISBN: 9781552706466

Category: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

Page: 304

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2010 Novel Short Story Writer s Market

Other novels were written in a windowless spare room in a tiny tract home in the suburbs of Houston. ... Writing the Blockbuster Novel, by Al Zuckerman shows us how to take material apart and put it back together and why it's not ...

Author: Alice Pope

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635675

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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BEST RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHED For three decades, fiction writers have turned to Novel & Short Story Writer's Market to keep them up-to-date on the industry and help them get published. Whatever your genre or form, the 2010 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market tells you who to contact and what to send them. In this edition you'll find: • Complete, up-to-date contact information for 1,200 book publishers, magazines and journals, literary agents, contests and conferences. • News with novelists such as Gregory Frost, Jonathan Mayberry, Carolyn Hart, Chelsea Cain, Mary Rosenblum, Brian Evenson and Patricia Briggs, plus interviews with four debut authors who share their stories and offer advice. • Nearly 200 pages of informative and inspirational articles on the craft and business of fiction, including pieces on a writing humor, satire, unsympathetic characters, and genre fiction; tips from editors and authors on how to get published; exercises to improve your craft; and more. • Features devoted to genre writing including romance, mystery, and speculative fiction. • And new this year: access to all Novel & Short Story Writer's Market listings in a searchable online database!

Foolproof Story Weaving

The story weaving method works especially well for two (2) kinds of series: · a sequential series in which the end of each book finishes with a cliffhanger · an ongoing series where each book begins with a problem and ends with a ...

Author: J. S. Chapman

Publisher: Weatherly Books

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 100

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WHEN YOU DECIDE TO WRITE A BOOK SERIES, YOU MUST BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING. BUT WHERE TO START? Instead of staring at a blank page, setting up a disorganized corkboard, arranging and re-arranging sticky notes, or ordering and re-ordering index cards, there’s a better way. FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING: Your Essential Guide for Writing a Blockbuster Series shows you how to develop either a standalone novel or a series of interconnected novels. By using several methods and suggestions, including story weaving bibles and storyboards, you control the process and not the other way around. The story weaving method works especially well for two (2) kinds of series: · a sequential series in which the end of each book finishes with a cliffhanger · an ongoing series where each book begins with a problem and ends with a satisfying conclusion By applying logical approaches that take you from the initial concept to a final draft, you’ll complete your books faster and more efficiently than either panstering or plotting ever could. Your story will unfold naturally. The secret? You don’t have to be a panster or a plotter. You can be both at the same time. No longer will you have to wait for inspiration to strike. When following preparatory exercises, you can let your mind speedily and confidently guide you from the beginning to the end. In FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING, you’ll learn about these subjects and more. · The differences among episodic, running, or grouped series · Types of fiction—from mainstream to high-concept—and how they work or don’t work for a book series · Basic story structures that will take you from a blank page to a successful series · Story elements that influence how the narrative unfolds in each book and for the full duration of a series · Why character archetypes are the building blocks of all stories With FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING: Your Essential Guide for Writing a Blockbuster Series, you’ll also learn about storytelling, bestselling genres, world building, and archetypes. Do you want to write a book series that can make your writing career? Then don’t delay. Pick up your copy right this minute and start weaving your story!

Fiction Writing Master Class

Writing the Blockbuster Novel. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. ZWEIG, STEFAN 1946. Balzac. Translated by William and Dorothy Rose. New York: Viking Press. ABOUT THE AUTHOR William Cane has had a distinguished career.

Author: William Cane

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639994

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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Want to find your voice? Learn from the best! In your development as a writer, you've likely been told to develop your own unique writing style, as if it were as simple as pulling it out of thin air. But finding your voice isn't easy--it requires time, practice, and a thorough understanding of how great fiction is written. Fiction Writing Master Class analyzes the writing styles of twenty-one superior novelists including Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, and many others. This fascinating and insightful guide mines the writing secrets of these exceptional authors and shows you how to use them to develop a writing style that stands out in a crowd. You'll discover how to: • Create characters as memorable as Herman Melville's Captain Ahab • Master point of view with techniques from Fyodor Dostoevsky • Pick up the pace by keeping your sentences lean like Ernest Hemingway • Incorporate sensual details like James Bond creator Ian Fleming • Add suspense to your story by following the lead of horror master Stephen King And that's not all, Fiction Writing Master Class is your key to understanding and implementing the proven techniques of history's greatest authors, taking your writing to a whole new level of excellence in the process.

Write Great Fiction Plot Structure

Albert Zuckerman , an OP , says in Writing the Blockbuster Novel : No sane person would think of setting out to construct a skyscraper or even a one - family home without a detailed set of plans . A big novel must have the literary ...

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976846

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: • Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends • Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts • Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter • Story structure models and methods for all genres • Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

Write Great Fiction Dialogue

In Albert Zuckerman's book Writing the Blockbuster Novel, he calls this a pivotal scene and says we need at least twelve of them in an average novel. They don't all have to be dialogue scenes, but making a dialogue scene pivotal will ...

Author: Gloria Kempton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Craft Compelling Dialogue When should your character talk, what should (or shouldn't) he say, and when should he say it? How do you know when dialogue--or the lack thereof--is dragging down your scene? How do you fix a character who speaks without the laconic wit of the Terminator? Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by successful author and instructor Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to: • Create dialogue that drives the story • Weave dialogue with narrative and action • Write dialogue that fits specific genres • Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue • Make dialogue unique for each character Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives you the edge you need to make your story stand out from the rest.

Write A Blockbuster And Get It Published Teach Yourself

For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer. NOT GOT MUCH TIME?

Author: Helen Corner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444129847

Category: Reference

Page: 300

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Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer's bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent and a highly successful author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. It covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers and so on. For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of how to write a blockbuster. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Teach Yourself How to Write a Blockbuster

With a substantial part of the book devoted to finding an agent and making a living, and with such key features as editing exercises, soundbites and chapter summaries, it will prove indispensable to all those looking to write for a living.

Author: Lee Weatherly

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 0071478019

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer's bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent, and a highly successful published author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel, but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. Rather than focusing on literary theory, it covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers, and so on. With a substantial part of the book devoted to finding an agent and making a living, and with such key features as editing exercises, soundbites and chapter summaries, it will prove indispensable to all those looking to write for a living.

The Writer s Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition

How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays Jack Heffron ... In Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Albert Zuckerman explains how Ken Follett, a very successful client of Zuckerman's literary agency, ...

Author: Jack Heffron

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599633886

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Where do you get your ideas? It’s a question that plagues every writer. And once you’ve got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts. So how do you come up with those ideas, and how do you turn them into writing that will engage your reader? The Writer’s Idea Book is here to help you find the answers. Utilizing more than 400 prompts and exercises, you’ll generate intriguing ideas and plumb their possibilities to turn them into something amazing. This indispensable guide will help you: • Develop good writing habits that foster creativity • Explore your own life for writing material • Draw inspiration from the world around you • Find form for your ideas, develop them into a piece of writing, and make them better Let The Writer’s Idea Book give you the insight and self-awareness to create and refine ideas that demand to be transformed into greater works, the kind of compelling, absorbing writing that will have other writers asking "where do you get your ideas?"

The Five Minute Writer

Exercise and inspiration in creative writing in five minutes a day Margret Geraghty ... As author's agent Albert Zuckerman points out in Writing the Blockbuster Novel: What we enjoy most in a novel are often things that can never be ...

Author: Margret Geraghty

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848033252

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Suitable for writers, this title includes chapters that offers a writing-related discussion, followed by a five-minute exercise. Five minutes a day spent on an exercise is one of the most effective methods there is to expand your potential and develop self-discipline.

The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

... 1993) by Bonnie Friedman WRITING THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL (Forge, 2016) by Albert Zuckerman Books About Publishing A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: ADVENTURES IN WRITING, 1960– 1980 (New York Public Library/Granary Books, ...

Author: Kevin Larimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982123086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.