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


ISBN: 1500855103


Page: 38

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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.

Foolproof Breakout Fiction


Author: J. S. Chapman

Publisher: Weatherly Books


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 150

View: 586


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.

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

View: 284


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.

Write A Blockbuster And Get It Published Teach Yourself

If your heart is set on writing a type of fiction that you're not familiar with, then the best advice I can give you is not to start writing for at least ...

Author: Helen Corner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444129847

Category: Reference

Page: 300

View: 242


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.

Novel and Short Story Writer s Market 96

1996 Writer's Market — Celebrating 75 years of helping writers realize their ... 10451 / $ 15.99 / 176 pages Writing the Blockbuster Novel — Let a top ...

Author: Robin Gee

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898797136

Category: Authorship

Page: 631

View: 577


Fiction writers turn to this resource each year for infomation on fiction markets, contests, conferences, writers' colonies, and other opportunities. Helpful articles and interviews with professional writers add to the guide's appeal.

Fiction Writing Demystified

Techniques that Will Make You a More Successful Writer Thomas B. Sawyer ... Bob , 70 , 104 Writers Guild of America , 29 , 30 Writing the Blockbuster Novel ...

Author: Thomas B. Sawyer

Publisher: Ashleywilde, Inc.

ISBN: 0962747610

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

View: 805


A guide to the techniques of fiction writing provides advice on story construction, character development, and dialogue.

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.

Author: Gloria Kempton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 483


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.

The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer


Author: Kevin Larimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982123086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

View: 179


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.

Handbook of Short Story Writing

95 Fiction Writing Beginnings , Middles and Ends , by Nancy Kress $ 13 . ... 95 Writing the Blockbuster Novel , Albert Zuckerman , with Introduction ...

Author: Frank A. Dickson


ISBN: 0898790492

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

View: 235


Here's a collection of the most helpful articles from WRITER'S DIGEST magazine covering every aspect of short story writing. Every writer, from beginner to professional, will find guidance, encouragement, and answers to such concerns as how to make characters believable, developing dialogue, writer's block, viewpoint, the all-important use of conflict, and much more.

The Five Minute Writer

published and unpublished – are drawn to fiction, because, ... points out in Writing the Blockbuster Novel: What we enjoy most in a novel are often things ...

Author: Margret Geraghty

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848033252

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 542


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.

Didactic Novels and British Women s Writing 1790 1820

Pamela was the first blockbuster novel of the eighteenth century, and on its original title page, Richardson makes his instructional purpose explicit: ...

Author: Hilary Havens

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317242727

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Tracing the rise of conduct literature and the didactic novel over the course of the eighteenth century, this book explores how British women used the didactic novel genre to engage in political debate during and immediately after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Although didactic novels were frequently conventional in structure, they provided a venue for women to uphold, to undermine, to interrogate, but most importantly, to write about acceptable social codes and values. The essays discuss the multifaceted ways in which didacticism and women’s writing were connected and demonstrate the reforming potential of this feminine and ostensibly constricting genre. Focusing on works by novelists from Jane West to Susan Ferrier, the collection argues that didactic novels within these decades were particularly feminine; that they were among the few acceptable ways by which women could participate in public political debate; and that they often blurred political and ideological boundaries. The first part addresses both conservative and radical texts of the 1790s to show their shared focus on institutional reform and indebtedness to Mary Wollstonecraft, despite their large ideological range. In the second part, the ideas of Hannah More influence the ways authors after the French revolution often linked the didactic with domestic improvement and national unity. The essays demonstrate the means by which the didactic genre works as a corrective not just on a personal and individual level, but at the political level through its focus on issues such as inheritance, slavery, the roles of women and children, the limits of the novel, and English and Scottish nationalism. This book offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging picture of how women with various ideological and educational foundations were involved in British political discourse during a time of radical partisanship and social change.

From Pitch to Publication

Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Little, Brown, London, and Writer's Digest Books, Ohio, 1994. An American literary agent with Ken Follett among his ...

Author: Carole Blake

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447231028

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 304


From Pitch to Publication by Carole Blake is the insider's guide to getting published successfully. The secret to making money from your fiction writing is not only in the quality of your work but your approach to the publishing process: in this book an industry professional shows how to make the system work for you. Advice is here from almost the moment you pick up the pen – identifying the market for your work – to working constructively with your author or agent, safeguarding your rights, negotiating and understanding contracts, and understanding how your book will actually be sold. From Pitch to Publication is the complete guide to presenting yourself effectively to publishers, and navigating the periods before and after publication for continuing success.

Writing Blockbuster Plots

Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting and scene writing into a no-stress endeavor.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639833

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 459


Plotting a story filled with memorable, engaging scenes from beginning to end can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Having the right plan - and the tools to execute it - can make all the difference. Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting and scene writing into a no-stress endeavor. In this completely revised and updated edition, celebrated writing instructor and plot consultant Martha Alderson helps you navigate the intricacies of story with the help of her exclusive Plot Planner and Scene Tracker tools. Using Alderson’s effective, accessible techniques, you'll be able to: • PLOT your story from beginning to end with a focus on dramatic action, the emotional development of your characters, and thematic significance. • ENSURE that each scene contributes meaningfully to the narrative by tracking the seven essential elements of scene. • LINK scenes by cause and effect to create a tight, seamless narrative. • INJECT tension and conflict to keep readers glued to the page. • TARGET weak areas in your story and learn how to fix them. Filled with examples from both classic and contemporary novels, as well as illustrations of the Plot Planner and Scene Tracker in action, Writing Blockbuster Plots strips the confusion out of the plotting process, enabling you to write a story that deserves a standing ovation.

Novel Metamorphosis

Zigzagging, while Albert Zuckerman, in Writing the Blockbuster Novel, calls it Story Points. Some writers call these beats. These are events within a scene ...

Author: Darcy Pattison

Publisher: Mims House

ISBN: 9781629440675

Category: Reference


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Congratulations! You've finished a novel. What an accomplishment! Now what? Now, you need a innovative, in-depth guide to revision. Why Revise? Before revision: Nice Story After revision: Richer, deeper-the novel of your dreams. Novice or Seasoned: For aspiring novelists, mid-list novelists who want to break out, novelists who want to self-publish-successfully, writers who have completed NaNoWriMo but don't know what to do next, and writing critique groups looking for a way to help each other to the next level.Revising has never been easier * Systematically inventory and diagnose your manuscript* Visually manipulate your manuscript to identify problems* Transform dull characters into fascinating, memorable people* Strengthen the narrative and emotional arcs* Sharpen dialogue* Morph dull settings into backdrops that set the mood* Enliven narrated events by selecting the right details* Use language with confidence* Add depth with narrative patterning In-depth professional development* Plan your novel's metamorphosisThe Results A stronger, richer, deeper story, a story that makes readers weep and cry and turn the next page.Novel Metamorphosis, unlike most books on revision, turns theory into radical new tools which are practical, tangible, concrete. * Cut straight to the heart of your manuscript's problem* Develop your writing and editing skills* Understand the critical underlying structure of your story* Learn theory as you work* Spark in-depth discussions in your critique group

The Writersnet Anthology of Prose

... of your early brilliant stories and novel manuscripts torn apart in writers' groups, devised the really brilliant story plot, wrote a blockbuster novel, ...

Author: Gary D. Kessler

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595251032

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 228

View: 969


The WritersNet Anthology of Prose reverses the trend of the publishing industry expanding onto the Internet. What began as an on-line evaluation and editing workshop on the WritersNet website turned this trend on its head when the best of the material submitted by writers across four continents, both published and unpublished, both previous best-sellers and those seeking their first appearance in print, was published in this two-volume anthology. This project not only showcases the widely diverse talent of new and established writers and has established a new common-purpose dimension of community among the writers participating in WritersNet, but it also serves the community at large, as all profits above production costs are being donated to the Salvation Army in remembrance of the events of 9/11. The resulting collection of thirty-one essays and three children’s short stories by twenty-eight separate authors provided in this volume two of the anthology, WritersNet Anthology of Prose: Nonfiction and Children’s Literature, is much more eclectic than is normal with such works. These works defy the normal “common thread in content” rule. You can find something here to entertain you—and to make you ponder—no matter what your reading pleasure. Explore and enjoy.