Your Novel Proposal: from Creation to Contract

Your Novel Proposal: from Creation to Contract is an instruction manual for novice authors. The daunting and mysterious undertaking of getting a novel published is broken down into concise logical steps. Blythe Camenson and Marshall J. Cook provide a good overview of the paths to publication, including information to aid the search for an agent or publisher. Though submission requirements vary widely among industry professionals, the query letter tips presented by the authors are a solid foundation to build upon. A highlight of this book is the chapter on synopses. Guidelines for the elements and structure of the synopsis are coupled with well-written examples to help stimulate the flow of those creative juices. A careful study of this material will certainly enhance a new writer’s skill and strategy for crafting a synopsis that reads like a novel and compels the reader to ask for sample chapters or a complete manuscript. Some insight into the publication process rounds out the education. And a helpful appendix serves as a convenient starting point to search for additional writing, publishing, and marketing resources.

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James D. Kellogg

James D. Kellogg is a water resource engineer in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and the author of Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller. His Right Angles opinion column appears monthly in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent newspaper.

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