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How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a Midlist Author

How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a Midlist Author

by David Armstrong
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Every week, agents and publishers receive hundreds of manuscripts from would-be authors. Of these, less than one percent will make it into print. David Armstrong was one of the lucky ones — his first crime novel plucked from the slush pile and published to acclaim. But it rapidly became clear to Armstrong that being a published novelist is not always as glamorous as it seems from the outside. There are the depressing, ill-attended readings, the bitchy writers’ conventions, and the bookshops that have never heard of you and don’t stock your book. All of these will be familiar to any writer who, like Armstrong, falls into the category euphemistically known in publishing as ‘mid-list’. The reality is that for every J K Rowling there are 1,000 David Armstrongs; for every writer who is put up in a five-star hotel and flies first class courtesy of their publisher there are 1,000 who sleep on friends’ floors during book tours and dine at highway service stations... Witty, acerbic and wise, "How Not To Write A Novel" lifts the lid on publishing. From agents to editors, publicists to sales reps, it explains the publishing process - and how to survive it - from the point of view of a non-bestselling writer. A unique book, it is essential reading for anyone who dreams of getting their novel published - and for anyone curious about the inside workings of the publishing game.

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ISBN-13: 9780749006808
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 07/23/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Armstrong lives in Shropshire, England. His first novel was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Best First Crime Novel and since then his work has continued to receive critical acclaim.

Table of Contents

Introduction Advances Agents Audio and Large Print Bestsellers Bookshops Books to read...and not...
Courses Covers Crime Writers’ Association (CWA)
Dedications...and family Discipline Distribution Editors Epiphany Festivals Getting Close and Bubbling Under How to...books Ideas Joy of it all...
‘Kill your darlings’ and other cliches Launches Luck Murder Names Other jobs Public Lending Right (PLR)
Quotations Reading aloud Research Reviews Second One, The Slush pile Talks TV...and books Unpleasantness Vanity and self-publishing Waiting Xylophone Youth...and age Zen...and the art of writing.

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How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a Midlist Author 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ruby_Barnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How to outsell your own not very successful novels with a 'how to' book.A book that claims to be the antidote to How to... books. In fact it is really a memoir of the author who has published four novels and achieved, by his own measure, mediocre success. As a quick and slightly humourous read it is worth five out of ten. The author comes across as conceited, dressing up his anger and arrogance in fake modesty and self-deprecation. Reviews on Amazon warned me of the continous plugging of his other titles and I was ready to buy one half way through this short book. Then I started to develop a certain dislike for the author. He makes some good points worth remembering but goes on to describe obvious mistakes he has made and still seems unconscious of. Amazon reviews of his novels are sparse. Ironically this title, which shows his various inadequacies, will probably be Armstrong's best seller.