The First Five Pages : A Writers Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile (Paperback)

Author: Lukeman, Noah

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If you write, you need this book.

by Victoria Tarrani on 9/27/2002

There is no plot in a book filled with educational value, however he does discuss the need for a stong one. This book does not teach 'how to write,' but how to avoid the mistakes that send your manuscript to the recycle bin. That is the craft of writing. To be successful, you have to capture your audience in the first five pages. Noah Lukeman, a prestigious editor turned agent knows the secrets of successful writing. In reality, you must capture your reader in the first five words, sentences, or paragraphs with a strong hook and the good writing.If you write, you need this book. Lukeman arranged the chapters in The First Five Pages to show each process in rejecting manuscripts. Follow the steps, and if you are lucky, you might get a contract. Do not follow the steps, and the only reason your manuscript will reach the one person who can make a difference is through a fluke.If you write, you need this book. Each chapter concludes with write and rewrite examples and practices. The Lukeman way is included at the back of the book. The only way to become a better writer is to write. The following is only a brief synopsis of a few chapters.If you write, you need this book. Presentation: The number one reason aspiring writers get rejections is that the work is inappropriate for the market. Simply put: do not send a bodice-ripper, swashbuckling tale to someone representing coffee table books. Other problems are spelling errors, sloppiness, faded text, and dirty paper; they all indicate carelessness that is generally reflected throughout the book. Research your market, and prepare your manuscript according to the instructions given by the agent, editor, or publisher. If they want Ariel font, give it to them. If you write, you need this book. Adjectives and Adverbs: The next step to rejection is the overuse or misuse of modifiers. These words tell rather than show your noun. "If a day is described as 'hot, dry, bright and dusty,'" these words are tedious and the image becomes significantly unimportant. Overuse is very easy to spot by a cursory glance. If you write, you need this book. Sound: If your manuscript has reached this level, it is being read. Pacing, rhythm, meter, or beat is about the way your prose reveals the story. "Prose can be technically correct, but rhythmically unpleasant." Read your work aloud; if it does not sound right to you, pay attention. Comparison: Analogy, simile, and metaphor can be overdone. I read about 1/3 of a book recommended to me as an excellent thriller. The plot, characters, dialogue, details, and descriptions were good. I could not read the book because everything is not like something else, every paragraph or three included a simile. If you write, you need this book. Style: If the writing feels forced or exaggerated, or the writer began to showcase his words rather than the story, the probability of rejection is high. Another nit for me is redundancy; this is a matter of using the same or similar word in close proximity. It is also a reason for rejection. Read More

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Provides advice for aspiring novelists on preparing a manuscript for a literary agent or editor, writing readable dialogue, and using other techniques to begin a work so that publishers will want to publish it and readers will want to read it *Author: Lukeman, Noah *Subtitle: A Writers Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile *Publication Date: 2000/01/01 *Number of Pages: 207 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684857435
SKU 30546861
Format Paperback
ISBN10 068485743X
Release Date 1/1/2000
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Noah Lukeman, a former editor who is now a successful literary agent, has seen has share of bad writing. As a longtime publishing professional, he has developed an efficient method for recognizing whether a manuscript is fit for publication or headed for the rejection pile. The first five pages, he asserts, serve as a microcosm for the whole: if the writing isn't up to par, an agent or editor will look no further.|Using examples from actual manuscripts and query letters he's received, Lukeman illuminates principles that can be applied to virtually any type of writing--fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and even poetry. He covers the fundamentals of crafting good prose and examines every aspect of the "bigger picture" in detail, including viewpoint, tone, setting, characterization, pacing, momentum, and much more.
Editors Note 1 Provides advice for aspiring novelists on preparing a manuscript for a literary agent or editor, writing readable dialogue, and using other techniques to begin a work so that publishers will want to publish it and readers will want to read it
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