The First Five Pages: A Writer'S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

January 20, 2000|
The First Five Pages: A Writer'S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
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IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.
Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages.
The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as
* A weak opening hook
* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs
* Flat or forced metaphors or similes
* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue
* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings
* Uneven pacing and lack of progression
With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. The First Five Pages will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher -- and more successful -- level.
Noah Lukeman is a literary agent based in New York City whose clients include Pulitzer Prize nominees, New York Times bestselling authors, Pushcart Prize recipients and American Book Award winners. Prior to becoming an agent, he worked on the editorial side of several major publishing companies. He has been a guest speaker on the subje...
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Title:The First Five Pages: A Writer'S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.75 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.75 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Published:January 20, 2000
Publisher:Touchstone
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780684857435

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