The final section of the book is devoted to the responsibilities of the publisher. Any but the most stalwart writer can't help but be disheartened by the book business. It has often been said that a publisher determines a book's fate--barring a miracle--long before it is even released, by the funds allocated to publicize it. Stein takes this one step further, positing that a book's positioning is determined "when the agent submits it for consideration.... There are reportedly nearly a thousand literary agents in North American alone, but fewer than a dozen have clout."
Still, take heart, and try to enjoy the process. "Writing is the second most exciting activity a higher power invented for human beings," says Stein. "And when you get to your eighties, it's the first most exciting activity." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great information contained here for BOTH fiction writers AND non-fiction writers. Practical help, with examples, etc. Highly recommend this to others.Published 19 months ago by opinions4u
I tried to read this before writing anything and I didn't get much out of it. "Immediate Fiction" was a help with my lack of self confidence. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Loretta Matson
He references his other book quite a bit. Keep in mind that you really need both of his books on writing. Still cheap for what you get!Published on Dec 4 2003 by Joseph I. Sack
There was a good bit of useful information here, and more than a few helpful hints. Perhaps I simply expected too much, but I can only say that I do not feel significantly more... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by James Yanni
It's hard to believe that a single book could be so helpful. Don't start a novel without it!Published on May 9 2003 by Dr. Cathy Goodwin
I gave it 4 stars, because there was nothing new in there, but what there was hits 90% of what makes amateur writing bad. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by E. Richards
Sol Stein is a gentleman of many hats. Wearing his writing hat, he has published bestselling novels like THE HUSBAND and THE MAGICIAN and OTHER PEOPLE as well as books and computer... Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by R. Tiedemann
Sol Stein, author of a best-seller and editor for several major authors, takes us on a fresh look at how to write with the reader in mind. Read morePublished on May 15 2002 by Harold McFarland