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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Starfire World Syndicate (May 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982378300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982378304
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nina Munteanu is an environmental scientist and internationally published SF writer of short stories and several novels, including "Collision with Paradise" (Liquid Silver Books), nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and "The Cypol" (eXtasy Books), nominated for the Ecata Reviewer's Choice Award. "Darwin's Paradox" is set in Canada's near future Ontario and Quebec.

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The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now! is an excellent tool for all writers, beginners or professionals.

It is the most practical book on publishing that I've ever read, and I've read them all! Not only is each chapter packed with advice for writers at every level of the publishing process, but the text is highly readable and even entertaining. The clear format, the direct style and the playful layout keep the large volume of information from ever becoming dry or boring.

This book is aimed at anyone interested in gaining entrance to the world of publishing, whether you want to write sci-fi novels, poetry, children's books, how-to books, or magazine articles. If you want to publish with the big-name pros or even self-publish, this book will help you decide what would suit you best and how to achieve it.

It covers everything from queries and rejection letters to finding an agent, and participating in the publicity process.

This is a thorough book that will help you to understand how editors, agents, and publishers view writers' actions. It will help you to become an invaluable part of a publishing team, which can only serve to enhance your career opportunities.

I use this book in my creative writing class and in my Writer's Workshop class. It gives my students great tips on how to approach this intangible world of publishing and how to become successful writers. It inspires and motivates all those who have great writing ideas, but don't know where to begin.

I HIGHLY recommend it for any and all aspiring authors! It is simply the best!
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The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now

I've taught grammar and punctuation, the mechanics of language. Nina's book walks through the mechanics of the publishing world in a clear & concise manner. Entertaining and fun!!! A great guide for writers to move on to the next round in publishing their work.

Rick LeBlanc
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HASH(0xa34784a4) out of 5 stars Susan McLemore, writing instructor, praises The Fiction Writer! Oct. 7 2009
By G McLemore - Published on
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Those of us who teach creative writing are constantly searching for that perfect resource that will not only instruct, but also inspire our students,one that will map out the pitfalls while simultaneously jump-starting the writing process. Nina Munteanu's book is it!
The Fiction Writer is at the top of the required reading list for my Writer's Workshop students! With its engagingly direct, conversational style and easily accessible format, it is a veritable cornucopia of hands-on help for aspiring writers of any age.
Sprinkled throughout are specific exercises designed to establish and enhance good writing skills, while every page is loaded with specific do's and don'ts, with chunks of advice drawn from an impressive and eclectic array of resources in the writing and publishing arenas. Add to that Nina's own insights, gathered along her journey as a successful writer, and the result is the quintessential guidebook for the soon-to-be-published.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33cbe64) out of 5 stars From a Freshman Composition Instructor Oct. 21 2009
By D. Merchant - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nina's writing style is engaging, enlightening, and enjoyable. And like the good Doctor's Tardis, the book is larger than it appears - how she is able to distill as much as she does in 266 pages is a testament to her writing abilities. As others have rightfully stated, it is chock full of ideas, checklists, advice, and exercises. I have six book shelves at home (and about as many at work) devoted to books on writing and the teaching of writing covering all the writing genres. Before Nina's book, I was getting rather bored with them. But after reading excerpts of Nina's book on her blog, I just had to check out the entire text.

I even found her book useful for my 102 students. Although we do not teach creative writing in 102 (we survey short stories, poems, and plays), every quarter I use portions of Nina's text, especially the discussion on the hero's journey. That is how useful her book is.

Get Get Published, Write Now! right now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36bc8dc) out of 5 stars Useful practical guide. Dec 16 2009
By frumiousb - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed Munteanu's fiction, so I was happy when she gave me the chance to read her book on writing.

I found it a useful practical guide full of tips and links that any writer focusing on craft should remember. Even if it isn't saying anything particularly new, what it does say is worth repeating, and is rarely said in such succinct form. It is also nice that it has some emphasis on speculative fiction, something many writing guides ignore completely.

My only (minor) quarrels are:

many of the links seem as though they could well be transitory, which will eventually hurt the value of the book, and

I would have liked to hear a little more about Munteanu's experience as a writer in the pages. She kept her voice quite neutral throughout.

I would recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3198a50) out of 5 stars Writing advice from an alien Nov. 22 2009
By Lynda Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
High energy writer and teacher of writing Nina Munteanu is an upbeat coach for new and published writers seeking to refresh their art. She relates tales from her own experiences to personalize her frank and helpful advice on getting published. I particularly liked how she focuses on writing good stuff, though. Her light-hearted "alien's perspective" complete with cartoon character combines with her sense of humor and cheerful tone to make the book a positive experience. Short sections. Snappy chat.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa303d894) out of 5 stars Great book for novices to fiction writing Sept. 30 2009
By Zoe M. Hicks - Published on
Format: Paperback
I write in the non fiction genre, but when I heard Nina speak at a conference, I bought her book. I learned so much! I think every writer wants to write a novel someday, and with Nina's help, I will do it a lot sooner. There are many "tricks of the trade" from many world famous writers that Nina has included. This book is a great resource for my library. It has already helped me tremendously.