- 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: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now! Paperback – Sep 20 2009
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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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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!
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.
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I am a novice writer. My first book was Snatched By The Devil by my pen name Jeana Hawkins which I wrote after taking an online course taught by Miss Nina herself. We focused on this book, The Fiction Writer, and I started seeing my triumphant life story take shape.
The book, classes and Nina focused on classical techniques taken from classical book writing in fascinating informative detail and even a shortened formula for writing almost any kind of book including science fiction, memoir, mysteries, horror, thrillers and more!
I will be forever grateful for Nina, her classes and this book. Now I have detailed outlines and many notes for three more books. I found Nina Munteanu very respectful of the heartwrenching and very personal memoir I was working on in her online course where I got to discuss the book with her. She is sensitive and very creative.
Thank you, Nina!
She begins by using the building of a house as the metaphor for writing the novel and takes us step by step through the various stages of house construction--blueprint, excavation, foundation, framing, plumbing, heating, electricity, wallboard, plaster and paint--and relate these components to parallel processes in the creation of a novel. Munteanu also intersperses exercises throughout the book to make the lessons more interactive--I wish there had been more.
Although aimed at the writing student, this is a handy book for the emerging or mature writer as well, as it is a great resource to refresh one's memory on every aspect of the writing process. In particular, I found the sections on archetypes, metaphors, scenes and sequels, sensory detail and voice to be very useful.
Some older maxims were reinforced in more refined or humorous terms as well:
* Write what you know inside
* Proof read backwards
* Live, then write, then live again
* The Beatles song "Paperback Writer" as a how-not-to write a query letter
* Add how many more books you have inside you, in the query letter
I feel that the book, given its conciseness, sometimes strays into areas where it shouldn't go, as the subject matter in those sections is vast and all Munteanu does is dip her foot in the water: grammar being one. Being a science fiction writer, she also draws examples heavily from that genre and I would like to see more balance with mainstream fiction.
Despite letting her sources do most of the talking, Munteanu is most powerful when her own voice intrudes, in the section on the Muse for example, and when she opens herself to us to see her rejection letters--that takes courage and binds us poor scribblers in a symbiotic relationship with this author.
And to crown it all off, in the last chapter, "The Zen of Passionate Writing", Munteanu hands off to Auschwitz survivor Victor Frankl, who reminds us that, "Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself..." What a noble observation to surround ourselves with as we ply our trade in solitude and isolation!
I am keeping this book my desk as I plunge into the writing of my next chapter...
(Shane Joseph is the author of Redemption in Paradise) Redemption in Paradise
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.