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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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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.