Since we’ve been talking about pitching and beginnings this week, I want to point out a few books by the inestimable Noah Lukeman. He’s a literary agent, and his books are the next best thing to sitting in a room with an agent giving you the scoop.
First, How to Write a Great Query Letter. Just what it says. And it’s free!
Another freebie: How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent.
For those struggling with the opening of their novel: The First Five Pages will help you figure out exactly what to do to start your story off right. In fact, i need to go re-read this now…
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life focuses on character development – often the most elusive thing for a writer to grasp. For a story to leap off the page, the reader has to identify with and care about the characters, but it is easier said than done. This book gives great, succinct advice.
He also has A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation for those who struggle with using punctuation effectively. It really is given less than its due, because learning effective punctuation can liven up your prose and make you a more effective communicator, no matter what you write.
Check them out, and let me know what you think!
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