The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art and Business of Fiction

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The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success

From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing.

Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing techniques like idea generation, outlining, character development, and the use of black comedic moments and magic realism, as well as essential business-related topics like getting an agent, self-promotion, crafting a bestseller, the ins and outs of a successful author tour, and much more.

With lively instruction, innovative writing tips, and original exercises, The Constant Art of Being a Writer is a guide you can count on every step of the way.

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N.M. Kelby is the author of the recently released Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), Whale Season (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), Theater of the Stars (Theia/Hyperion), and In the Company of Angels (Theia/Hyperion). Named "Outstanding Southern Artist" by The Southern Arts Federation, her work has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club. Her short stories have appeared in many publications including One Story and Zoetrope. Her story "Jubilation, Florida" was selected for National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, and later recorded by actress Joanne Woodward for the NPR CD Travel Tales, and included in New Stories from the South: Best of 2006 (Algonquin Books). She is working on the film version of Whale Season with actor/singer Dwight Yoakam. She lives in Sarasota, Florida, and her Web site is www.nmkelby.com

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"Pow! An astonishing book, a book of importance and urgency for anyone who is serious about making a living at writing. Don't wait, don't stall, don't browse. Buy a copy right now." -- Seth Godin, author of Tribes

"N.M. Kelby's fiction is filled with flights of fancy, by turns whimsical and stirring, but it's always solidly grounded in characters with easily recognizable personalities. Her advice for aspiring writers comes from the same wellspring of compassionate realism, establishing a framework that can help you organize your life around your creative dreams one day a time." -- Ron Hogan, Beatrice.com

"To be a successful author in the twenty-first century, you need a plan and a process, you need to know the mechanics of writing and the ins and outs of the business, and you need hope and talent. If you have the talent, then The Constant Art of Being A Writer: The Life, the Art & the Business of Fiction supplies the rest. Buy it, read it, then make space for it on your desk--you'll want it near you whenever you are working." -- Daren Wang, editor of VERB

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