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How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a Mid-List Author

David Armstrong

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ISBN 10: 0749006803 / ISBN 13: 9780749006808
Published by Allison & Busby, 2003
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a ...

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Every week, agents and publishers receive hundreds of manuscripts from would-be authors. Of these, less than one percent will make it into print. David Armstrong was one of the lucky ones -- his first crime novel plucked from the slush pile and published to acclaim. But it rapidly became clear to Armstrong that being a published novelist is not always as glamorous as it seems from the outside. There are the depressing, ill-attended readings, the bitchy writers’ conventions, and the bookshops that have never heard of you and don’t stock your book. All of these will be familiar to any writer who, like Armstrong, falls into the category euphemistically known in publishing as ‘mid-list’. The reality is that for every J K Rowling there are 1,000 David Armstrongs; for every writer who is put up in a five-star hotel and flies first class courtesy of their publisher there are 1,000 who sleep on friends’ floors during book tours and dine at highway service stations...

Witty, acerbic and wise, "How Not To Write A Novel" lifts the lid on publishing. From agents to editors, publicists to sales reps, it explains the publishing process - and how to survive it - from the point of view of a non-bestselling writer. A unique book, it is essential reading for anyone who dreams of getting their novel published - and for anyone curious about the inside workings of the publishing game.

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David Armstrong lives in Shropshire, England. His first novel was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Best First Crime Novel and since then his work has continued to receive critical acclaim.

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