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No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells
No More Rejections 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells Author:Alice Orr, A. Orr It's often said that "rejection is a part of the writing business," and aspiring writers are advised to learn to live with being rejected again and again. Not anymore! With the invaluable hints in No More Rejections, readers will learn how to turn "No" into "Yes." Successful literary agent, author, and former editor Alice Orr combines lesson... more »s on craft with lessons on marketing to create a series of tips and techniques that help writers think about their book's marketability while they write it. Chapters feature lessons on: *Scoping out salable story ideas *Creating compelling characters *Writing an opening sentence that sizzles *Crafting sex scenes that satisfy *And more! From writing the story itself to writing the pitch that sells the story, this book has it all!« less
While this book definitely has things to recommend it, it's also just another list of rules. While I can empathize with an agent who undoubtedly gets far too many submissions from writers who don't know the basic rules, making more rules (she calls them "secrets") isn't going to help. There's really nothing here that isn't in any other dozen books on writing, though I will say her exercises are more interesting than most of what you find in writing manuals.