The Sunday Times review
by Lynne Truss
The teaching of creative writing just entered a whole new era with the publication of How Not to Write a Novel. Heavens, what a joy this book is.
In “How Not to Write a Novel” two young American writers, Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark, aiming identify 200 mistakes made by unpublished fiction writers. The works is make in very funny way picking illustrations examples.
Those are qualified to write this book for yours experience in publishing market. Available and teaching unpublished writers.
Same of yours indication are like there:
“Novels are seldom rejected because the characters are described too well.” “When there is a plan, things cannot go according to it.” “In most novels a pet should have about as high a profile as an armchair.” “Heroes should not masturbate or ogle strangers in the first three chapters.”
For me the book seems like a self-help writer guide and like those I’m not much interested in it. But, who is: “How NOT to Write a Novel” by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark. From the introduction to How Not to Write A Novel:
Dying to get published
"Unpublished authors often cite the case of John Kennedy Toole, who, unable to find a publisher for his novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, took his own life. Thereafter, his mother relentlessly championed the book, which was eventually published to great acclaim and earned him a posthumous Pulitzer prize for fiction.
Yes, we say, that is a strategy, but it is a strategy that demands a remarkable level of commitment from the author's mother, and an even greater commitment from the author. And, of course, it puts a serious crimp in the book tour. But even more to the point, it will work only if you have in fact written a masterpiece that awaits only the further enlightenment of the publishing industry and the reading public to receive the treatment it deserves.
If this is the case, we are no good to you. If there is, however, any chance that your writing could stand some improvement, we can help."
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