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Authors: Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy
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So you want to write a novel? Great! But is that all you want to do? After
all, anybody can type a bunch of words and call it a novel. The trick is
writing one that’s good enough to get published. This book is for fiction writers who want to write an excellent novel and get it published. That’s a tough,
demanding goal, but it’s entirely doable if you tackle it intelligently.
If you’re going to write a novel, you need to get your head fully into the game.
That means making a game plan that’s a proven winner and then executing
your game plan. After you have a plan, you need writing (and rewriting)
skills — lots of them. Writing fiction means developing a raft of technical
skills, both strategic and tactical. None of these steps are hard, but they’re
a lot easier to pick up when you have some guidance.
After you’ve written a great novel, whether you choose to get an agent or
make the deal yourself, selling a strong story is about making the right connections with the right people at the right time.
Our goal in this book is to take you from being a writer to being an author. We
have every confidence that you can do it, and this chapter explains how. It
can happen — and it will happen — if you have the talent and persistence to
do what you need to do.