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Flogging the Quill: Crafting a Novel that Sells

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Flogging the Quill is a one-book remedy for a host of beginning novelist ailments, a tune-up for published authors, and a resource for editors. Rich with advice and coaching from editor/author Ray Rhamey, Flogging the Quill’s primary focus is to lift a novel manuscript to a publishable, professional level. The book’s sections cover storytelling, determining what drives a p ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by Flogging The Quill (first published May 8th 2009)
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I learned so much from reading this book! After reading just the first couple of chapters, I was ready to go back and revise all the short stories I have written and haven't been able to publish. The best part about this book, however, are the examples. They really drive the author's point home and make the lessons memorable. This is something I will be returning to again and again as I work on any future stories or novels.
If you're writing a book, this is a very useful reference to have. I was hoping to swap for it but finally broke down and bought a new copy and I'm not sorry. I've been through it in its entirety several times.

Bonus: if you buy the book the author will critique the first chapter of a prospective novel!
Harlow Drake
I really liked this book. I especially liked the straight-forward way the author presented the information. I'm editing my manuscript now using many of the suggestions in this book. I feel more knowledgeable and confident in my writing. Definitely worth a read if you're a writer.
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