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    DescriptionIF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages. "The First Five Pages" reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as * A weak opening hook * Overuse of adjectives and adverbs * Flat or forced metaphors or similes * Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue * Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings * Uneven pacing and lack of progression With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. "The First Five Pages" will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher -- and more successful -- level.

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    The First Five Pages: a Writer's Guide for Staying out of the Rejection Pile
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Noah Lukeman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780684857435
    ISBN 10: 068485743X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Merchandise Category: REF
    B&T General Subject: 680
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 06
    DC21: 808.02
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24870
    DC22: 808.02
    BISAC V2.8: LAN014000, REF015000
    BIC subject category V2: CBV
    BISAC V2.8: REF026000
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    BISAC V2.8: LAN002000
    DC22: 808/.02
    B&T Approval Code: A23253000
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    LC classification: PN218 .L85 2000
    Edition statement
    Original ed.
    Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company)
    Imprint name
    Prentice Hall & IBD
    Publication date
    25 January 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Hemel Hempstead
    Author Information
    Noah Lukeman is a literary agent based in New York City whose clients include Pulitzer Prize nominees, "New York Times" bestselling authors, Pushcart Prize recipients and American Book Award winners. Prior to becoming an agent, he worked on the editorial side of several major publishing companies. He has been a guest speaker on the subjects of writing and publishing at forums conducted by numerous organizations, including the Writer's Voice, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Wallace Stegner writing program at Stanford University.
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    Richard Marek Editorial Director of "Kirkus Reviews" and former book publisher Intelligent and entertaining instruction...it should be read by all novice writers -- and by those books are already published but who intend to write more.