The First Five Pages: a Writer's Guide for Staying out of the Rejection Pile

The First Five Pages: a Writer's Guide for Staying out of the Rejection Pile

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By (author) Noah Lukeman

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 25 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Hemel Hempstead
  • ISBN 10: 068485743X
  • ISBN 13: 9780684857435
  • Edition statement: Original ed.
  • Sales rank: 95,929

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IF 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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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.