Do you envision celestial cities in distant, fantastic worlds? Do you dream of mythical beasts and gallant quests in exotic kingdoms? If you have ever wanted to write the next great fantasy or science fiction story, this all-in-one comprehensive book will show you how. "Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction" is full of advice from master authors offering definitive instructions on world building, character creation, and storytelling in the many styles and possibilities available to writers of speculative fiction.
Combining two Writer's Digest classics, Orson Scott Card's "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy" and "The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference," along with two new selections from award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors Philip Athans and Jay Lake, this new book provides the best of all worlds. You'll discover: How to build, populate, and dramatize fantastic new worlds.How to develop dynamic and meaningful themes that will expand the cannon of sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.Exciting subgenres such as steampunk, as well as new developments in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.How to imbue your tales with historically accurate information about world cultures, legends, folklore, and religions.Detailed descriptions of magic rituals, fantastic weapons of war, clothing and armor, and otherworldly beasts such as orcs, giants, elves, and more.How societies, villages, and castles were constructed and operate on a day-to-day basis.Astounding methods of interstellar travel, the rules of starflight, and the realities and myths of scientific exploration.How to generate new ideas and graft them to the most popular themes and plot devices in sci-fi and fantasy writing. The boundaries of your imagination are infinite, but to create credible and thrilling fiction, you must ground your stories in rules, facts, and accurate ideas. "Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction" will guide you through the complex and compelling universe of fantasy and science fiction writing and help you unleash your stories on the next generation of readers and fans.
Vivid and memorable characters aren't born they have to be made
This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination.
Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options--the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.
You'll learn how to:
Discover Your Voice and Enthrall Readers
The craft of writing is filled with various debates: Should I include a prologue? Should I delete all adverbs from my manuscript? Just how much backstory--if any--can I include in my story? These questions--and their often-contradictory answers--can cause confusion, frustration, and even paralysis in the writer.
The Irresistible Novel frees you from the limits of so-called "rules" and instead provides you with a singular goal: You must engage your readers from beginning to end. Filled with down-to-earth discussions on the various debates of writing, as well as innovative research on neuroscience and reader response, this book shows you how to:
Excel at editing
The editor's job encompasses much more than correcting commas and catching typos. Your chief mission is to help writers communicate effectively--which is no small feat. Whether you edit books, magazines, newspapers, or online publications, your ability to develop clear, concise, and focused writing is the key to your success.
"The Editor's Companion" is an invaluable guide to honing your editing skills. You'll learn about editing for: CONTENT: Analyze and develop writing that is appealing and appropriate for the intended audience.FOCUS: Ensure strong beginnings and satisfying endings, and stick with one subject at a time.PRECISE LANGUAGE: Choose the right words, the right voice, and the right tense for every piece.GRAMMAR: Recognize common mistakes in punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure--and learn how to avoid them. You'll also find valuable editing resources and checklists, advice on editorial relationships and workflow, and real-life samples of editing with explanations of what was changed and why. "The Editor's Companion" provides the tools you need to pursue high quality in editing, writing, and publishing--every piece, every time.
Master Your Craft, Sell Your Work
For more than eighty years, the "Writer's Market" series has provided the timeless advice and detailed instruction writers have come to depend on to achieve their goals. "The Craft & Business of Writing" offers the best of that instruction from award-winning writers such as M.J. Rose, Lee K. Abbott, Alyce Miller, Fred Marchant, Jennifer Crusie, Megan McCafferty, Gary Provost, Monica Wood, and Deborah Hopkinson.
In this book, writers, agents, and editors offer their insights into every genre and facet of the publishing industry, so whether you write fiction, nonfiction, children's books, or poetry - or a little of everything - this essential all-in-one reference includes everything you need to start and maintain your writing career.
To hone your craft and increase your skill as a writer, you'll find solid advice on how to: Craft intricate plots and nuanced charactersImprove the pace and veracity of your dialogueWrite in rhyme, or with appropriate meter To successfully market yourself and sell your work, you'll learn how to: Find and work with an agentNegotiate contracts and collaborate with editorsTest and submit article ideas
No matter what your skill level or area of creative interest, "The Craft & Business of Writing" is an invaluable addition to your reference library.
The Source for Book Proposals Success
"How to Write a Book Proposal" is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposalChoose the best agents and editors for a particular proposalCreate a professional-looking proposal packagePredispose publishers to make their best offer
Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including: Recent changes in the publishing industryUpdated trend informationNew sample proposalsExpanded instructions for creating outlines
You'll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. "How to Write a Book Proposal" is a must-have for every writer
Transform Your Blog into a Book
The world of blogging changes rapidly, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to share your work with an eager audience. In fact, you can purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book--one that agents and publishers will want to acquire or that you can self-publish successfully.
How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that increases your chances of attracting a publisher and maximizing your visibility and authority as an author.
In this revised edition you'll find:
If you want to write a book that's going to sell to both publishers and readers, you need to know how to produce a marketable work and help it become successful. It starts the moment you have an idea. That's when you begin thinking about the first elements of the business plan that will make your project the best it can be.
The reality is that you don't want to spend time and energy writing a book that will never get read. The way to avoid that is to create a business plan for your book, and evaluate it (and yourself) through the same lens that an agent or acquisitions editor would. The Author Training Manual will show you how to get more creative and start looking at your work with those high standards in mind.
Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, or intend to publish traditionally or self-publish, author Nina Amir will teach you how to conduct an effective competitive analysis for your work and do a better job at delivering the goods to readers than similar books that are already on the shelf.
Packed with step-by-step instructions, idea evaluations, sample business plans, editor and agent commentaries, and much more, The Author Training Manual provides the information you need to transform from aspiring writer to career author.
How to Blog a Book teaches you how to create a blog book with a well-honed and uniquely angled subject and targeted posts--and how to build the audience necessary to convince agents and publishers to make your blog into a book.
Inside you'll find:
Know the pros and cons of self-publishing and get your work in print
Thinking about self-publishing your book? This no-nonsense guide walks you through the entire process of going it alone, from preparing your manuscript and creating the perfect title to selling the final product. You'll see how to obtain an ISBN, work with printers and distributors, create a buzz with publicity, and take advantage of electronic publishing.
Discover how to
* Start your own publishing company
* Edit your work effectively
* Design and format your book
* Hire skilled professionals to help
* Manage outside vendors
* Build awareness for your book online