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In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher.

To write is a verb. That's an action word. No more procrastination.

Almost everybody thinks they have a book in them or dreams of seeing their name on a front cover, but not everyone knows how to go about it. Sharing all she's learned so far, Fiona McIntosh, one of Australia's most successful commercial authors, shows you how to get started and, even more importantly, how to finish.

In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher.

Chock-full of insider's advice on what makes a bestselling general fiction author, this invaluable resource will equip the newcomer to novel writing with the tools to finish your first draft within a year. If you have a tough hide and a philosophical attitude – as well as a damn strong work ethic – you can make writing fiction your career.

'This rare good book on how to set about writing a popular novel is compulsory reading. Fiona McIntosh is top of the pops.' Bryce Courtenay, at his final Masterclass
'[McIntosh's] claims are bold but never overoptimistic.' The Saturday Age

'McIntosh's examples and the exercises she sets in this interesting insight into gaining a foothold in commercial fiction are an eye-opener. And she is more than qualified to take on the role of mentor.' Gold Coast Bulletin

Reviews

'Fiona has written fantasy, crime, magical realism, young adult and bunch of pre- and post-war historical fiction, all of them very popular. In fact I've been hand-selling her fantasy books for the last ten years. It's fair to say she knows her stuff. If you've any writing aspirations at all, this is for you.'

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Stefen, bookseller at Stefens Books

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'Everyone, do buy this book! I'm a die-hard Masterclasser who holds an almost creepy degree of adoration and disbelief for Fiona and the magic she weaves in her Masterclasses and her Business of Writing Weekends. She always delivers to a degree I would never have thought possible and this book is certain to be no exception. I will be buying it the moment it hits the shelves on 27th May.'

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Dianne Maguire, author of What Matters Most

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'This is the best 'How To' book I've read, and the only one I've devoured from cover to cover.'

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Renee Hammond

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'Any aspiring genre writer is likely to find this book helpful.' Saturday Age

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143572381

    May 27, 2015

    Penguin

    272 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook

    9781760140571

    April 23, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    180 pages

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