Writing the Blockbuster Novel

Writing the Blockbuster Novel

Book - 2016 | First Forge edition., New and expanded edition.
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Albert Zuckerman, legendary literary agent, has worked with many bestselling authors, including Ken Follett, Olivia Goldsmith, Antoinette Van Heugten, Michael Lewis, and F. Paul Wilson. Zuckerman is a master at teaching writers the skills necessary to crack the bestseller list.

For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel , Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts's The Witness , which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points. Zuckerman's commentary on Ken Follett's working outlines for The Man From St. Petersburg provide a blueprint for building links between plot and character. A new introduction discusses social media and self-publishing.

Writing the Blockbuster Novel is an essential tool for any aspiring author. As Dan Brown said in an interview: "Not long ago, I had an amusing experience meeting the author of a book I received as a gift nearly two decades ago a book that in many ways changed my life. I was halfway through writing my first novel when I was given a copy of Writing the Blockbuster Novel . [Zuckerman's] book helped me complete my manuscript and get it published. [When] I met Mr. Zuckerman for the first time. I gratefully told him that he had helped me. He jokingly replied that he planned to tell everyone that he had helped me write The Da Vinci Code ."

Publisher: New York, NY : Forge, [2016]
Edition: First Forge edition., New and expanded edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780765382467
Branch Call Number: 808.3 ZUCKERM
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 27, 2013

The book is well structured and does a very good job of analyzing other books to show you how it's done.

Particularly useful were the multiple revisions that the outline of Ken Follett's book A MAN FROM ST. PETERSBERG went through.

You can really see the evolution of the book from a mildly engaging book to a great thriller.

Jun 03, 2013

It had some good information, if you haven't read other books on writing this might be more helpful. I have read about 20 books on writing and so this one seemed to be a little more watered down than others.


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