Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Books n' Stuff
Playing on iTunes: "Question" by Old 97's (This, btw, only the most romantic two minute song you will ever hear in your life!!)
I just finished a brilliant NF book that every writer should give a once over. "The First Five Pages" by Noah Lukeman tells you, not what you should do to get published, but exactly what you shouldn't do....and in order of importance!! It is, basically a detailed checklist of everything an author should avoid if he or she is seeking publication. I know, I know...you're going to say how there are tons of books out there who already do this. Let me tell you, though...Mr.Lukeman does it with flare!!! It was entertaining from beginning to end. I had to restrain myself from jumping from my lounging position to begin editing right away.
Honestly, I couldn't recommend this book any more!! It is brilliant and entertaining and most definitely got me motivated even more, to get in print. GO GET THIS BOOK, NOW!!!! You really won't regret it. Amazon let's you take a peak inside (follow the link in the first paragraph), and has used copies! Check it out.
*It should also be noted that everything he suggests writers do, should be applied to the entire manuscript and not just the first five pages. I don't think agents would be too; chapter pleased to find a magnificent partial....followed by a full manuscript in which the author can't seem to use the right "there" after chapter three.
Also you guys should check out the Debs for two reasons!!
1) They really do have some awesome posts. Check out their recent discussions on "THE CALL"!! Very inspiring, and funny in some cases!!
2) THEY ARE GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF!!! (Follow the link for the post.)