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    Janet Evanovich(Author),Ina Yalof(Author)

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How many people would kill to be a bestselling novelist? Especially one like Janet Evanovich.Writers want to know how a bestselling author thinks, writes, plans, and dreams her books. And they are primed for a book from Janet Evanovich that tells, in a witty Q&A format:
• How she comes up with such remarkable characters
• How she nails the perfect name every time
• How she finds out insider details
• Just how she sets up those masterful plots
• What the life of a full-time writer is really like
• What she’d tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry
• And much, much more!

This book details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction—from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection. And it combines one of today’s most successful fiction writers with a published non-fiction writer who teaches creative fiction. HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, and for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.

Much of the advice Evanovich offers here can be found in numerous sources. What you can't find in most writers' guides is her inimitable voice and a wealth of examples taken from her wildly popular series starring the intrepid bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum. Cowriter Yalof covers some of the basics, but the draw here, naturally, is Evanovich's commentary, along with answers to questions readers have sent to her Web site. (When asked how to get over the embarrassment inherent in writing sex scenes, Evanovich notes she finds "a couple of glasses of cheap champagne and a bucketful of M&Ms to be helpful, but, hey, that's just me.") Along with substantial advice about point of view, exposition, and dialogue, fans get behind-the-scenes info about the Plum novels (Evanovich blew up a car in her first book because she wanted to sell it to the movies, and she had so much fun that she has been blowing them up ever since). Despite the best-selling author's willingness to share how she does it, readers shouldn't expect the same results. Not many can find the right combination of laugh-out-loud high jinks and ingeniously wrought thrills. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. “No less than her plotting, Evanovich’s characterizations are models of screwball artistry. The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists.” —The New York Times“Evanovich’s series is as addictive as Fritos—and...not losing any of its salty crunch… Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies.”—People“Plum is one of fiction’s most irresistible heroines.”—Seattle Post Intelligencer“Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction.”—Bookpage“Evanovich is brilliantly evocative.”—Denver Post

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  • By Tulipslip on June 27, 2017

    There are no secrets here. This is just a big advertisement for her bounty hunter series. Janet just goes on and on about her characters ad nauseam. Yes, characters are important, but she doesn't include any wider information. She just talks about the backstory on a few characters found in her books. Tremendously disappointed I blew ten bucks on this book. Should have bough Big Little Lies instead. At least I'd have fun reading something!

  • By A. Smith on June 29, 2016

    I really enjoyed this book, especially the parts about how Janet's career got started (not early, not quickly, and not easily). She persevered and experimented until she found her niche. Her family sounds incredibly supportive and helpful -- I'm jealous!The writing tips were all sound and to the point, but this is not a manual. It is, however, a good supplement to more technical how-to-write books, and a good guide for genre fiction writers.This book was published a decade ago, and at the time the author was not a fan of self-publishing. I would love to hear her views on how the market has changed in the time since she wrote that, and whether she would advise beginning authors differently now.

  • By John on October 9, 2015

    This isn't some technical engineering breakdown of the art of writing by any means, but it is good conversation about how one very successful writer goes about her business of putting story ideas to work. In the usual Evanovich style, it's done in an entertaining manner that will make you smile while you mull over the writing topics being discussed. Excerpts from Janet's best selling Stephanie Plum series are used as examples of various story building parts. All in all, it's worth a read.

  • By Ava/SP on May 17, 2014

    Thank you so much for such an inspirational book. Many of your encouragements resonated deeply with me. I liked that you covered the writing process from ideas to publishing. I am an indie author, but enjoyed learning about the traditional publishing path. I have read all your Plum novels and love them. Even though they are the reason I have been forbidden to read in bed anymore. Waking up the hubby by laughing is a no-no! Thanks again!

  • By Karin on November 17, 2008

    I love reading Evanovich's books; so when I found out that she has written a how-to book on writing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. The very first page grabbed me with her essential rules, and made me laugh aloud. I was guilty. After that, I could not put it down. :DThis book is written in Evanovich's usual style, and she answers so many questions that I have always had regarding publishing a book. She goes through her system of writing, the actual parts of a story and how you may want to write them, and then on to the actual publishing world.Ina Yolaf gives you the more technical details of writing, and also her insight into the writing world as well. You feel like she is a good friend helping you out, and she is a good balance to Janet's lighter side.Lastly, Janet's daughter Alex is also a big part of this book as well. She is Janet's web-master, and has kept track of the Q&A's over the years for her mom. She gives you internet savvy advice in trying to get your name out there.Overall, this is a fun and easy book to read. It actually made me pull out my file of book ideas and get started. I have already gone back to parts of this book as a reference, and hope to actually write something good enough to publish one day. :DThank you ladies for writing this book, I really appreciate it.KB

  • By S. Wells on June 17, 2014

    Janet has shared facts about her writing life 'How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.' Sharing the good and the bad; she entertains us with stories of showing up to a closed book store signing, buying the limo driver a cake, trips to the store for ?I think it was cheese doodles?. Just as you would think, she is a real person, with a real life and a dedication to continue entertaining us, and sometimes reminding us that we all have idiosyncrasies, as well as good days and bad. The facts are here also. She covers: how to format your manuscript, create that dreaded query letter, and overcome writer's block. It is entertaining and informative. I highly recommend it.

  • By eclecticCritiques on December 15, 2013

    You gotta LOVE this woman's mind. Chick books, but my brother recommended her to me as did Longridge Writers Group to study writing style: show me, don't tell me. This book tells how she writes. Interesting.Evanovich is probably one of the best contemporary writers in showing for her genre.WARNING: Don't read these books in public unless you are willing to totally humiliate yourself in hysterical laughter!

  • By R. Roll on June 19, 2015

    I've been a Janet Evanovich fan for years. It was interesting to get some insight into her thoughts on her profession. Not a 'must have' for anyone but if you're looking for a little background into the author or have questions on writing/plotting/publishing a book it's worth the price of admission.


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