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Finding a literary agent: Q&A with Mark Gottlieb

Today we’re glad to interview literary agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. Mark shares his insights into the process and benefits of finding a literary agent, the factors that influence publishers’ manuscript choices, and more.  Primary factors in publishers’ manuscript choices Q: As an agent at TMG, you’ve seen numerous authors close publishing deals. What […]

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Mahi Wasfy’s ‘In the Heart of Cairo’: Now Novel author interview

Mahi Wasfy, a writer and early childhood educator, recently completed Now Novel’s author coaching process and finished writing her book, ‘In The Heart of Cairo’. We asked Mahi to share her experiences and insights into writing a book from start to finish:  Now Novel: Tell us a bit about your yourself and your book: What drove you […]

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How to write a book title: 5 simple steps

Knowing how to write a book title that intrigues readers is key to gaining your audience’s attention. Try these five steps to choosing a title for your novel: Step 1: Study successful books’ titles to learn how effective titles work Step 2: Examine your novel’s themes for title ideas Step 3: Become familiar with popular title structures Step 4: […]

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How to become a writer: 10 successful author secrets

Do you dream of being published and growing a loyal and dedicated audience? This takes time and perseverance, but here are 10 (open) secrets relating to how to become a writer: 1: Successful writers draw on their lives and surroundings Aspiring authors often have the impression that they need high concepts. There needs to be the possibility of […]

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How many words are in a novel? Finding the right book length

How many words are in a novel, on average? It’s a question aspiring authors often ask. Book lengths vary widely. Every now and then a true doorstopper is published. Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (which runs to 928 pages) is one example. Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy (published in 1993) runs to a whopping 1349 pages, with […]

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How to write a book synopsis better: 9 tips

Writing a book synopsis involves creating a summary that gives the reader a sweeping overview of the central plot events and the specific appeal of a story. The word ‘synopsis’ comes from the Greek prefix ‘sun-‘ (meaning ‘together’) and ‘-opsis‘ (‘seeing’). So a synopsis is literally a way to  ‘see together’ all the strands of […]

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Genres of writing: How to choose your story’s vehicle

Genres of writing serve multiple purposes. Classifying a book by genre signals to potential readers whether your story fits their reading interests. When a book has an identifiable genre, publishers can also market it to the right readers more effectively. Here are some reasons why you need to identify a genre for your book and some […]

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Make a story stand out: Market-ready writing

A big part of building an audience for your fiction is knowing how to make a story stand out in a crowded market. There is so much advice that says write ‘what you know’ and ‘write what you love’. But you also can’t ignore the market entirely, especially if you dream of being a publishing success. […]

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Story writing websites: 151 of the best

While there are some excellent books on writing a  novel, the web is also filled with terrific story writing websites. Here are 151 of the very best writing websites, and they’re organised for you by subject and genre. They’ll help you when you start using the Now Novel process to fine-tune your novel idea and […]

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