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Your First Novel

In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as:* How to best structure your research so that you can save time later * How to card your story before you start writing * What to consider when developing your cast of characters * How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas ...and insider information on what it takes to get published, including: * What agents do at those three-hour power lunches-and how it affects you * What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript * How to correctly translate submission guidelines * What happens if you get multiple offers-or no offers at all Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others!
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About the Author

Ann Rittenberg started the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency in 1992, representing literary fiction, upmarket thrillers, and serious narrative nonfiction. Rittenberg works in New York, where she serves on the board of the AAR. Laura Whitcomb has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards.

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