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Drawing upon twenty-eight years of experience as the CEO and editorial director of St Martin's Press, Thomas McCormack gives practical guidance about how to plan, write, and revise a novel. A standard reference for editors since its first publication in 1988, The Fiction Editor has also become popular with writers because McCormack's advice is constructive at every step of the creative process. From individual word choice right up to the overarching effect of the work as a whole, he details how to structure the novel, choose the characters, drive the story, diagnose narrative ailments, and find and apply specific remedies. In this revised second edition, McCormack takes advantage of almost two decades of additional experience to clarify and expand on what he has learned.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781589880306
ISBN-10: 1589880307
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Paul Dry Books, Inc
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Thomas McCormack

Thomas McCormack was the CEO and Editorial Director of St. Martin's Press for 28 years. He personally edited authors as diverse as James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small) and Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs). In 1997 he left the book world to write plays. He also wrote "The Cheerful Skeptic" column for PW for 2 years.