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How Not to Write a Novel


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Sandra Newman is the author of The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (HarperCollins) and the forthcoming Cake (Random House). She currently teaches writing classes and her fiction, essays, talks, and reviews have appeared in Harper's, Granta, on BBC's Radio 4, and in literary journals. Howard Mittelmark worked as an agent at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, bought and edited fiction for Penthouse, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers and the upcoming Age of Consent (Penguin). His book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kirkus Reviews, and Writer's Digest.


"[A] hilarious, wickedly observed and deeply useful guide."--The Observer, review by Kate Saunders
"The teaching of creative writing just entered a whole new era with the publication of How Not to Write a Novel. Heavens, what a joy this book is...."--Lynne Truss
This writing how-to should carry a warning: it's the kind of book one reads at the expense of other responsibilities....a surprisingly distinctive approach within the crowded category of novel-writing guides.--Library Journal
"Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark have produced an invaluable guide."--The Independent
Authors and editors Mittlemark and Newman identify writing pitfalls in each aspect of novel writing.... A great resource, this tongue-in-cheek guide is a fun read with a lot of solid advice for would-be novelists.--Publishers Weekly

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