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By Elizabeth Lyon

The second one booklet within the Writer's Compass sequence from specialist writing teacher Elizabeth Lyon deals either aspiring and proven authors the basics of writing and promoting a good novel or brief tale. as well as the fundamentals of characterization, plot, pacing, and subject matter, A Writer's consultant to Fiction additionally contains a plan for revising fiction, a advisor to advertising, samples of canopy and question letters, and strategies of honing the writing craft.

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About the Author

Larry Brooks is a seriously acclaimed best-selling writer of six mental thrillers (including Darkness certain, strain issues, Serpents Dance and others), as well as his paintings as a contract author and writing teacher. he's the writer and editor of Storyfix. com, one of many best educational writing websites on the net. His site is www. storyfix. com.

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