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How I Write: Secrets of a Best-Selling Author | [Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof]

How I Write: Secrets of a Best-Selling Author

Written with nonfiction author and creative-writing teacher Ina Yalof, and with help from daughter Alex Evanovich, How I Write is the perfect guide for anyone looking to strengthen his or her writing - and for those who want to find out just what makes Janet Evanovich tick.
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Publisher's Summary

Written with nonfiction author and creative-writing teacher Ina Yalof, and with help from daughter Alex Evanovich, How I Write is the perfect guide for anyone looking to strengthen his or her writing - and for those who want to find out just what makes Janet Evanovich tick.

How I Write explains:

  • Just how Janet thinks up those hair-raising plots
  • Techniques on revising and editing
  • What the life of a full-time writer is really like
  • What she'd tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry
  • And much, much more!

©2006 Evanovich, Inc (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    Debra Lompoc, CA, USA 09-29-06
    Debra Lompoc, CA, USA 09-29-06
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    "GREAT MOTIVATION"

    I have been working on a book for a while now and had lost most of my motivation to continue. Listening to this (in the mornings during my commute) has encouraged me to get back on track.
    I love Janet's books and now having the insight into her thought processes enhances the experience even that much more !

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Byers Indianapolis, IN USA 02-01-07
    Tim Byers Indianapolis, IN USA 02-01-07 Listener Since 1999
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    "Great tips, Great examples"

    I've never read or listened to any of Janet's books, and this was nonetheless a great listen. She weaves her own reflections with those of her agent (I think) and her daughter, who manages her website, to discuss not only writing, but publishing, and issues around both. She includes samples of her writing to illustrate what she's talking about. So while I'm sure the Janet fans enjoyed this, any aspiring writer will too. ...And if you like this, you'll love Stephen King's book, On Writing, too.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-13-07
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Okay FAQ"

    Evanovich has some interesting insights into the process of writing. I particularly enjoyed learing about the development of her characters. The book however, is basically a FAQ from her website.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Midlothian, VA, United States 12-03-11
    Greg Midlothian, VA, United States 12-03-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good writing advice, but kind of Q&A style"

    Evanovich shares her experience as a writer through a mechanism of answering write-in questions. There's not a lot of substance here. Most of this advice has been given by others. If you're an aspiring writer or Evanovich fan, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tink Orlando, FL 03-24-11
    Tink Orlando, FL 03-24-11
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    "A Great Resource"

    I had never read a Janet Evanovich book, but I'd like to write so I purchased this item. It held my attention with humor and provided me with the answers to my questions about writing and publishing a book that I thought I'd never get answered. This book provided more information than any other book on writing I have purchased so I consider it a great resource.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 02-16-10
    Henry 02-16-10
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    "I really can learn from others!"

    I loved this book. It was witty and technically sophisticated. It spoke to both halves of my brain. In the first two chapters I picked up two really valuable pointers about plot and character development that I have already put to good use. Further, I know that as I continue to write and to review my writing that I will find many more cogent and timely jewels in this book. I highly recommend it to everyone -- be they a beginner, someone looking for a publishing house manuscript in hand, or Dan Brown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 01-20-15
    Reader 01-20-15

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    "Narrator voice grating"

    I listen to a lot of audio books most have nice soothing voices and are pleasant to listen to but I could hardly listen to this narrator she had a high pitch gravel like voice. I cant even describe it. It was so irritating I couldn't really concentrate on the content.

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    Kelly L. Smith North America 01-07-15
    Kelly L. Smith North America 01-07-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Straight Forward & Down-To-Earth"

    I love genre fiction and this book showcases some of the life, learnings, and anecdotes of one of genre fiction's best selling authors. I would recommend this to "serious" literary writers and readers, but it really is geared towards those who enjoy reading and writing genre fiction.

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    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 05-07-12
    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "How I Write: Secrets of a Best-Selling Author"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Ina Yalof and/or the narrators?

    I love her novels but would not try another one about how she writes...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Personal background was intersting.


    Do you think How I Write needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - there really wasn't much helpful info in this one, as the book title sounds like it would be geared for budding authors to read. While it was entertainging, there weren't large passages of helpful ideas or suggestions - mostly anectodes. Fun, but not what I hoped for.


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    Ralph Newberry, SC, United States 11-09-11
    Ralph Newberry, SC, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2013

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    "writing secrets"

    Jannet write from the point of view of an author of adult fiction for women. It's a great introduction to writing and a nice easy listen. I didn't feel like I learned anything new, but it was nice to have her confirm what I already new.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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