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Publisher's Summary

From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written 16 published books, and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They've both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Patsy Collins & Rosemary J. Kind (P)2017 Patsy Collins & Rosemary J. Kind

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  • Erin
  • Millers Creek, NC, United States
  • 09-17-17

Good Advice for Writers

I found this to be full of easy-to-follow advice and exercises. I especially thought the exercises were what made the whole thing worth the listen and creditworthy. I do feel like parts of it would have been better in print, but having a notebook handy while listening would optimal to get the most out of this listen.

I imagine it's hard to put together any kind of instructional that can appeal to a wide range of people without condescending to some and going over the heads of others. I thought a couple spots were a bit tedious, or "Let me explain this very common sense idea to you using small words." However, it wasn't enough to make me not recommend the book overall. I think this can be very helpful to someone who is considering trying their hand at writing.

The narration is clear and read well. It is very much a reading rather than a performance as it is a "how-to" which is obviously written by 2 women and read by one man. However, there is nothing lost in the conversion from print to audio, and CW Hall did a great job.

I received this audiobook at my request in exchange for an UNBIASED review.

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Helpful, more so for UK listeners

This book has a lot of helpful tips for beginners to story craft. While some of the information is UK specific like names of contests or publisher names there is still lots to take away from this guide to write your story.

Rosemary and Patsy write conversationally and the narrator does well in carrying that on to the listener and makes it a quick and easy listen.

***I received a free copy at my request from the author , publisher or narrator in exchange for an honest review***

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  • Eric
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 10-08-17

A good starting point with some intermediate tips

This is not a comprehensive guide from start to finish on writing your first novel. What this book contains is sources of inspiration, ideas for generating stories, ways to commit to the writing process, tips for editing and publishing, and lots of other great information.

If you're expecting a step by step checklist then you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for inspiration to get started writing and help on how to do so this might be the one that pushes you into putting pen to paper.

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Great info

Really comprehensive info from start to finish on writing a book. Easy listen and great addition to any writers bookshelf.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Helpful book. Actionable advice.

What did you love best about From Story Idea to Reader?

I like the straightforward manner that the information was presented. It was thorough without being overly padded. Many books like this will repeat themselves in different ways to get the page count up.

What does Charles "CW" Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a solid job reading the book. His pacing and modulation were comfortable for listening.

Any additional comments?

I think that the book could be improved by including a PDF with the exercises etc. It is difficult to transcribe this information when driving, exercising, and doing other tasks - the way I listen. <br/><br/>I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A lot like an interview

If you could sum up From Story Idea to Reader in three words, what would they be?

Helpful for beginners

Any additional comments?

I found this to be helpful in looking at the everyday world as a source of inspiration.<br/><br/>The text seems to read more like an interview you would see in a magazine or newspaper. At first it was a little hard to follow until I realized this. After that the information was very good.<br/><br/>I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • DK
  • 09-14-17

The Title Is Confusing But The Content Is Not



✍️ The title is a bit confusing to me but I found this book to be an encyclopedia for a writer.

Some of the highlights:
1. Short, focused ;chapters
2. Summary and exercises at the end of each chapter
3. Glossary

I found that speeding up the audio made the narration better.

This is the 3rd or 4th book that I have listened to about writing and/or audiobook creation in the past 4 or 5 months. I think it is helpful and may be inspiring for those who are considering writing a book.

I recommend listening to this with a pen and notebook (or the electronic version) in hand to jot down notes.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you found my review helpful, would you please take a moment and select 'yes' below? Also, consider following me on Audible.

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  • Dee Jay
  • 11-23-17

A comprehensive writer's companion

Two experienced authors pool their collective knowledge and experience in this informative and engagingly written writer’s companion. The book provides a wealth of information, advice and calls to action for the budding or more experienced novelist or short story writer. It covers all aspects of writing, from how to generate ideas to where to place your finished work.

This is the first how-to audiobook I’ve tried, and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow; I could sit back, give my eyes a rest and learn. If I wanted to go back over some specific points, I turned to the PDF that accompanies the audiobook. All in all, From Story Idea to Reader is a valuable addition to my collection of books on writing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Brian Harrison
  • 11-03-17

A Budding Writer Writes....

I should start by saying that was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The book is written in the style of a dialogue between the two authors who are experienced, successful writers. Throughout the book they share with the reader/listener their considerable experience and knowledge of how to manage the whole process of becoming and remaining a successful, published writer. The book does this very comprehensively indeed e.g. there is a great section on the use of technology and the internet, which I hadn’t expected.
In terms of actual “writing” advice the book is equally comprehensive and includes many useful lists and exercises to get the writing juices going. Perhaps worth noting, though that long lists (as useful as they are) don’t easily lend themselves to the audiobook medium.
If you are considering writing for the short story magazine market you will, in my opinion, find this book indispensable. Budding male authors might find the many examples given to make a point a bit over weighted towards a female lifestyle and a womag orientation. However, this does not detract from the quality of the advice given throughout the book. It’s just a little hard to relate to the decidedly female focus when listening to the audiobook whilst shaving in front of the bathroom mirror early in the morning. And that, of course, is the purpose of the audiobook. You can listen to it whilst doing something else.
For me, it will be an excellent resource which I will absorb over time, not necessarily by listening from beginning to end, but by dipping into whilst I pursue the obligatory, often mundane, tasks in life.
Finally, and this is very important. The book is narrated by a soft spoken North American male who does a great job of engaging and retaining the interest of the listener.
Very professionally done.

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  • Jackie Kirman
  • 10-20-17

Excellent guide for creative writers


Very comprehensive and practical advice for anyone who wants to write creatively. It covers wide ranging topics from how to create character to how to write realistic dialogue, from how to begin a story to details of how to get published, from genre writing and suitable writing techniques. Very enjoyable easy read with personal and humorous touches that makes it feel like you are being given advice from a very knowledgeable friend (or 2 friends!)