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Publisher's Summary

Writing a novel and getting it published: That's your goal. And nothing will keep you from making it happen. Such a goal, of course, presents a number of challenges. Make sure you have the tools you need to overcome them and succeed. In The Novel Writer's Toolkit, New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer shares a veteran writer's hard-won advice with a style that's straight from the hip. He lays out the nuts and bolts of novel writing, along with guidelines for starting, finishing and revising your work. You'll learn how to:

  • Develop story-worthy ideas
  • Translate those ideas into a compelling plot - one that keeps readers mesmerized
  • Pace your story for maximum excitement
  • Create realistic, complicated characters
  • Submit attention-getting manuscripts
  • Self-contained chapters make it easy to focus on the just the elements you need. Take in the advice, sharpen your skills, and hit the ground running.

Mayer provides all the reliable information and instruction you need to make your dreams of publication come true. What are you waiting for? The Novel Writer's Toolkit ensures that you're properly equipped for success!

©2012 Bob Mayer (P)2012 Bob Mayer

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  • Pam
  • United States
  • 07-18-12

Lots of good information; hard to listen to

The author's ideas are good ones, and he goes into a great deal of useful detail. A beginning writer would definitely get a lot of valuable information about what it means to write a book from this title.

That said, if you told me that the narrator was a robot, I would totally believe you. He has a halting and over-articulated style that I found distracting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Buy the book and skip this audio version.

Would you try another book from Bob Mayer and/or Martin Gollery?

I would buy a book by Bob Mayer. I would never buy another book narrated by Martin Gollery!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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What didn’t you like about Martin Gollery’s performance?

His his narration was delivered in absolute monotone; I was unable to discern any modulation in his voice at all.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

N/a

Any additional comments?

The concepts outlined the book are great. However, the narrator is abysmal; his vocal appeal is nonexistent. This narrator's voice is reminiscent of a computer generated replication of the human voice. So how do I know the concepts presented in the book are great? I purchased the Kindle version so I could read it. Buy the book and skip this audio version.

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Excellent

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Terrible narration, sounds like a robot- hated it. However, the content is so good it is worth dealing with.

Any additional comments?

Really well written, thoroughly enjoyable and clear style. The writer has amazing credibility and has really been there. This has helped me enormously, a superb book.

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  • JC
  • ROSEDALE, NY, United States
  • 10-26-13

Let's sound Human

Would you try another book from Bob Mayer and/or Martin Gollery?

I would listen to another book by Bob Mayer. The information about writing is very good and needed. I do not think I would listen to Martin Gollery. His voice was automated. I kept wonder if I was listening to a computer. If Martin is a real person I am sorry. But I heard Bob Mayer lecture on writing. It would have been better if he had done it himself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Novel Writer's Toolkit: From Idea to Best-Seller?

The best part of this book is hearing that writing is hard work and takes time. Writers aspiring to be published don't always get the encouragement or hard facts they need to succeed. I wish I got this book 10 years ago.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Gollery?

I would like to give Martin Gollery a second chance. I just not sure I want to pay for it or use my free credit.

Do you think The Novel Writer's Toolkit: From Idea to Best-Seller needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I wish it had an eBook

Any additional comments?

It need to be re-recorded. Writing is hard but worth it. Listening to this book is harder only because the voice makes everything inhuman.