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The Successful Novelist Audiobook

The Successful Novelist

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Publisher's Summary

David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels, Morrell teaches you everything you need to know about:

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Research
  • Structure
  • Viewpoint
  • Description
  • Dialogue
  • The business of publishing
  • And much more.

©2008 David Morrell (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts.” (Dean Koontz)

“For anyone interested in the craft of writing, from beginners to seasoned veterans, this is a must read.” (Booklist)

“This is the best guidebook to both writing and the business of writing that I've ever read.” (Peter Straub)

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    "Read twice and learn"

    Filled with great information for me as I work on my first novel. This is my second reading. I have a greater understanding of his message as I grow and write.













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    M. Morris 05-01-16
    M. Morris 05-01-16
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    "So thankful this book was written."
    What made the experience of listening to The Successful Novelist the most enjoyable?

    David Morrell writes the type of fiction I aspire to write. This is a gem.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Successful Novelist?

    When the author was narrowly saved from losing his hands.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job. I like his narrating and have had zero issues with it. Good choice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Confessions of a Suspense Novelist... but it really should not be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    First, I looked into this author and found that he actually invented Rambo. Wow. Plus, he was unsure about First Blood ever being sold, and expressed the same beginner emotions that everyone probably feels.

    So I got one of his books on Audible, "Testament", to find out if he writes the types of books I'd like to write (besides First Blood). Within minutes, I knew I wanted to write gripping suspense novels like David Morrell. "Testament" hits the ground running with a disturbing situation and dramatic question (hook) (Why is this happening to this family?). Yes, I definitely want a book by this author explaining his writing process.

    "The Successful Novelist" delivers everything I hoped for. I really liked the information on opening lines and the occasional stories about Morrell's writing career. If you like books on the craft of writing, I think you'll like this book. I'm only about halfway through, and very glad this is a really long book with tons of information.

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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 06-04-15
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Great listen for any writer"

    Although the book is geared toward fiction writers, it has many great points for any writer including screen writers.

    The author has multiple published books including "First Blood" which was converted into Rambo - First Blood. This part of the book is my favorite. It explains his development of the book and how the movie was pitched then later morphed into the movie series (much different than his novel).

    As a published author, he provides tremendous insight into the world of fiction writing and some of the politics involved with getting a book published and methods some use to become and remain full-time authors.

    There are a few sections on different genres and how to select the correct path for a successful publishing.

    I listened to it over multiple sittings and there are sections of the book which could warrant having the printed version to highlight and make notes.

    The author was a college professor and his education background is apparent (in a good way) throughout the book.

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    AlphaDave 09-19-14
    AlphaDave 09-19-14

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    "As a pro writer myself, this book is dead on"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The author is very candid about what it actually takes to become and sustain a career as a professional writer. Highly recommend to anyone actually trying to make a living at the keyboard.


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    Visualverbs Bella Vista, AR 02-09-14
    Visualverbs Bella Vista, AR 02-09-14 Member Since 2016

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    "This man created Rambo..."
    What did you love best about The Successful Novelist?

    It is an extremely good review of what it takes to become a successful writer from a man who did. It doesn't get much better than that. He is a very good writer (not great, in my opinion, but certainly very good) and he documents much of that in this book.


    What other book might you compare The Successful Novelist to and why?

    Fiction Writing Demystified, by Thomas Sawyer. Sawyer is another successful writer (was the head writer and producer on Murder, She Wrote for many years) and both volumes are similar in the way they document the process (motivation, mechanics, editing, publishing,, marketing, etc.) of fiction writing. Both are no-nonsense journals of being successful and I enjoyed them both equally and learned A LOT from both.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hmmm. Don't know about that, but Lawlor did a very good job in narrating the book. There is not a lot of "performance" on this as it is more reference work which does not require that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is very informative and insightful into the professional life of a working, successful fiction writer.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to be a working, successful fiction writer!! ;-)

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    Toni 10-14-13
    Toni 10-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best in Class"

    So far, I've listened to Sol Stein (Stein on Writing),Thomas B. Sawyer (Fiction Writing Demystified) and this one. David Morrell is my favorite, although Stein covers more craft/style in my opinion. Morrell touches on a bit of everything with practicality, humor and humility. He's easy to relate to. Some of it is far beyond my current skill set or needs (things to watch out for in contracts, etc.), but it's good for future. This book never had a dull moment, and I downloaded the Kindle version as well, to make notes. Narrator was fantastic. As someone else said, it was easy to forget it wasn't being narrated by the author, so great was the narrator's enthusiasm.

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    Amazon Customer 01-15-13

    frustrated fly hunter

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    "It was hard to get past the narrator's voice."

    There were some good points. But, I felt like I had walked onto a used car lot with an over zealous salesman whose voice was like a wood wrasp put to work industriously on my central nervous system.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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