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From the first chapter to the last, Manuscript Makeover will show you how to revise and rewrite for a cohesive and consistent story line, strong and memorable characters, and a distinctive style. With this indispensable guide, you can create compelling stories that attract literary agents, editors, and publishers, as you learn how to: Create stand-out style, from accessing your authentic voice to applying techniques of "wordsmithing" that transform your prose, Rewrite characterization for dimensionality, universal need, and theme, Adjust your prose to match the style and structure of your chosen genres, Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style, Strengthen story beginnings and endings, Increase plot stakes, create movement, and adjust pace for maximum suspense. In addition, Manuscript Makeover will teach you how to write and revise a knock-out query letter and a killer synopsis to sell your work. Book jacket.
Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and publishers, including: Stand-out style techniques, from accessing an authentic voice to applying techniques of "wordsmithing" that transform prose How to rewrite characterization for dimensionality, a universal need, and theme Adjustment suggestions to match the prose style and structure of specific genres Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style Strategies to strengthen story beginnings and endings Methods for increasing plot stakes, creating movement, and adjusting pace for maximum suspense