Bob Bly, author of 70+ books and the man McGraw-Hill calls “America’s top copywriter,” shows you how to….
Write and Sell Your
Master the craft of short story writing -- with a little help from one of the greatest living American short story writers*….
* As cited in the Washington Post
Okay. I admit it.
I’m not in the least bit qualified to show you how to write a short story – much less get it published.
My own career as a short story writer was brief, frustrating, and spectacularly unsuccessful.
In the late 1970s, I wrote about a dozen or so stories.
I submitted them to countless editors over the course of several years.
But in all that time, I sold only one of my stories – to Galaxy science fiction magazine.
Unfortunately for me, the magazine folded.
My story was never published. And I never got paid.
So what I know about writing and selling short fiction couldn’t fill a thimble.
On the other hand, Harlan Ellison and Lisa Mondello are eminently qualified to help you write and sell short fiction.
Mr. Ellison is the author of 75 books … two dozen teleplays … a dozen motion pictures … and more than 1,700 essays, articles, newspapercolumns, and stories.
He wrote the original script for the I, Robot movie … not the one they ended up shooting with Will Smith.
He also wrote the classic Star Trek episode, “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
You know: the one in which Kirk and Spock accidentally go through a time portal to the past, where Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his fiction -- including 8 ½ Hugo awards, 3 Nebula awards, 6 Bram Stoker awards, and 2 Edgar Allen Poe awards.
The Washington Post calls Harlan Ellison “one of the great living American short story writers.”
Lisa Mondello is the author of 7 romance novels, including the Texas Heart series, published by Avalon Books.
Her 8th published novel, a psychological thriller titled Cradle of Secrets, is forthcoming from Steeple Hill.
On the art and craft of writing short stories
In Part I of How to Write and Sell Short Stories, Harlan Ellison shares some of his long years of experience – and his ideas on how to write memorable, powerful stories.
In it, you’ll discover:
- What Francis Ford Coppola can teach you about writing compelling short fiction. Page 14.
- The one writing skill you must develop to create characters that live. Page 10.
- The secret to crafting stories with power and immediacy. Page 14.
- The elements of a great short story title. Page 5.
- How creating small character traits can pay big dividends in building people who are believable. Page 18.
- Every creative writing teacher says “show, don’t tell.” Here’s how it’s done. Page 24.
- How and where to begin your stories. Hint: it’s not where you’re doing it now. Page 20.
- There’s only one subject which alone can make good writing. Do you know what it is? Page 11.
- How to trim the fat – and cut to the chase -- in your writing. Page 25.
- Which works best – long story titles or short? Page 6.
- Why so many amateurs frequently write bad short fiction – and how to enliven your stories with the elements theirs are missing. Page 12.
- Must you have a title before you begin writing your story? Page 8.
Experience the thrill of being a published author
In Part II of How to Write and Sell Short Stories, Lisa Mondello shares the marketing secrets successful writers use to sell their stories and get them published, both offline and online.
- Is entering short story contests a waste of time and money? Page 34.
- Elements of a winning query letter to send editors along with your story submission. Page 36.
- What word length is ideal for writing marketable short stories? Page 30.
- How to find the best markets for short fiction and submit your work to them. Page 32.
- 10 tips for writing more entertaining – and memorable – stories. Page 31.
- Tips for making sure a publisher is “real” … and that their magazine is legitimate and still in print. Page 33.
- You submitted your story months ago and have heard nothing from the editor. What now? Page 38.
- How to negotiate a respectable payment for your short story when a magazine editor wants to publish it. Page 41.
- 28 great markets for short fiction and how to contact them. Page 44.
- And so much more….
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Master short story writing for
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Through persistence, determination, and of course, talent, Lisa Mondello has sold 8 full-length novels to various publishers.
Harlan Ellison is one of the most honored and respected short story writers of all time.
In their new e-book How to Write and Sell Short Stories, Harlan and Lisa teach you the craft of writing short fiction and also how to sell your stories and get them published … for only $29.
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In it, you’ll discover:
- How to purge nonessential verses … phrases … ideas … images … and even words from your writing -- to make your poetry lean and flowing. Page 9.
- Are poetry contests an utter waste of time and entry fees? The answer may surprise you. Page 23.
- Turn your life experiences and memories into moving, powerful, and dramatic poems. Page 11.
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About Bob Bly
Bob Bly is a full-time freelance copywriter specializing in direct marketing. He earns more than $600,000 a year from his writing, speaking, and consulting, and became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s.
A copywriter for more than a quarter of a century, Bob has written promotions for over 100 clients including Phillips, Agora, KCI, 21st Century, Weiss Research, EBI Medical Systems, Sony, IBM, AT&T, Grumman, Crain Communications, McGraw-Hill, Intuit, and AlliedSignal.
Bob is the author of 70 books including The Copywriter’s Handbook (Henry Holt) and Business-to-Business Direct Marketing (NTC Business Books). He has published more than 100 articles in such publications as Successful Meetings, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer’s Digest, and Amtrak Express.
Bob’s writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught marketing at New York University.
Bob has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Advertising Show, Bernard Meltzer, CNBC, and CBS Hard Copy. He has been featured in major media ranging from the LA Times and Nation’s Business to the New York Post and the National Enquirer. He was a featured speaker at the 2006 annual conference of the National Speakers Association.
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