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Publisher's Summary

Why do some books attract readers while others don't? What are the essential qualities of an irresistible read, a story people can't wait to start? And what's the secret to attracting a literary agent or publishing deal? The answer to all three questions is: Premise. A powerful premise is what separates ordinary novels from best sellers. William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.
©2015 William Bernhardt Writing Programs, Inc. (P)2015 Babylon Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Troy on 07-24-15

Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series

Another homerun in the Red Sneaker series. These books are short, fast, and direct, with all of the extraneous bells and whistles left out. They're instantly applicable and generally take less than 3 hours to read. The end-chapter exercises are as invaluable as the information.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith E. Prueitt on 07-30-15

I still hate this guy....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yet another mind blowing experience from Wm Bernhardt's Red Sneaker Series. Over the past 2 years I've read about, no joke thirty books on writing. Most of them good solid books advising young, (scratch that) fledgling writers. In February of this year I started reading The RSS, Red Sneaker Series. Bernhardt gives me that little tap on the Bell (pun intended) that starts to make sense. Every one of the RSS, is a smack in the gut to my writing. I stop for a few day catch my writers breath, then delete a few thousand words, rewrite, tightening up my plot, dialogue, structure, style, character, and now premise. I got to tell you when I wake up from dead sleep and say out loud. "There's more to premise than just a theme." Yeah, this guys good... real good.

What other book might you compare Powerful Premise to and why?

Fiction Attack, by James Scott Bell, another good solid writer with an intuitive understanding of story. Creator of the LOCK method of writing which has become the engine of a lot of modern fiction.

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What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Premise is more than just theme

Any additional comments?

Buy the books... you'll thank yourself once you do.

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