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.
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Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series
I still hate this guy....
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.
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.
Premise is more than just theme
Buy the books... you'll thank yourself once you do.
- Judith E. Prueitt