A Must-Read for Writers
(See below for how to win a copy.)
A decade ago, I read Betsy Lerner’s book The Forest for the Trees and it quickly rose to the top of my “best books ever” list. I read it a few times over the years, then lent it out so many times I lost track of my copy. Today I’m excited because I just ordered my brand-spankin’-new copy of the Revised and Updated 10th Anniversary Edition.
I think every single writer seeking publication should read this book! Here’s the review on Amazon:
One feels for Betsy Lerner’s writers. Oh, sure, Lerner must be a fabulous agent. But too bad for them: In gaining her as an agent, they lost her as an editor. How rare and wonderful it must have been to have such an advocate, advisor, and, yes, admirer so firmly ensconced in publisher territory (at various times, Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, and Doubleday). In The Forest for the Trees, Lerner reflects on writing and publishing from an editor’s point of view.
There are so many books by writers and agents promising to disclose what editors really want; here, finally, is one straight from the source. Like all experienced editors, Lerner has seen writers at their best, and at their worst. “Like shrinks,” she says, editors “have a privileged and exclusive view into a writer’s psyche, from the ecstasy of acquisition to the agony of the remainder table.”
Click HERE to order the book.
Want a chance to win The Forest for the Trees FREE?
Betsy has graciously offered to provide 5 books for me to give to my blog readers, so I’m going to have a random drawing from the comments to this post. If you want a chance to win one, leave a comment with the single best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received.
Leave your comment by 11:59 PM EDT this Saturday. I’ll use a random number generator to choose five winners on Sunday. One entry per person, please.
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