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Summary

An indispensable guide to the craft of writing and business of publishing from one of our best-selling and most versatile authors.

Onetime teacher and best-selling novelist Joanne Harris has been advising and corresponding with aspirational writers for more than six years. This collection of pithy and funny lists of advice provides both hard-won wisdom and insider industry help. All aspects of the writing process and story development are covered - as is the thorny issue of how and where to find readers. From workspaces and habits to plot and dialogue, these are motivating, problem-solving lists from an experienced and widely respected writer. 

Uniquely, Ten Things About Writing also takes the listener beyond the stage of finished manuscripts and editorial changes - into the territories of rights, publicity and marketing. Whether you have the urge to write crime fiction or a fantasy novel, literary short stories or blockbuster thrillers, Joanne's lists will speak to you.

©2020 Joanne Harris (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Joanne is not only master of her craft but has the rare gift of being able to explain that craft and offer peerless advice in the clearest, no-nonsense, practical and entertaining of ways." (Matt Haig) 

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Not ideal for audiobook

The advice is sound, but the delivery via audiobook didn’t work for me: it’s read fast and the author reads out the advice via a list of numbered points. It just doesn’t work. There’s no time to digest what she’s said before the next one is rattled out. I recommend reading this one the traditional way!

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Brilliant

Fantastic. So many gems of advice in this. A must read/listen to for any writer.

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A brilliant listen!

If you are serious about writing or just a dabbler this is for you. Thank you Joanne for putting this out there. So much about the process of writing, about agents and the publishing world I have not heard before. It gives you encouragement and reminds you to enjoy what you are doing at the same time! A valuble listen for any writer.

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So clear and inviting...

I listened to this because I was curious and love Joanne Harris's books. But now I really want to write and feel I have a 'realistic'. overview of what it entails. Thankyou, it did bring joy. The joy of a new possiblity.

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Essential reading for aspiring writers

I very much enjoyed this. Entertaining and informative, Joanne Harris reveals and lays bare all aspects of becoming an author. After listening to this I bought a hard copy of this book as I feel it will be a good reference book in my days ahead. Highly recommended.