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Is this the right book for me? Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer's bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent and a highly successful author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. It covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers and so on. For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer. Write a Blockbuster And Get it Published includes: Part one - Writing a blockbuster Chapter 1: Getting started Chapter 2: Characterization Chapter 3: Plot and scene structure Chapter 4: Planning your story Chapter 5: Great openings Chapter 6: How to write blockbuster prose Chapter 7: Dialogue Chapter 8: Pacing Chapter 9: Rewriting and self-editing Chapter 10: The A-Z of genres Part two - Submitting a blockbuster, getting an agent and being published Chapter 11: The commonsense approach to submitting Chapter 13: The reality of being published Chapter 14: Exploring other publishing avenues Chapter 15: Troubleshooting Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of how to write a blockbuster. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.