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Book Reviews
Book Reviews - April
By Jody Ellis-Knapp
April, 2006, 23:42

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Title: Travel Writing: See The World. Sell The Story (2nd Edition)
Author: L. Peat O'Neil
Publisher: Writers Digest Books/F+W Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58297-381-4
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Review: Break out your reading glasses when you delve into L. Peat O'Neil's Travel Writing. Once you get past the challenge of the small typeface, you realize this book is well-worth reading, and you appreciate that the font size enables O'Neil to pack a ton of valuable information into one volume.

If you have dreamed of travelling the world while getting paid to write about your adventures, this book will give you a reliable departure. O'Neil leaves no question unanswered, offering the would-be travel writer advice on all aspects of the genre. He covers topics such as how to plan your trip, keeping a travel journal, proper tone, photo-taking, and of course marketing. At the end of each chapter there are exercises intended to hone the writer's skills and broaden author's abilities. For a back-of-the-book bonus, O'Neil provides a list of important resources that any writer will find helpful.

Travel Writing is a long yet worthy read. It leaves the reader feeling confident about entering the world of travel writing and excited about the prospect of making it a career.

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Title: How To Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make And How To Overcome Them
Author: Sol Stein
Publisher: St. Martins Press
ISBN: 0-312-20949-5
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Review: Anyone who aspires to write a novel probably wonders what exactly makes a novel good. What makes it worth reading? What makes an agent want to sell it or a publisher want to produce it? Author and teacher Sol Stein provides real answers to these and many other concerns in his book How to Grow a Novel.

Stein points out that what many writers miss is an awareness of writing for an audience. He teaches that writers should think of their work as a potential gift for a stranger -- that unseen reader that we all hope to please. A reader wants to be impressed, wants to be entertained, and wants to be left with something to think about. This book provides techniques and ideas for catering to the audience and delivering what readers want.

With excerpts from books of his own and others, Stein provides concrete examples of what works and what doesn't. He also covers the responsibilities of the publisher, what the publisher wants, and what the writer can expect when submitting work. Additionally this volume contains an appendix of great information for finding further help, both online and in other books.

How to Grow a Novel is an excellent and useful tool for any writer. Reading this book gives the working author further guidance on the path to published success.

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Jody Ellis-Knapp is a freelance writer living in Alaska. Her work has appeared in various magazines, including Adoption Today, Balance and Alaska Women Speak. She is also a co-editor and writer at

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