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I have this nifty idea : --now what do I do with it?
Resnick, Michael D.
Publication Information:
Holicong, PA : Wildside Press, [2001]

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405 pages ; 23 cm
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"Writers show you how they sold their books from outlines"--Cover.
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PN3377.5.F34 I2 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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I HAVE THIS NIFTY IDEA ...Now what do I do with it? This book contains outlines for science fiction and fantasy novels which real authors (new and old) used to sell their books to major publishing companies . . . actual examples drawn from authorsa files, not idealized versions prepared just for a textbook. Whether youa re a beginning writer looking to break into novels, an experienced professional seeking new tools and techniques to sell books, or a fan curious about the remarkable thought-processes of some of the great genre writers of our time, you will find something here which enlightens, educates, and entertains you. I Have This Nifty Idea is the perfect addition to every library of books on writing. Includes work by Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Mike Resnick, Robert J. Sawyer, Barry N. Malzberg, Kevin J. Anderson, Charles Sheffield, Katharine Kerr, Jack Dann, Jack L. Chalker, and many more."

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Library Journal Review

Winch (history, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston), author of Philadelphia's Black Elite and other works on African American life, presents a life-and-times biography of James Forten (1766-1842), an entrepreneur, social reformer, Revolutionary War patriot, and gentleman, who stood as one of the most influential and well-known African Americans of his day. Winch casts Forten as persistent in his pursuit of justice and steady in his habits, turning his masterful sail-making skills into a small fortune that allowed him to hire whites and blacks, educate his family in letters and a life of social service, and promote various reform efforts, especially antislavery. Because of a lack of primary sources for much of Forten's life, Winch inventively uses historical context to find her subject's place in 19th-century Philadelphia and goes deep inside Forten's social and intellectual world to explain his quest for respect as a citizen and a man. Winch offers no new sweeping readings on African American history, nor does she explain why Forten's life dropped from the American historical narrative until now. But this first biography of Forten does much to reveal a complexity and range of experience among 19th-century blacks. Recommended. Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Lord Valentine's Castlep. 10
The Snarep. 32
The Memory Cathedralp. 39
Midnight at the Well of Soulsp. 53
Crescent City Rhapsodyp. 57
The Riftp. 73
Metropolitanp. 100
In Legend Bornp. 121
8 movie synopsesp. 143
Walpurgis IIIp. 156
The Branchp. 158
The Widowmaker Trilogyp. 163
The Return of Santiagop. 174
Angel of Destructionp. 184
Forever Peacep. 223
1968p. 224
The Hercules Textp. 230
Illegal Alienp. 239
Hobson's Choice (The Terminal Experiment)p. 251
Critital Destiny (Starplex)p. 261
The Uplift Universep. 274
Illuminationp. 283
Beyond Apollop. 324
Bone Musicp. 326
Silencep. 358
The Saga of Seven Sunsp. 364