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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof Narrator: Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781593979508
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How many people would kill to be a bestselling novelist? Especially one like Janet Evanovich.Writers want to know how a bestselling author thinks, writes, plans, and dreams her books. And they are primed for a book from Janet Evanovich that tells, in a witty Q&A format:
- How she comes up with such remarkable characters
- How she nails the perfect name every time
- How she finds out insider details
- Just how she sets up those masterful plots
- What the life of a full-time writer is really like
- What she'd tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry
- And much, much more!

This book details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction-from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection. And it combines one of today's most successful fiction writers with a published non-fiction writer who teaches creative fiction. HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, and for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No less than her plotting, Evanovich's characterizations are models of screwball artistry. The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists. The New York Times

  • Evanovich's series is as addictive as Fritos--and...not losing any of its salty crunch… Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies. People
  • Plum is one of fiction's most irresistible heroines. Seattle Post Intelligencer
  • Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction. Bookpage
  • Evanovich is brilliantly evocative. Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 2/13/2014

    " This book was very inspiring to me. I have always wanted to write a book, ever since I can remember. I still may do it but it is nice to read how other successful writers started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Williams | 2/6/2014

    " The only thing that distracted me from my overall delight in this upbeat writer's guide was the fact that it is somewhat outdated. It not only inspired me to get back on my writing horse immediately, it made me laugh out loud and consider picking up the Stephanie Plum series. And I've never read a straight-up mystery novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 melydia | 2/6/2014

    " I am not very familiar with Evanovich's work. I read One for the Money and thought it was cute but felt no special desire to read anything else by her. However, I am always curious to hear what bestselling authors have to say about writing since obviously something they are doing is working. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Evanovich takes us from character development all the way through book tours in a light, funny question-and-answer format. She is realistic about the publication process (she collected rejection slips for ten years before publishing her first book) while remaining optimistic and upbeat about the entire journey. It's also quite thorough: since the questions come from ten years of reader emails, even minutia like webpage design, paper quality for manuscripts, and transitions are covered, and in the back there is a list of references. This is one of the few books I would recommend all aspiring authors to keep on hand. I borrowed it from the library but I plan on getting my own copy soon. That's high praise from someone who almost never rereads books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/2/2014

    " I've never read any of Evanovich's fiction, and I have no intention of starting now. this book had some excellent advice, provided you want to write a similar type of frothy crime/chick-lit. I don't, so it wasn't that useful. plus I listened to it on audio-book, and her accent set my teeth on edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/21/2014

    " I'm almost convinced that I can write now, which speaks volumes to Evanovich's content. It would serve as a fabulous reference book for a writer's bookshelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/18/2014

    " Not bad, but there was a lot of repeating advice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Bartkowski | 1/17/2014

    " I have a lot in common with Janet's style of writing despite my focus on non-fiction and her focus on fiction. Her quick reference section is excellent for any writer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 1/17/2014

    " God-awful. Where was the proof-reader? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaine | 1/11/2014

    " best book on writing I've read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theanonymousafro | 12/30/2013

    " I like the tips offered but I think the fact that Evanovich's book series seemed unappealing to me made the example excerpts a little tiring. This would still be great for those who like the series and want to write or who are just interested in the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/5/2013

    " Great book! One of the best writing books that I've read so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 11/5/2013

    " Very basic, anecdotal, and fun to read - but light and not a book that tells much about the craft of writing. Fun read for fans of her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/30/2013

    " Very interesting and enlightening, she writes with her usual humor as well as providing a lot of information about the form and funtion of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Crow | 10/25/2013

    " So far quite good. She writes her non-fiction just like she writes her fiction, funny, easy to read (and digest) and makes it all sound so easy. I'll update when finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie Quint | 9/3/2013

    " If you're looking for advice on how to be a better writer, the advice in this is sound but basic in the extreme. (Instead I recommend Stein on Writing) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/28/2013

    " Quick book - good for fans of Evanovich's Plum series - not a whole lot of serious writing advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/13/2013

    " I love Janet Evanovich and this book was fun. It's set up in a Q&A format so it feels really personal, just like she is sitting with you and talking over coffee and doughnuts. All of the answers were helpful (with just enough Evanovich-spark to keep the book interesting). Makes me want to write!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 2/27/2013

    " Great book to read by this author. She shows how she writes by writing as her other characters which makes it more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharla Lovelace | 12/8/2012

    " learned EVERYTHING from this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/30/2012

    " I found this book very helpful. I like Janet Evanovich's style of writing and she gave a lot of insight and advice that I will definitely follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HKd | 6/26/2012

    " Not a 'how to write guide' but if you like Evanovich and Stephanie Plum, you'll enjoy this. It's a Q&A format and Evanovich is generous and open about her writing and her writing life. Fairly light and fluffy but fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 6/23/2012

    " Very helpful read for anyone who is writing and wanting to be published. I learned about literary agents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/25/2011

    " This book was a fast read. Definitely made me want to pick up and read more about her Stephanie Plum books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/2/2011

    " Very good for the starting writer. Absolutely! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/11/2011

    " Loved this book, because she is so honest. Absolutely no pretension at all. Very good read for an aspiring writer, especially for one focusing on writing for entertainment, rather than literary, value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaine | 3/24/2011

    " best book on writing I've read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 3/7/2011

    " God-awful. Where was the proof-reader? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley | 1/14/2011

    " Extremely basic information as far as writing goes. I didn't find this helpful at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 12/24/2010

    " Interesting if you've ever been interested in writing a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/5/2010

    " She gives some amazing advice. I am greatful that she is willing to share her knowledge with us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 10/7/2010

    " I thought it was interesting to get some inside information on how Evanovich writes and what she sees for her characters, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/29/2010

    " I've read other books on writing, some better, some worse. I loved this one because of it's simplicity, and it's humor. It wasn't a dry, boring read, like so many of the 'how to write' books. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 9/23/2010

    " I read this book in preparation of NaNoWriMo, but her insight dealt more with careful writing and research for stories that I didn't have time for. If someone was wanting to write carefully, this would probably be a good book to reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/22/2010

    " This was a cute little book. No new, earth shattering information for people who want to write, but a quick read with some cute little pieces of humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/17/2010

    " Some funny stuff, but the organization was incredibly random and I learned more about the background of her books than about writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 8/13/2010

    " One of the better books about one writer's methods -- and I've read a lot of them. "

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About the Author
Author Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, as well a dozen romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

About the Narrator

Ina Yalof is a full-time writer with many published books and countless magazine articles to her credit. She teaches writing at Dartmouth College’s continuing education program.