Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever


The most important thing to know about writing a novel is this: You can do it. And if you've already written one, you can write an even better one. Here are my secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process.

I'm extremely psyched that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs said this is "The best how-to-write-a-novel book I've read."

The e-book is on sale now for just $4.99 at:

Amazon Kindle
Apple iBooks
B&N Nook
Kobo
Smashwords

The print edition is on sale for just $11.99 at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
CreateSpace

Also, How to Write a Novel is enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Matchbook program, so if you buy the print edition you can get the Kindle e-book for $1.99.

In case you don't take my word on this one:

"In his 47 brilliant rules, Nathan Bransford has nailed everything I've always wanted to tell people about writing a book but never knew how. Wonderfully thought out with lots of practical examples, this is a must-read for anyone brave enough to try their hand at a novel. It's also a great review for experienced writers. Highly recommended."
- James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER

"Nathan Bransford's primer is full of thoughtful, time-proven advice on how to write a novel. Nathan can sound both like a reassuring friend and a tough, no-nonsense coach. Whatever kind of novel you're writing, Nathan's insights will make you think about your process and help you find your own way to success."
- Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of DOWNFALL

"Nathan Bransford is sharp, thoughtful, and a must-read for all aspiring authors. His advice is not only funny and insightful, it's essential for writers at any stage in their careers."
- Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of SHATTER ME

Nathan Bransford's book on how to write a novel is smart, generous and funny as hell. Read it. No matter where you are in your writing life, whether you're on your first book or are a grizzled, multi published veteran, you'll find practical advice to help you through the process -- and plenty of wisdom to inspire you along the journey.
- Lisa Brackmann, author of ROCK PAPER TIGER

Equal parts encouraging and butt-kicking, hilarious and wise, Nathan Bransford's no-nonsense manifesto talks you through the process of getting the book of your dreams out of your head and onto the page. Whether you've been writing for five minutes or fifty years, this is the guide for you.
- Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS


Thanks so much to Christine Pride and Bryan Russell for their astute editing, Mari Sheibley for the cover design, and D. Robert Pease for the interior formatting.

Most importantly, thanks to all of you for reading and commenting on this blog and making this whole thing possible and so much fun. You guys are the best.

Woohoo!






48 comments:

daniel t. radke said...

Purchased!

JDuncan said...

Rock on, Nathan! It should and better sell damn well. You've always had the eye for gleaning useful information.

Kristin said...

I just bought it,...delivered to my Kindle immediately!

Marc said...

I know your post says "soon", but do you have any idea when the print version is expected? I am excited to purchase! :)

Anonymous said...

Well done Nathan, prefer the hard copy, but have ample references until then on the blog. Congratulations can't wait to buy it.

daniel t. radke said...

PS- just realized you had the cover made to look like your blog, nice touch.

Anne R. Allen said...

Congrats on the book Nathan! I know it will be awesome. So clever to have the cover match your blog!

Maya Prasad said...

Congrats! Off to buy...

Abbey said...

Will definitely be buying this! Congratulations!

Steve Abernathy said...

Congrats!

Jaimie said...

Just in time for NaNoWriMo!

Who knew all those years ago when you were starting those ebook polls you'd be releasing a book exclusively digital first.

And thanks for the reasonable price. Big publishers, yugh.

Roberto said...

Must ... resist ... temptation to buy ... Must ... resist ... Must ...

Oh damn. It's just a click away on Kindle.

Bryan D. said...

Just in time for NaNoWriMo--and for the long wait I have this afternoon! Thanks, Nathan!

Sara Tribble said...

Oh snap! I am totally adding to my cart! Thanks, Nathan!!!

L.G. Smith said...

Congrats! And wishing much success with it. I've picked up a lot of great advice on your blog over the years. :))

jennifermhartsock said...

Congratulations, Nathan! How exciting! I'll have to get myself a copy to research for my literary vlog THE YA PUBLICATION PROJECT!

Take care,
Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Actually, Nathan, I've been reading your blog for several years now, from even before the Gordon Jerome escapades, remember that?

I have made great use of your how-to advice all this time, created a file called the NB Test and went through planning a novel way back when. But it's awesome to see it collected in one place like this. Definitely getting a copy. I imagine there's new stuff that will prove valuable.

Congratulations and good luck with it.

Armando

Yours, Slacker mom said...

can't wait to buy the print version - please release soon!!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Congrats! Just bought it (with the obscene ease a Kindle affords ;).

Deborah Halverson said...

Congratulations, Nathan!!!

Backfence said...

I know it will be chock full of useful advice, as is your blog, which has been indispensable to me for years now. I look forward to starting in on my new book tonight on my Kindle.

AM Riley said...

Bought it.

Gretchen said...

Sweet!! I am so stoked for this! Thank you so much, Nathan, for all the advice and inspiration over the years. You are such an asset to the writing community.

Laurence King said...

Congrats, Nathan! Can't wait to read it!

wendy said...

Just grabbed an ecopy from Smashwords and had a browse through. If I don't finish several wips and get them out there, now, before the end of the world, I'll be shocked. Watch out world!

Thanks for this encouragement and advice, Nathan.

Jan M. Leotti said...

Purchased! Thanks for this. Congratulations! Read the first few pages. Hysterical! (And so true!)

Petrea Burchard said...

Congratulations!

Beverly Diehl said...

Purchased and Tweeted. If it's anything like this blog, it's gonna be GOLDEN.

Mira said...

Congratulations, Nathan! What an accomplishment! I'm so happy that you are now both a fiction AND a non-fiction writer. That's awesome and impressive! :)

Saturday Sequins said...

Nathan, this is fantastic! Congratulations.

Just to let you know, I hosted a self-published book fair on my blog this weekend, and I amended the post to include your book. In case you're interested, here's the link: http://www.saturdaysequins.com/2013/04/epic-indie-fair-of-awesome.html

kdrausin said...

Congratulations!!!

Karen Prince said...

Yay! Got my copy instantly in South Africa. Really looking forward to the read.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Well Nathan, I bought the book yesterday at 9:30am. By last night you convinced me that first person would not fly for my third novel. I'm a hundred pages in and wondering why it just didn't feel right.
This morning I dove in and you are correct. Third person it is for my third book. I'm on it and will keep you posted.
BTW if this thing goes all the way you're in the acknowledgements.

Nathan Bransford said...

Carolynn,

Awesome, glad you found it helpful!

Neil Larkins said...

Amazing book! Amazing you, Nathan! Recommending it to everyone I've ever known who has written or contemplated writing. I am not worthy!

Lynn said...

This was just recommended to me. Will the public and the publishers love it or just me?

www.writeradvice.com
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Characters.

thewriteedge said...

When does the hard copy come out? I definitely want it, but I would like the hard copy so I can make notes, highlight, etc. in the pages. Can't wait!!!

Peter Dudley said...

Congratulations!

Kevin Ott (www.kevinott.net) said...

Just bought it, Nathan. Very excited to read it. By the way, your years of blogging helped me finally land a literary agent. I could not have done it without you, frankly. Thank you for all that you do to help writers!

jorg gray said...

It's here! I'm extremely thrilled to announce that How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever is now on sale. Interview with an author alum

Scott Atkinson said...

Have followed this blog for years now and always found it helpful. Very much looking forward to this.

Scott Atkinson

Kia Abdullah said...

Bought!

I'm so pleased you've done this. We (and the universe) owe you for this blog.

Kia x

Bobby De Long said...

Great guide. Thank you. http://onenovelconcept.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-write-novel-47-rules-for-writing.html

Nicole DiGiacomo said...
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Nicole DiGiacomo said...

After begging my husband for years to write a book, he’s finally doing it! I heard you were the guy to see about this and I just bought your book. I am really excited for him and thank you for helping people that don’t know where to start. I hope your book does well sir!

Kconan said...

Will be getting. Most will settle for "awesome", but "stupendously awesome" is what everyone should strive for.

Dave Cantrell said...

I just want to thank you for your book. I think every rule has value, but the most important thing I picked up was to just stop fussing and start writing. I'm new to writing but with your good counsel I've got 170 pages behind me and having a ball at the same time.

Mike Shaw said...

Sorry to be the 48th comment. Just finished the book and loved it, and it has kept me going on my novel and set me in the right direction in 47 glorious ways. Much appreciated.
-Mike

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