"I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts." --Dean Koontz "For anyone interested in the craft of writing, from beginners to seasoned veterans, this is a must read." --Booklist "This is the best guidebook to both writing and the business of writing that I've ever read." --Peter Straub David Morrell, bestselling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels, Morrell teaches you everything you need to know about: - Plot - Character - Research - Structure - Viewpoint - Description - Dialogue - The business of publishing - And much more "If this book had been available when I started writing, I could have saved myself some miles, some heartache and a lot of typewriter ribbons. The Successful Novelist is the vehicle you want if you plan to drive your way to successful fiction." --Joe R. Lansdale "David Morrell's not just a fine writer; he's also a great and generous teacher. This book's a keeper." --Lawrence Block "David Morrell's The Successful Novelist is that rare avis--a practical how-to book bedizened with priceless gems and nuggets culled from his triumphant decades of toil in the writing mines, all conducted at the unrelenting pace of one of his best-selling thrillers." --F. Paul Wilson.