Any Manuscript Can be Transformed into a Finished Masterpiece in 22 Simple Steps

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Listed as one of 2013’s Best Books About Writing by Writer Magazine, BLUEPRINT YOUR BESTSELLER: organize and revise any manuscript with the Book Architecture method (Perigee; January 29, 2013; 16.00). Provides a step-by-step guide to transform any draft into a finished book.

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"The Book Architecture method takes the unique approach of teaching writers to think in terms of structure instead of in terms of expression."

Stuart Horwitz, founder of the editorial firm Book Architecture, has created a blueprint to transform any messy manuscript into a clear and well-organized book. And he’s been using it for over fifteen years to help authors revise, polish and successfully publish their work.

In Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method, Horwitz describes how to break down any manuscript into a set of narrative elements, determine what it’s really about, and put it back together scene-by-scene.

The method takes the unique approach of teaching writers to think in terms of structure instead of in terms of expression. Rather than focus on a manuscript’s plot, it focuses on the various “series” that include: character development, relationships, and symbolism within the story.

Using Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Ducking as the chief example, BLUEPRINT YOUR BESTSELLER illustrates how the Book Architecture method can be applied to just about any story. Horwitz takes you on a journey; one that he compares to climbing a mountain, reaching the top, seeing the view, and then going down the other side. It unfolds through a sequence of specific, easy-to-follow action steps illustrated by exercises. The 22 steps include:

  • Finding, naming and putting scenes in order
  • Identifying the scenes that work -- and the ones that don’t
  • Determining which scenes most important
  • Identifying and summing up the various “series” within a manuscript
  • Discovering a manuscript’s main theme
  • Figuring out which narrative elements are central to the theme and which are not

Along the way, readers will learn how to:

  • Discover what it is they’re really writing
  • Eliminate unnecessary elements
  • Create suspense, surprise and structure
  • Organize your work in the optimal order
  • And much, much more…

They’ll also learn how not to end things.

BLUEPRINT YOUR BESTSELLER offers valuable guidance and wisdom from an expert to help writers organize their manuscripts into a finished masterpiece. This easy to follow, step-by-step method sheds new light on a process that can often become foggy and frustrating. Whether it’s the first attempt, or something that’s been a work in progress for years, BLUEPRINT YOUR BESTSELLER provides the solution for any writer looking to complete an organized and well thought out manuscript.

About the Author:
Stuart Horwitz is the founder of the editorial firm Book Architecture. For over fifteen years he has helped authors revise, polish and successfully publish their work. His clients have become New York Times bestsellers and have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The Tonight Show. An award-winning poet and essayist, Stuart has taught writing at Grub Street in Boston and Brown University. He holds Masters Degree’s in Literary Aesthetics from N.Y.U. and in East Asian Studies and Medieval Japanese Buddhism from Harvard.

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