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The Writing Trade.

By Paul R. Reynolds.

Boston, MA The Writer, Inc. Publishers, 1949. Hardcover First Edition [1949], unstated, in accordance with The Writer's customary practice. First Edition [1949], unstated, in accordance with The Writer's customary practice. Very Good+: shows only the most minute indications of use: the back strip is very lightly sunned, but the gilt titles thereon remain unaffected, remaining bold and clearly legible; a small patch of scuffing to the top edge of the front panel; else flawless but for a faint tanning to the text pages, due to aging. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and unobtrusive flaws. Clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. Remains close to 'As New'. The inside flap of the DJ has been pasted in at the front free end paper; former owner's rather tasteful book plate has been affixed to the front paste down end paper. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.95 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches). viii, 159 pages. Language: English. Weight: 10.7 ounces. First Edition [1949], unstated. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$2.94

Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft.

By Natalie Goldberg.

Boulder, CO Sounds True, 2000. Audio Cassette Six Cassette Tapes in excellent (like new) condition (but they have been played) in a Colorful Heavy Card-stock Protective Box, which shows very mild rubbing the the corners. (about Very Good). Overall: Very Good+. Running Time: 9 hours. Original authorial adaptation read by Ms. Goldberg. Product Size: 4.3 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches. Shipping Weight: 9 ounces. Audio Book: Cassette Tapes.

$9.41

Writing the Screenplay: TV and Film.

By Alan A. Armer .

Belmont, CA Wadsworth Publishing Company , 1987. Paperback First Edition [1988]; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition [1988]; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good+ to Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to the extremities; a crease near the upper corner of the front panel of the wrapper cover; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, showing very mild wear and unobtrusive flaws: very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Large 8vo. (9.25 x 7.45 x 0.5 inches). xvi, 272 pages. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 1.5 ounces. Wadsworth Series in Television and Film. Academic Press Paperback.

$19.60

Your Every-Day Vocabulary: How to Enlarge It.

By Josephine Turck Baker.

Evanston, IL Correct English Publishing Company, 1918. Hardcover Second Edition [1924]. First published in 1918. Very Good: showsa few checks or tick marks in the margins; else only light wear to extremities; mild rubbing; faint soiling; some darkening or discoloration in the exterior gutters of both the front and rear hinges; very slight spine lean; faint soiling; some dust-dulling to the outside edges; the pages have tanned rather heavily, due to aging; former owner's not-unattractive bookplate at the front pastedown endpaper. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Despite some minor flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 376pp. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$19.60

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting.

By Robert McKee.

New York, NY HarperCollins: Regan Books, 1997. Paperback First Edition Thus, later printing. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute flaws: the backstrip is very lightly sunned, but the titles thereon remain bold and clearly legible. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 466pp. First Edition Thus, later printing. Paperback. There are many good works on screenwriting available. I have read several, including those by Field, Seger, and others. They have all been helpful and offer something valuable. By reading several of these books, I have gained much more than reading just one. At the very least I understand the different approaches to story, structure, etc., and am better equipped to employ my own style and method. That said, Story by Robert McKee is the cream of the crop. The book is beautifully written, tremendously insightful. I have gleaned more from this book than any of the others. Anyone with a pen and paper or typewriter can write a screenplay. For those who wish to create a masterwork with feeling characters in compelling situations, this book is a must read. It explains the why and the how, and reveals what we as screenwriters struggle toward: a good story, well told. My only gripe was that I didn't want it to end. So I have started reading it again. My work is decidedly better thanks to Robert McKee's book. Now I fear that any books I read from this point will pale in comparison. I hope that I find another gem, and am proven wrong, but to save others from this fate, I urge you to read this book last!

$68.60

Preparing Effective Reports.

By Lionel D Wyld.

New York, NY Odyssey Press, 1967. Trade Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: several very fine hairline creases to the wrapper covers; former bookseller's price tag affixed to the inside front cover; moderate rubbing; binding square and secure; text clean. No longer 'As New', but remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Large 8vo. 198pp. Academic Press Paperback.

$12.25

How to Write a Blockbuster.
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How to Write a Blockbuster.

By Sarah Harrison.

London, UK Allison & Busby, 1999. Paperback First Ed thus, so stated. First Ed thus, so stated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use; binding square and secure; text clean. Just a hint of creasing at lower front panel; mildest rubbing. Very close to 'As New'. 8vo. 150pp. (Writers' Guides Series). Trade Paperback. The blockbusting novel is the stuff of writers dreams. In How to Write a Blockbuster Sarah Harrison draws on her own experience to tell you what you can do to make that dream into a reality. In this entertaining and inspiring guide she offers advice and observations on: * What constitutes a blockbuster * Ideas * Planning * Working methods * Research * Characterization * Story * Style * Promotion As well as a wealth of practical information, she covers the less-discussed, but equally important areas of attitude, approach, morale and self-motivation.

$19.60

How to Write Clearly and Effectively: A Guide to Everyday Writing in Your Business and Social Life.
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How to Write Clearly and Effectively: A Guide to Everyday Writing in Your Business and Social Life.

By Frank H. McCloskey.

New York, NY Simon & Schuster, 1951. Hardcover First Ed; First Printing, so stated. SPARSE UNDERLINING AND MARGINALIA, mostly in pencil, but a couple of lines underlined in ink. Else, Good+: Shows moderate use. Binding shows slight spine lean; light wear to extremities; mild rubbing; considerable overall soiling; former owner's bookplate at the front paste-down end paper. Binding remains secure; text clean. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 274pp. First Ed; First Printing, so stated. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$4.12

Writing and Selling Fact and Fiction.

By Harry Edward Neal.

New York, NY Wilfred Funk, 1949. Hardcover First Ed; later printing. Good+: Shows moderate use: light wear to extremities; faint rubbing; light soiling; former owner's bookplate at front paste-down endpaper; pages ever so slightly tanned, due to aging. Binding remains square and secure; text clean. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 192pp. Blue paper over boards with gilt titles at backstrip. Hardback: Lacks DJ.

$3.53

The Way to Write: The Art of Writing, Self-Taught, Easily and Enjoyably in Your Spare Time.
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The Way to Write: The Art of Writing, Self-Taught, Easily and Enjoyably in Your Spare Time.

By Rudolf Flesch and A.H. Lass.

New York, NY Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1949. Hardcover Second Ed, Revised & Enlarged. Second Ed, Revised & Enlarged. Very Good+ in Good DJ: Book shows indications of very light use: slightest spine lean; former owner's not untasteful book plate at front paste-down endpaper; some very faint smudges at the top edge; binding secure; text clean. DJ shows fairly heavy wear to extremities, resulting in minor loss due to chipping and a number of small tears; backstrip somewhat toned; price not clipped; mylar-protected. Overall, remains a clean, sturdy, presentable copy in a somewhat tatty DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 342pp. Hardback with DJ.

$7.06

Writing the Mystery: A Start-To-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Profesessional.
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Writing the Mystery: A Start-To-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Profesessional.

By G. Miki Hayden.

Philadelphia, PA Intrigue Press, 2001. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities. Binding shows the slightest lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 235pp. Featuring Interviews with Elmore Leonard, S.J. Rozan, Laura Lippman, Sujata Massey, Rick Riordan and Dale Furutani and other masters of the mystery genre. Trade Paperback.

$5.88

The Literary Workshop: Helps for the Writer.

By Josephine Tucker Baker.

Evanston, IL Correct English Publishing Co. , 1907. Hardcover First Ed; later printing. Very Good: shows light wear to extremities; small, fairly superficial bump at the bottom edge front panel; faint but pervasive soiling; former owner's tasteful bookplate at front pastedown endpaper; the pages have tanned a bit. Binding square and secure; text clean. Despite noted flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 220pp. Yellow cloth with brown letters and decorations. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. Presented as a help to writers with their composition of their work. It gives help with sentences, paragraphs, short stories, humor, capitalization, punctuation, style, repetitiion of words, and other writing helps.

$14.11

Portfolio: Essays for Critical Thinking & Writing.
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Portfolio: Essays for Critical Thinking & Writing.

By Patrick Scanlan.

Palo Alto, CA T. H. Peek Publisher, 1998. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 273pp. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Academic Press Paperback.

$11.76

Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft.

By Natalie Goldberg.

Boulder, CO Sounds True, 2000. Audio Cassette As New in Near Fine Box: Six Cassette Tapes in Colorful Heavy Card Protective Box, which shows very mild rubbing to its sheen. Includes a Promotional Postcard of one of Ms. Goldberg paintings. Product Size: 4.3 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches. Shipping Weight: 9 ounces. Audio Book: Cassette Tapes.

$11.96

Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft.

By Natalie Goldberg.

Boulder, CO Sounds True, 2000. Audio Cassette 'As New' in Near Fine Box: Six Cassette Tapes in a Colorful Heavy Card Pictorial Protective Box, which shows very mild rubbing. Product Size: 4.3 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches. Shipping Weight: 9 ounces. Audio Book: Cassette Tapes.

$10.98