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Writing for Love

How to Write a Novel in Eleven Easy Steps

By Chrissie Manby

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

The bestselling author on how to write a novel (also contains exclusive first four chapters of her new novel WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS)

Practical, inspiring, and filled with her trademark wit and charm, Chrissie Manby describes the writing process - from where she gets her ideas to a practical guide to planning the structure of a novel. A must-read for chick-lit fans and aspiring authors. EXCLUSIVE: contains chapters 1-4 of Chrissie's new novel WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS.

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  • ISBN: 9781444757217
  • Publication date: 17 May 2012
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  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton

Praise for WRITING FOR LOVE:

'Writing For Love is a short yet very useful writing guide, drawing on Chrissie's own experiences as a bestselling author to provide some helpful information for those who dream of being published. Even if you're not an aspiring chick-lit novelist, Writing For Love is a great read for Chrissie Manby fans who would like to find out a bit more about the author. I'd highly recommend it. 5/5'

— www.trashionista.com

Praise for Chrissie Manby:

'Be prepared to get completely lost in this deliciously funny read' *****

Heat on CRAZY IN LOVE
'Destined to keep you up until the small hours' **** — Daily Mirror on CRAZY IN LOVE
Smartly written, extremely readable, and gives us a fascinating and funny glimpse into the dark side of love — Heat
'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface . . . A delicious read' — Daily Mail
'Nothing short of brilliant' — Marie Claire
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