The Short Fuse Guide to Plotting Your Novel

Literary agent Connor Goldsmith walks you through plotting a commercial novel that will grip readers from the very start and not let go until the book (or series) ends. Filled with examples from current bestsellers and beloved classics, this guide shows you:

* How to hook your reader from the first page

* The three-act structure and how to expand on it to fit the needs of the audience

* Plot points and how they work

* How and where to apply twists

* Plot devices that keep the reader wanting more

* Traits and relationships that make for strong, memorable characters

* Common pitfalls to avoid

* And more

Short Fuse Guides offer insider tips and tricks for writers, written by agents and covering different areas of the ever-changing publishing industry.