Flogging the Quill
Crafting a Novel that Sells

Flogging the Quill writing book by Ray Rhamey

“It's a must-have for any novelist, published or aspiring.” NYT bestseller Tess Gerritsen.

"An invaluable ‘workshop in a book’ for anyone seeking to hone their storytelling skills." Midwest Book Review

I've read many submissions that were near-misses. If the writers had had the benefit of this book, they'd be published right now.” Laura Abbott, managing editor, Amber Quill Press

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Flogging the Quill
Crafting a Novel that Sells

“A must-have for any novelist.” Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

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Revolving-door courts spit felons back onto streets uncaught, unreformed. Madmen and madchildren kill us with terrifying firepower.

But that’s changing in the Pacific Northwest—until the forces of the status quo strike back. A speculative thriller. Guaranteed provocative.

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Gripping political thriller. “Fast-paced yet thought-provoking, muscular in style and ingenious in worldview.”

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Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling  is

  • a one-book remedy for a host of beginner-novelist ailments
  • a tune-up for published authors
  • a resource for editors and their clients

What writers say:

This is one of the outstanding "how to" books about writing. I keep it right beside two other favorites, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Dave King and Renni Browne and On Writing by Stephen King. It is full of meaningful examples and clear, concise explanations of what to do, what not to do, and how to improve one's writing.

Ray's book has a lot of important insights for emerging writers who want to take their craft skills to the next level. His advice on experiential description is on par with Donald Maass's 'micro tension' advice—critical to delivering top-shelf writing.

As an independent editor of book manuscripts, I feel compelled to say I think this is the best how-to book I've read about writing since I was assigned Strunk & White's "Elements of Style" in freshman journalism class. Especially useful for writers of fiction and memoir. I'm urging all my authors to get it.

I'm mad at this book. Know why? Because it's one of the best I've read about crafting compelling novels, and it's telling me that I have to revise my own novel yet again. The examples are clear and unusually frequent. For example, you won't read pages of theory before being shown exactly what is meant by creating tension. If you're writing a novel you hope will sell to an agent, then to a publisher, and finally to a great many readers, Rhamey's realistic advice will help you.

Rhamey doesn't just tell you what to do, he shows you with concrete examples and a humorous touch. I learned more from this book than I have from all the other books on writing I've read so far combined.

These quotes are from reviews for the progenitor of “Mastering the Craft,” which was “Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells.” Mastering takes the content of the original FtQ and adds more—more coaching, more exercises, more information.

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