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Flogging the Quill Crafting a Novel that Sells


8 1/2” by 11”, 256 pages, paperback, $19.95. Sections on Storytelling, Description, Dialogue, Writing Techniques, Word Usage, Editing Exercises, and Computer Tips. See Contents in free PDF sample.

NYT bestseller Tess Gerritsen,
The Keepsake

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It’s a winner! For some time now, I've been a fan of "Flogging the Quill," Rhamey's excellent blogsite about the how-to's of writing. Now he's compiled his expertise into a writing guide, and it's a must-have for any novelist--published or just aspiring. It's one of the most readable, entertaining books on writing out there. Whether you're writing your first novel or your twentieth, this book will provide the kick you need to start writing--and keep writing.

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Editor/Publisher Laura Abbott,
Amber Quill Press

As an owner and managing editor of a publishing company, 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.

Witty, funny, and engaging, this is a must-read for the burgeoning storyteller and serious novelist. It's a necessity for all editors who seek to nurture their writing clients.

Literary agent Dan Conaway,
Writers House

Learn the critical art of revision--ruthless and rigorous self-editing--from a man who understands the art better than most. If you’re ready to do the work, Ray Rhamey’s book provides the sort of practical, sensible advice that really can help you become a better writer.

Author Therese Walsh,
The Last Will of Moira Leahy (Random House, Fall 2009)

A wonderful resource. I wish I’d had this book a few years ago, because I had to figure a lot of stuff out for myself. There are great writing books out there, but there is something more accessible about Ray’s. This book doctor whips out his prescription pad to offer user-friendly and sensible solutions for lifeless or overworked prose.

Editor/publisher Lou Aronica President, The Fiction Studio, former editor & publisher, Berkley Publishing Group & Avon Books

Ray Rhamey’s advice to writers is excellent. Writers will learn a great deal from the pages of this book. Rhamey offers the kind of advice that could make a huge difference in a writer's prospects."

Author Kathleen Bolton,
Confessions of a First Daughter
HarperCollins, Fall 2009, as Cassidy Calloway

Endlessly useful. This editing book belongs right up there with Sol Stein, and (Rennie) Browne and (Dave) King. Ray Rhamey's approach to the craft of writing focuses on the most important aspect of fiction: storytelling. Advice is doled out with dollops of humor and gallons of common sense.

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