Your First Novel: A Top Agent and a Published Author Show You How to Write Your Book and Get It Published

Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb, and Camille Goldin
Published in 2018
by Writer’s Digest Books

This revised and expanded edition, with a foreword by novelist Dennis Lehane, is a thorough and practical how-to guide for writing a first novel divided into two parts. The first section, written by young adult novelist Laura Whitcomb, provides guidance through the writing process from initial ideas and preparations, to fleshing out the plot and going through revisions. The second section, written by literary agent Ann Rittenberg, goes through the steps of acquiring and working with an agent to the publication of a first book. Interspersed are writing exercises, tips, and firsthand accounts from authors sharing their experiences in publishing.