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Joy Fielding: A book in a sound bite

The New York Times-bestselling crime writer on the importance of summing it all up.

"Once you have an idea for a book, you need to be able to sum it up in one or two sentences. For motivation, think of it as one of those brief summaries on The New York Times Bestseller List. It is my belief that if you are unable to sum your book up in twenty-five words or less, then you really don't know what your book is about, and if you don't know, you certainly can't expect your readers to figure it out."

Joy Fielding is The New York Times best-selling author of twenty-three novels, including See Jane Run, Mad River Road, and her most recent book, Now You See Her. Her next novel, Shadow Creek, will be published in January 2013. She is an Ambassador for Literacy, an initiative of ABC Life Literacy Canada.

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