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Learn the inner secrets of selling fiction to an ever-increasing audience of readers! Bestselling author and writing coach James Scott Bell brings you powerhouse techniques and strategies in this collection, much of which is from his popular posts at The Kill Zone blog. PLUS, interviews with some of the best writers working today, including: Sandra Brown, Douglas Preston a Learn the inner secrets of selling fiction to an ever-increasing audience of readers! Bestselling author and writing coach James Scott Bell brings you powerhouse techniques and strategies in this collection, much of which is from his popular posts at The Kill Zone blog. PLUS, interviews with some of the best writers working today, including: Sandra Brown, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, Joseph Finder, Peter Straub, Stephen Coonts, Katherine Neville, Andrew Gross, Lisa Jackson, Kathy Reichs, M.J. Rose If you’re serious about selling your fiction, Fiction Attack! is your battle plan for breakthrough. Praise for the writing instruction of James Scott Bell: "I had a novel with problems I didn't know how to solve. After James Scott Bell's class, I knew the solutions. This was easily the most practical writing class I ever attended. I sold my novel using what I learned." — Darrell James, author of Nazareth Child


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Learn the inner secrets of selling fiction to an ever-increasing audience of readers! Bestselling author and writing coach James Scott Bell brings you powerhouse techniques and strategies in this collection, much of which is from his popular posts at The Kill Zone blog. PLUS, interviews with some of the best writers working today, including: Sandra Brown, Douglas Preston a Learn the inner secrets of selling fiction to an ever-increasing audience of readers! Bestselling author and writing coach James Scott Bell brings you powerhouse techniques and strategies in this collection, much of which is from his popular posts at The Kill Zone blog. PLUS, interviews with some of the best writers working today, including: Sandra Brown, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, Joseph Finder, Peter Straub, Stephen Coonts, Katherine Neville, Andrew Gross, Lisa Jackson, Kathy Reichs, M.J. Rose If you’re serious about selling your fiction, Fiction Attack! is your battle plan for breakthrough. Praise for the writing instruction of James Scott Bell: "I had a novel with problems I didn't know how to solve. After James Scott Bell's class, I knew the solutions. This was easily the most practical writing class I ever attended. I sold my novel using what I learned." — Darrell James, author of Nazareth Child

30 review for Fiction Attack!: Insider Secrets for Writing and Selling Your Novels & Stories For Self-Published and Traditional Authors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonas Saul

    This is a fabulous resource for today's writer. An up-to-date account of writing and publishing by a scholar on the subject. In the interest of honing tools (writers have tools) and examining ideas on this business from other view points (of which there are many), I'd advise all writers to read this James Scott Bell book. Informative - and he makes it fun, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is a compilation of James Scott Bell's blog posts over at the The Kill Zone, plus a section of interviews and some other odds and ends. Overall, I enjoyed it, though it feels disjointed compared to his previous writing books. He didn't merge blog entries on similar subjects, etc. It feels very much like you're reading a blog. He even addresses blog comments in some of them. Makes for an odd read. (I skipped most of the interviews.) The topics run the gamut from beginnings to avoid, scene/cha This is a compilation of James Scott Bell's blog posts over at the The Kill Zone, plus a section of interviews and some other odds and ends. Overall, I enjoyed it, though it feels disjointed compared to his previous writing books. He didn't merge blog entries on similar subjects, etc. It feels very much like you're reading a blog. He even addresses blog comments in some of them. Makes for an odd read. (I skipped most of the interviews.) The topics run the gamut from beginnings to avoid, scene/chapter construction, dissecting a novel to understand pacing, and remaining disciplined in the face of whatever hurdles that life (or your novel) throws your way. He includes some info regarding self-publishing that is current, as well. (He discusses the exclusivity of Amazon KDP, the balance of writing time vs. self-promotion, how to tastefully self-promote, etc.) There's some good food for thought here if you're hungry for more of JSB's wisdom, but I'd recommend some of his other books before this one, particularly The Art of War for Writers, Revision & Self-Editing, and (especially!) Plot & Structure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wilson

    I won this book in a monthly contest. I'm glad I did. I like several of Bell's other books so I knew I would like this one. This is a collection of blog-like posts that strive to inspire and teach indie as well as traditional authors. There is just something about his tone and writing style that makes and writing struggle easy to tackle. I enjoyed the interviews with various authors. For me, it is a good reminder that I can do this. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Lilley

    This wasn’t what I was expecting. It was full of anecdotes and advice from people I’d never heard of. I normally like this author’s books but this wasn’t my style. I’m more of a bullet-point learner. I get bored with too many long examples but I’m sure it will appeal to other writers. I have bought the latest book so I wasn’t put off.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Michael

    A MUST HAVE for aspiring writers. JSB through his Fiction Attack book will challenge, prod, encourage and inspire you to start your writing career. I have just published my first book "The Veil" on Mother's Day 2017. I have completed another 2 books and are currently editing them. So for those aspiring writer, my advice is - GET IT!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    malrubius

    Chronological compilation of articles from Writer's Digest. Funny to see JSB's opinion of self-publishing evolve.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Too many feelings-based opinions, had to skim most of the book. I don’t need to be told to “never give up!”.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Lots of good tips for writing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Blackhurst

    Absolutely loved this book. Chock full of inspiration, ideas, and wisdom. James Scott Bell has quickly become my favorite author to learn from. In a past review on one of his other books I mentioned it seemed like Bell had a negative view of indie authors. After this book, it's clear that was simply from my own insecurites as an indie author at the time. I highly recommend this book to all writers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Shroud

    Good read. Excellent tidbits to improve at the craft. Consisted mainly of the author's blog posts, interviews with various authors, and motivation to keep the dream alive. A little verbose at times, repeating the same advice in different ways, but it got the message through, so I didn't take away from the book for that. Three and a half stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Another great book by James Scott Bell. His 'how to' books have helped me improve. I love his writing style--yes, even with his non-fiction books. To me, his books are page turners. I simply can't put them down. This particular book helped me focus on a couple of problem areas I was having. I can't wait for his next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    James Scott Bell is a master storyteller and Fiction Attack shows the reader how he does it. I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the how and why he wrote his books. There are dozens of techniques and strategies that a serious writer can learn. (From The Kill Zone blog.) This book was very helpful, as I’ve gained much from his teaching. I recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lithvana

    Very enjoyable book for writers

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vikk Simmons

    I have the ebook version.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nate Clabaugh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kami Garcia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley Shead

    A book to go back to again and again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane Dupree-Dempsey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fabrizio Valenza

  24. 5 out of 5

    K.k. Burks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob Bignell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Reed

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Johnson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Simon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cage Dunn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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