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    Why do some books attract readers while others don't? What are the essential qualities of an irresistible read, a story people can't wait to start? And what's the secret to attracting a literary agent or publishing deal? The answer to all three questions is: Premise. A powerful premise is what separates ordinary novels from best sellers. William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.

    ©2015 William Bernhardt Writing Programs, Inc. (P)2015 Babylon Books

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    • Troy
    • 24/07/2015

    Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series

    Another homerun in the Red Sneaker series. These books are short, fast, and direct, with all of the extraneous bells and whistles left out. They're instantly applicable and generally take less than 3 hours to read. The end-chapter exercises are as invaluable as the information.

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    • Judith E. Prueitt
    • 30/07/2015

    I still hate this guy....

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yet another mind blowing experience from Wm Bernhardt's Red Sneaker Series. Over the past 2 years I've read about, no joke thirty books on writing. Most of them good solid books advising young, (scratch that) fledgling writers. In February of this year I started reading The RSS, Red Sneaker Series. Bernhardt gives me that little tap on the Bell (pun intended) that starts to make sense. Every one of the RSS, is a smack in the gut to my writing. I stop for a few day catch my writers breath, then delete a few thousand words, rewrite, tightening up my plot, dialogue, structure, style, character, and now premise. I got to tell you when I wake up from dead sleep and say out loud. "There's more to premise than just a theme." Yeah, this guys good... real good.

    What other book might you compare Powerful Premise to and why?

    Fiction Attack, by James Scott Bell, another good solid writer with an intuitive understanding of story. Creator of the LOCK method of writing which has become the engine of a lot of modern fiction.

    Which character – as performed by William Bernhardt – was your favorite?

    Himself...

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Premise is more than just theme

    Any additional comments?

    Buy the books... you'll thank yourself once you do.

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    • drew
    • 06/01/2016

    beyond premise

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It helps authors to package their work.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It goes beyond premise. The information provided about editors and publishers is a welcomed bonus.

    Any additional comments?

    Buy the series.

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    • M. Pittore
    • 21/10/2015

    solid information

    I enjoyed the content and the performance. The has the experience and this audiobook was informative and inspiring.

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    • Allison-Marie Dunlap
    • 21/11/2015

    Good Advice, but...

    He gives advice to make your writing more marketable. The advice isn't bad. However, he gives little advice to make your writing better. Marketable and good are two different things, and he fails to make that distinction. Many examples of books that sold well are used in the text, and he talks about what made them successful. This is fine, like I said the advice is good. However, fails to recognize that while, yes, these books sold, that they were from a writing and literary standpoint, terrible. I would like to be taken seriously as a real author, not be the next Stephanie Meyer. Also, I resent being told that I need to read "A Tale of Two Cities" by someone who fails to get the main character's name right. Sydney Carton is the character he is referring to. Charles is Lucy's husband. However, it seems this error was corrected in the kindle edition.

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    • Virginia
    • 20/07/2015

    You cannot do without this one

    I love the series. I am so happy I found this author's series of books. Not a bunch of filler stuff, just concise facts that get the job done in a memorable engaging way.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/12/2019

    Essential read for writers!

    This is the third book I've read in The Red Sneakers series and I've loved all three. Found this particular book incredibly valuable and plan to listen to it multiple times. As the book unfolds you will find yourself understanding and brainstorming ideas/concepts which will take your story to the next level.
    The Red Sneakers books on writing are a must for authors.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 10/11/2018

    This is awesome writing advice

    Quick and to the point, Bernhardt reads his own work in an engaging manner without any pretentiousness. The individual topics covered are essential for novelists and he has no problem with telling the listener how to write genre fiction that could be a powerful read as well as possibly commercially successful.

    I not only want the rest of the books in this series, I also want them all as ebooks in order to highlight passages and have the written exercises in front of me.

    This will be a reread every time I start a new novel or any other work of fiction.

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    • deedee5249
    • 10/08/2018

    POWERFUL PREMISE

    If you’re thinking about becoming a writer and have no formal education in the matter, or just need a different prospective, William Bernhardt’s series (I’ve read 4 so far) is a definite must. In layman’s terms, he captures the necessary ingredients in writing all genres on page to make you a much better writer. And yes, he responded with digital copies of your purchased Red Sneaker books to take full advantage of his visual learning tools.

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    • Deborah Green
    • 11/03/2018

    Succinct and to the point

    When reading craft books I want information, not pontification; this book meets my needs. It tells me what to do, how to do it and why I need to do it. As a result, I’ve bought all the author’s books and am extremely satisfied.