Writing to the Point: A Complete Guide to Selling Fiction

The classic work of writing instruction back in print!

The complete, concise guide to writing fiction that sells from one of the most popular instructors of the Writers of the Future and Clarion workshops. Get a master’s competitive edge in the writing business.

Bestselling writer, editor, and renowned writing teacher Algis Budrys, known as “AJ” to his many students, has distilled his fifty years of success into Writing to the Point. Write better stories. Fix mistakes in your current stories.

Writing to the Point contains all the writing articles that appeared in the classic Tomorrow Magazine, re-edited and expanded. Algis Budrys has taught hundreds of people at scores of workshops, and was a well-known critic, editor, and author in his own right.

“AJ’s information is, and always has been, solid gold. Every writer can learn from this book.”

New York Times bestselling author
Kevin J. Anderson

Cover design by Janet McDonald
Cover artwork images by Dollar Photo Club
Art Director Kevin J. Anderson

ORDER Paperback

First printing, 1988

Distributed by WordFire Press
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PO Box 1840
Monument, CO 80132

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN: 978-1-6475-368-1

Copyright 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2015 by Algis Budrys
Originally published by the Unifont Company in several editions

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

WordFire Press
an imprint of WordFire Inc
PO Box 1840
Monument, CO 80132

Electronic version by Baen Books

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