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“The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” –– American crime novelist Mickey Spillane
When you write a novel, you want your readers to be so thrilled by the ending of your story that they immediately buy your next book. And then they tell all their friends about it.
But if your ending flops and your readers are dissatisfied, the only thing they will be telling their friends is: “Don’t buy this book!”
So how do you write an ending to your story that leaves your reader feeling thrilled and fulfilled?
We have a special guest returning to the show today. He is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the author of more than 20 books for writers, including the #1 bestseller Plot & Structure. Other books you may be familiar with include Writing Unforgettable Characters, Writing Your Book from the Middle, and The Last 50 Pages.
James Scott Bell, welcome back to the Christian Publishing Show!
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You can listen to this episode How to Write the Last 50 Pages of Your Book with James Scott Bell on Christian Publishing Show.