Invaluable book, simply invaluable. I recommend you read the first two chapters, then read the five novels Albert tells you to read, then finish reading the book, then reread the novels he listed, then study them according to the exercises in the book, then read the new updated edition of the book (I will buy it so I can reread it at leisure), then give gifts to book gods who have sent this book to you to help you change your writing career and produce a bestseller. Because the recipe for it is in this book, and it takes an agent with years of experience to point out things that are obvious yet rarely enter your writing mind since you're not the one who sells, you're the one who writes. Especially useful are the four outlines of Ken Follett's novel, complete with analysis. Just what I needed to help me with my outline—an example of how it's done behind the scenes. Can't recommend this book enough. Go buy it. Better yet, go buy the new edition for yourself and all your writer friends. And send me cookies. You're welcome.