100 Days (Or Less) Part Two: Who Is John Coyne?

Why listen to me? That is a good question.  Here is why you should take my advice on how to write a book in 100 days. Here are some of my qualifications.

I have written 25 published book, fiction, non-fiction, collections, guide books, instructional books. I have written award winning and New York Times Best Seller novels of mystery, horror, romance, historical fiction, and fiction, and non-fiction about golf: www.johncoynebooks.com. I wrote all of these books within a three month period. My novels have been published in eight foreign countries. (I also wrote 7 novels before publishing one and could paper a wall with the rejection slips I have received from some of the best magazines and publishing companies in the world! I know what it means to get rejected.)

I have two degrees in English literature and have taught creative writing at the high school, college level, and on the Internet. I have published articles in hundreds of national magazines, including Smithsonian, Glamour, TV Guide, Redbook, Travel & Leisure. I have published short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and have had my short stories included in a half dozen anthologies. I have written essays for a wide range of newspapers, including The Washington Post  and The Chicago Tribune. I have appeared on radio and television talking about writing and my books. I have conducted writing workshops in dozens of U.S. cities, and taught English and writing in Africa.

My latest novel was published in 2008 and entitled, The Caddie Who Played With Hickory. It was published by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin’s Press. I am now under contract for another novel that will be published in 2011.

I know what I am talking about. I know what gets published and why it gets published. I can help you write your novel. A novel that might make it possible for you to quit your current job and write full time. It has happened to other writers, and it could happen to you.

How many times have you finished reading a book and said, “I could have written that.” You know what? You’re right. All of us carry at least one book around in our heads or our hearts. Novelist Toni Morrison put it this way: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Writing a book is no easy task. Nevertheless, every day another memoir is published, another history book or mystery finds the light of day. Last year more than 250,000 books were published in the United States. So, why not yours?

What you only need to write a book is the ability to write a simple English sentence (after all, that’s what Ernest Hemingway wrote in all his novels), are alert to the world around you, and want to write a novel – really want to, not just kind of want to write – then you can do it.

I don’t think anybody ever became a writer by going to a workshop, reading a book, or even reading this article. Writing comes from something inside a person.

This creative writing course on the Internet is a course that you can take at your our pace, and in your own time. And I will give you the skills and techniques to write your book. It is a course for people who want to write but never been in a writing workshop or majored in English literature. It is a course for those people who have something to say and want to say it as a novel or as non-fiction. It is a course for those writers who need to write!

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