John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) Publishes: How To Write A Novel in 100 Days


With tips about agents, editors, publishers and self-publishing

By John Coyne

“You start John Coyne’s book for the advice, and you keep reading for the stories – tales from the fertile and barren desks of great writers past and present. Did you know that Katherine Ann Porter began Ship of Fools by writing the last page, and then spent twenty years finishing the novel? Read this book and avoid the same fate.”

Peter Hessler, Staff Writer for The New Yorker, author of River Town, and MacArthur Genius Award Winner

Everybody’s got a great story in them, but most of us don’t know how to get that story out. In How to Write a Novel in 100 Days, novelist and teacher John Coyne explains — with wit and sass and not just a little bit of inside knowledge — the process that begins with vague idea and ends happily ever after, i.e. with published book.

Sara Nelson, Editorial Director,

For anyone who has a story that needs to be told … or who dreams of writing and publishing a novel … or who has ever thought, “I could have written that book!” Now there is a practical, inspirational and dependable guidebook that will skillfully coach the first-time novelist from idea stage to publishable manuscript.

how-to-writeIn HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS, seven-time bestselling author and veteran writing teacher John Coyne guides the beginning or experienced novelist with a proven daily formula that he has used to write and publish a dozen widely read novels. Packed with advice, tips, encouragement, tasks, wisdom, questions and inspiration from Day 1 to Day 100, Coyne’s easy-to-follow manual will steer writers of all abilities to a finished, full-length, publishable manuscript in just over three months.

“The only two things you need to write a novel are the ability to write a simple English sentence and the desire to write,” says Coyne in the book’s introduction. “You can do it.” That fundamental belief and Coyne’s unwavering encouragement permeate HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS. It’s like having your own personal writing coach constantly at your side.

Coyne has devoted a lifetime to the written word-as a student, a writer, an author, an editor and a teacher. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature. He has been published in national magazines such as Smithsonian, Glamour, TV Guide and Travel & Leisure. He is the bestselling author of 12 novels and a total of more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction in many genres, including mystery, horror, romance, sports, history and instructional/how to.

Coyne’s novels include:: The Caddie Who Won the Masters, The Caddie Who Played with Hickory, The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, Child of Shadows, Fury, The Hunting Season, Brothers & Sisters, The Shroud, Hobgoblin, The Searing, The Piercing, The Legacy.desk-top

Coyne’s impressive teaching credentials are also evident in his newest book. He has taught creative writing at the high school and college levels, conducted writing workshops in major cities throughout the United States, and taught English and writing in Africa.

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS is the culmination of Coyne’s vast experience and success as a novelist and a teacher, an indispensable guide that will help “unlock” amazing stories waiting to be told by anyone who dares to be a writer.

TITLE: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 100 DAYS: With tips about agents, editors, publishers and self-publishing

AUTHOR: John Coyne
PUBLISHER: A Peace Corp Writers Book
PRICE: (paper $15) (Kindle $4)
PAGES: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-935925-27-9

What established authors have said about How to Write a Novel in 100 Days

This book is the perfect prescription for anyone who has ever dreamed of writing a novel. With quotes from the masters on how they did it and an easy to follow road map to a completed manuscript, it’s a coach, a guide, and a literary best friend. This is sound, entertaining writing advice, drawn from those who know the journey well. Stick to these steps and you’ll have soon climbed the mountain of writing your own book.

Tony D’Souza, author of Whiteman, Mule

I wish I had had How to Write a Novel in 100 Days before I started my latest book. It took me ten years to write this novel.

Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul and winner of the 1986 National Book Award for Easy in the Islands

John Coyne steers aspiring writers up the thrilling spiral staircase that leads to a completed novel, all the while offering crucial cautionary advice against the temptation to take a breather in those kiss-of-death rest stops.

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Girls of Tender Age:  A Memoir

All aspiring writers struggle to balance their writing and working lives, especially in a world filled with digital distractions. John Coyne takes us back to the basics with simple time management strategies, actionable writing tips and practical worksheets. A powerful toolkit for time-strapped scribblers.

Jason Boog, Editor GallyCat

How to Write A Novel in 100 Days is filled with sound counsel. John Coyne’s book can help anyone get onto paper (or into a computer) the book they’ve always meant to write.

Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write and The Writer’s Book of Hope

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