GARY PROVOST

“The Writer’s Writer”

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A SAMPLING:

100 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing With Style and Power
A complete course in writing — simplified, of course, because Gary's the guy who "wrote the book". Since its 1985 publication, this gem has been a treasured little handbook. Designed for both instant reference and cover-to-cover reading.

Print, and eBook.



MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT
Considered by many writers as their "Bible" for both fiction and nonfiction. Topics include: style, use of jargon, avoiding cliches, tone, intention, characterization, credibility, description, dialogue, viewpoints, and many more. Gary guides you to speak to the reader in his or her own language and control their reaction. It's about writing that works!

Now available for your Kindle and eBook reader.




BEYOND STYLE: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing

To write like a pro, you must reach beyond the classroom basics of composition, get a grip on the more complex concepts, and learn how to create books, articles, and stories that move—not only from the editor’s desk to the bookstore, but also in the minds of your readers. Gary helps you tackle that tough task. Here you’ll touch the soul of fine fiction and nonfiction. You’ll explore the intangibles: the relationships between form and content, proportion and pacing, slant and theme. And you’ll gain a new perspective on how words work together. (A favorite!)



HOW TO TELL A STORY

Drawing on Gary's proven philosophies, and based on Gary's intensive WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP course, Peter Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. Through advice, exercises, and an outstanding array of examples, you learn to create gripping narratives powered by strong characters. Discover secrets of sequencing, weaving subplots into rich stories, manipulating story pace to increase conflict, tension, and surprise. And so much more!





HOW TO WRITE AND SELL TRUE CRIME

Fascinated by unusual crime stories? Want to know how to determine which stories have book potential? And how you can ferret out the details, the motives, and the psychological dramas that make up these crimes? Here, Gary walks you through the entire process. From headlines depicting an unthinkable crime in a local community, a skilled writer can weave a full-length book--developing the characters, determining the motives, reporting on the judgment. You'll learn that skilled writer could be you.




THE FREELANCE WRITER’S HANDBOOK

Gary was one of the nation's leading, most beloved writing instructors, and a highly versatile, productive freelance writer. No wonder an agent had contacted him to write this book. (Sought-after speaker. Writer's Digest contributing writer and columnist. Consultant. Celebrity biographer. Freelancer of thousands of articles and columns. Author of dozens of books covering most every genre. Book doctor. Etc.) This handbook contains a wealth of timeless information on leads, query letters, markets and making money from your writing. While some references and methods are outdated, you'll discover plenty of wisdom about what you still need to know to successfully write for publication. (And for new writers, this book will shed light on how "things" in publishing have evolved!)

ACROSS THE BORDER

An account of the 1989 horrific murder of Texas college student Mark Kilroy and twelve others. Evidence suggest they were human sacrifices by a satanic cult in Matamoros, Mexico. (One of the earliest "instant" true crime paperbacks by publisher, Dutton.)





BAFFLED IN BOSTON

Gary's comic mystery novel, to have been the first of a series, contracted with Bantam Books. About burned-out true-crime writer Scotty Scotland who has been abandoned by his wife, ordered to give up coffee by his doctor, and (according to his latest review), should also give up writing while he's at it. But when his best friend Molly, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, is murdered, Scotty must get out of his pajamas and into action to find the killer.

(Inspired by Gary's true-life experience of being one of seven finalists in the Chicago Sun Times' national search to replace advice columnist Ann Landers.)

(This was his final work of fiction.)

(Now in production to be an Audible Book.)

FINDER: THE TRUE STORY OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Hailed by Esquire as one of the "men and women under forty who are changing the face of America," Marilyn Greene's story is riveting true adventure. Here is the compelling account of how she uses her instincts and her experience to find "hopelessly lost" individuals; surprising techniques about how and where to look for missing persons; and the tools of her trade, from specially trained dogs to publicly available directories and maps. FINDER is an invaluable resource on missing-person cases — and spellbinding reading.






David and Max


Highly-acclaimed as an"instant classic." Twelve-year-old David takes his basketball along on summer vacation, hoping to find a court and some friends at the beach community. Whatever happens, he knows he can count on Max, his grandfather, for good times and lots of laughs. He finds much more. Unexpectedly, David and Max, along with David’s new friend Candy, become caught up in a search for a man Max thought had died in the Holocaust. Slowly, David learns about Max’s terrible years during World War II, information that Max had never intended to tell. As he comes to terms with Max’s horrific memories, David grows to understand more about the meaning of honesty—and about himself.

POPCORN

For middle-schoolers, this upbeat novel features three musically gifted 7th grade pals, and POPCORN's quest to have a hit record. Twelve-year-old Mark Newman, Popcorn's leader and keyboard player, has dreamed about it so much that it seems real. His best friends—Missy, on drums, and Richard, on guitar—are not so sure a record company would ever be impressed enough to sign them up. But Markie knows that when their band plays, people feel happy. And with his martial arts teacher's encouragement, Mark learns to focus on making the dream a reality. No matter what.


BOGART: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER

Combining the drama of Humphrey Bogart’s life with that of a son whose path of reconciliation first had to move through a very difficult time, this is biography at its best—at once a loving tribute and a fascinating revelation. This ebook edition includes photographs directly from Stephen Bogart's personal collection.












LEARN FROM GARY'S VIDEO COURSE


Comprehensive, breakthrough course. 23 step-by-step units. For writers of novels and narrative nonfiction...available in both DVD and MP3 formats. (Gary references selections from BAFFLED IN BOSTON, GOOD IF IT GOES, and DAVID AND MAX.)


FICTION and YOUNG ADULT



GARY’S BOOKS

Instruction for Writers

Gary’s invaluable, easy-to-use handbook helps you solve any and all writing problems — whether you are a student, business person or professional writer. Timeless!

Another timeless guide to help you fashion your own creative style by avoiding weak and wasted words.

“A crystallization of Gary Provost’s writing wisdom... philosophy made practical.”
—Writer’s Digest Books

Strong Characters. Conflict. Surprise. Master the cornerstones of great writing.

Master techniques of ripping stories from the headlines for fun and profit.

The Freelance Writer's Handbook contains a wealth of information on leads, query letters, markets and making money off of writing.
Fiction

The most popular of Gary's novels is now available as an eBook.

Gary and Gail's second collaboration. An inspiring book for young people, and people young at heart, who dare to dream big.