All I Want for Christmas is to READ THIS NEXT

I am SO excited.

While casually browsing writing-related YouTube videos last Monday I accidentally stumbled upon the “bookfomerical” for one of my favorite books, How Not To Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark (which I reviewed here). This led me to their site,, where I discovered that they’ve written a new book and – yippeeeee! – it’s out here on December 2nd, aka TODAY.

(And what I really love is how the UK cover is the cover of How Not To Write a Novel with a big “sticker” on it. It goes perfectly with their brand of wry humor. Genius, People Who Think Up Book Covers. GENIUS. )

I am running to my nearest bookshop to pick this up right now. While I do that, you can –

Watch the bookformerical for Read This Next:

and read this text lifted straight from their website:

Our new book, Read This Next, will be published in the US on November 2 and in the UK on December 2 (to allow for Daylight Savings Time). Here are just some of the things people have been saying about it:

“Easily the most entertaining guide to great reading.”

“So good it will probably increase in value, making it a fine investment opportunity.”

“If you only read one book this year, you’re probably not in the demographic we’re looking for, so never mind.”

Okay, they were people in the publicity department, but they’re still people as far we’re concerned, and Read This Next is still a very entertaining look at over 500 great books you might have missed. It was written to be of equal use to people in book groups, people not in book groups, and their friends.Read This Next provides funny, provocative questions to consider, intriguing historical and biographical details about authors and their times, and the signature humor that has made How Not To Write A Novel a favorite in three languages and any number of dialects.

Order it from here or from The Book Depository here.

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