The Writer's Rules by Helen G. Brown
The Power Of Positive Prose--how To Create It And Get It Published

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Helen Gurley Brown is the original Cosmo girl: a savvy, attractive woman with a clear idea of what she wants and the confidence she'll get it. With an unstoppable combination of charm and ever-more-effective communication skills, she rose steadily from ad-agency secretary to sought-after copywriter to bestselling author and Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan -- the world's largest-circulation young women's magazine. Every aspect of her career has had to do with communicating by words.In her decades as a publishing superstar, she has assigned and edited thousands of pieces by writers of all kinds, from seasoned professionals who needed just a little help with polishing their words to talented beginners with a good idea but not much experience. She gave them all the same straightforward advice -- and now she shares it with everyone who wants to write clear, effective, colorful, memorable prose.
 

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Helen Marie Gurley was born in Green Forest, Arkansas on February 18, 1922. She studied briefly at Texas State College for Women, but did have the money to continue. She graduated from secretarial school in 1941. She held numerous secretarial jobs before becoming an advertising copywriter. In 1959 she married David Brown, a former managing editor of Cosmopolitan and a Hollywood producer. Her first book, Sex and the Single Girl, was published in 1962 and inspired a movie of the same title starring Natalie Wood, which was released in 1964. She was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965 until 1997 and is credited with being the first to introduce frank discussions of sex into magazines for women. Her other books include Sex and the Office, Helen Gurley Brown's Single Girl's Cookbook, Sex and the New Single Girl, Having It All, I'm Wild Again, and The Late Show. She died on August 13, 2012 at the age of 90.
 
Published August 5, 1998 by William Morrow. 160 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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She shamelessly pads this perfunctory primer with sample resumes and job application letters, plus pointers on writing love letters, fan letters, condolence and thank-you letters.

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