Once again the book was packed full of incredibly useful information and when I have my next book ready to send to the publishers and agents on my list, I will refer back to it often. However, I also found the writing models and suggestions to be rigid and the selections of books chosen to make his points were usually my least favorite parts of the books I had read. As an example, when discussing description Marshall used a section of Anne Rice’s “Queen of the Damned” to make his point. The part he selected is a Baby Jenks description of arriving at the coven house that had been destroyed. Baby Jenks was one of my least favorite parts of the book, because she pulled away from the focus characters and to me was superfluous. Lestat never meets her and who she meets could have interacted with another character which we already knew as well. Another of his choices for description was a passage from Jaws, which has some descriptive passages that marvelously described the normal and lace the scene with malice waiting just off frame. However, he pick a bland, vanilla, flan part of the book.

The book left me confused about my writing style and at turns angered because if this is what agents are looking for I might really have a hard time with my next book getting published, because I need to tell more than it appears the agents are looking for in a story. I want my books to be for someone who feasts on a novel and expects to be full to the point of being overstuffed when they have finished. I am not sure I can write for those who only want a fast food meal that they will not remember eating. So, read this if you are confident in your style and are sure of your ability to entertain all readers. Otherwise, I would recommend this for someone who is struggling with being rejected continuously, and needs help with getting the rejection letters to stop arriving in the mail. For the first time author, it can be a bit of a 'wind-in-your-sails' killer.