After Paramount Pictures turned Erika Holzer's novel Eye for an Eye into a feature film starring Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris, and directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), she found herself reminiscing about how much she owed her fiction-writing mentor, Ayn Rand.
In 2005 Madison Press published the trade paperback of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher, and ever since it’s been a steady seller on Amazon.com at the price of $20.00. (Reviews can be found at www.amazon.com and at www.erikaholzer.com).
Since that time, the publishing world has changed dramatically—especially because of the advent of eBooks, led by Amazon’s Kindle. Today’s extensive distribution of books through the Internet could not have predicted even a decade ago. The Internet makes it possible for countless readers who prefer using electronic devices over traditional books, to access Kindle and its competitors faster, and at a consistently lower cost.
To reach that market, Madison Press has created an eBook of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher. At the price of $4.99, the eBook contains major portions of the trade paperback edition, omitting only Part Three—which consists of two Erika Holzer short stories, endorsements of her two novels, and six short essays about Ayn Rand and Erika's own writing.
The eBook became available today at Smashwords.com, and will soon be available on Kindle, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardeners, Baker & Taylor, eBook Pie, Apple iPad, Diesel, and most other digital reading devices.
Those readers interested in Part Three are able to purchase the printed version of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher from Amazon.com.
The Table of Contents of the eBook appears below.
Table of Contents
Four years as Ayn Rand’s literary protégé
Part One: The “What”
Lawyer versus writer: a foot in both world
Make room for passion
Pitfalls and traps
Eye for an Eye: back on track
Part Two: The “How”
Stoking your subconscious
Avoiding false starts
Interviewing: subcategory of research
Plot, plot and plot
Take your inspiration where you find it
Style: the “how” of a story
Romantic realism versus naturalism
All of Rand’s novels have heroes
There are heroes . . . and heroes
Ayn Rand’s famous “crow epistemology”
A dynamic combination
Sense of life: “a profoundly personal matter”
The moral of the story
About the Author