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Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots

Get Plotto! The Perfect Gift for the Writer in Your Life

Originally published in 1928, William Wallace Cook’s classic how-to manual Plotto is one writer’s personal method, painstakingly diagrammed for the benefit of others. The theory itself may be simple—“purpose, opposed by Obstacle, yields Conflict”—but Cook takes his “Plottoist” through hundreds of situations and scenarios, guiding the reader’s hand through a dizzying array of possible plot directions. This edition features a new introduction by Paul Collins.

* Enter to win a free copy of Plotto…just leave a comment on this blog post

* Get $25 in co-op on orders of five or more copies of Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots

Offer available when Plotto is used in a display, December 1, 2011-January 31,2012.

Co-op claims must be submitted directly to Laura Roberts via fax (510-809-3777) or email (laura.roberts@pgw.com) no later than January 31, 2012

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  7. Harvee Lau says:

    I’m trying to write a mystery and a novel and would love this book.

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  8. Cynthia says:

    I’d love to win a copy! Thanks!

  9. Jeffrey Potter says:

    As a high school Creative Writing teacher, my students and I would relish the chance to delve into such a wealth of plot scenarios. Carry on!

  10. Lee says:

    sounds very interesting!

  11. Nancy Schleh says:

    My writer needs this!

  12. This sounds amazing! I wonder what different books would happen if you gave ten writers the same scenario out of these pages?


  13. Kathy Reed says:

    Would love to take a look at this

  14. Noatak says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the contest.

  15. Debra says:

    Am developing a grad course on plot and would like to take a look at this.

  16. Ryan McKay says:

    In it to win it ;-)

  17. Scott Asher says:

    I’d love to read this.

  18. Sophie S says:

    I would love to win a copy!

  19. Would enjoy reading this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  20. Loreli says:


  21. Julie says:

    Sounds intriguing.

  22. What a terrific find! Our library has a writer’s group and I’m sure they’d love to peruse this.

  23. This would be really great. I would love to get a copy and post a discussion/review of it on my book blog. Thanks!

  24. Vanesa says:

    Totaly want that book! I hope to get a copy

  25. Brooke Somerville says:

    Sounds indispensable to me; I can’t wait to see a copy!

  26. Lisa says:

    Great idea. Sign me up!

  27. Pamela says:

    This sounds fantastic!

  28. Alyssa says:

    I want that book.

  29. Mel says:

    Who needs a winning lotto ticket! This is better!

  30. Jesslyn says:

    This sounds great!

  31. Julia says:

    Please enter me. Sounds great.

  32. Amber Polo says:

    I need this book!

  33. Elle says:

    Please enter me – this sounds to good to be true!

  34. Norma Vieweg says:

    I’d love to read this book. I do a lot of writing, but get stuck at the plots twists and turns. I’ve never published anything, but maybe this book would help me with making my stories better. Thanks

  35. Raquel P says:

    Can’t believe I never heard of this before reading my Shelf Awareness newsletter today. Sounds fantastic.

  36. Lari Bishop says:

    I can’t believe I was unaware of this title before now.

  37. Susan Ungham says:

    I would love to win this for my library’s budding writer, Kym Lucas. Watch out for her name!!

  38. MC Bradley says:

    With all these plottotudes flying around one might get drunk on them, or should I say, plottoed!

  39. gwendolyn b. says:

    This sounds wonderful! These sort of classic cannot be improved upon. I’d love to add this to my writing library.

  40. Alex says:

    Very interesting. I hadn’t heard of this book previously, but now I would like to read it.

  41. Prehaps this could cure my writers block…

  42. I think you Otto send me a copy! I’d love to read it.

  43. Melissa says:

    This sounds like an interesting read!

  44. Linda Johnson says:

    Plotto is de Rigueur!

  45. Diana says:

    Plotto makes the world go round, the world go round, even in 2011 or 12!

  46. Melissa says:

    I really need to get plottoed.

  47. Rachel says:

    I want.

  48. Ian Seaman says:

    Could be a useful addition to the library

  49. Ainsley says:

    I want Plotto!

  50. Jen Mills says:

    I’ve always wanted to write but lack the self confidence to get it on paper. Would love to have this, a great help to get words on the paper! Thank you for the opportunity!

  51. Angie says:

    Sounds like an interesting read! I would love to review this one for our local newspaper.

  52. gaby says:

    Sounds really helpful! Thanks for chance to win the book.

  53. It sounds like a gold mine for found poems.

  54. It sounds to me like a goldmine for found poems.

  55. Nancina says:

    Want to read this and love the cover. This might become a board game as well!

  56. James says:

    Very excited to read this book

  57. Alicia says:

    I would love a copy of this book to help with my fiction writing, and I’ll discuss it on my website for writers. Thanks!

  58. Lyndsey says:

    I could definitely use a copy of this book! So excited!!

  59. We have quite a few local authors in the area who would definitely benefit from this book.

  60. Davida Breier says:

    I need all the help I can get!

  61. Writer m says:

    I would really like to use this book and I know other writers who would like it too.

  62. Michelle says:

    I’d love to own a copy of this book!

  63. Margie says:

    Wow, I write but never seem to get the plot and the writing on track. I need a book like this

  64. Margie says:

    Wow, I’m trying to write but never can get the plot to fit with the story. I need something like this.

  65. I din’t know books like this exist – wonderful!

  66. Jen Moore says:

    Yes, please! This looks fantastic, I will have to buy a copy for my library.

  67. Samantha Smith says:

    Looks like fun!

  68. Yes please – looks brilliant!

  69. Lexi says:

    This sounds so interesting- can’t believe I have never heard of this book before! Thanks for the chance! :)

  70. Emily Peros says:

    I can’t believe i’ve never come across this book before! it sounds like such an interesting tool for writers!

  71. Would love to review a copy!!

  72. Linda Mercer says:

    So interesting! Who knew?

  73. Nafiza says:

    I would love a copy as well.

  74. Harvee Lau says:

    I’m struggling with a plot right now for a first time mystery. Would love to have and review this book…

  75. Denise says:

    Oh what fun!I would very much like a copy!

  76. Kristen Bentley says:

    I would love to use this book in my classroom. It sounds great!

  77. Audra says:

    Looks wildly fun — might be helpful for the secret novelist in all of us!

  78. Barbara says:

    I would love to check this out.

  79. Chris says:

    Plotto looks like a fun read. I want to check it out.

  80. Kate Branch says:

    I’ve been stuck for about six months on my start of a novel. My best friend just got a three book contract with Houghton Mifflin, which has filled me with the desire to get back to writing. I would REALLY love to have a copy of this book. Also, I’m a bookseller and Reviewer for Lily’s Books. Thanks!

  81. M.J. Rose says:

    I’d love to win a book and then tweet/facebook about it if its as cool as it sounds. I have over 7000 followers:)

  82. Carol Cofone says:

    Is there an app for this? It should be so easy, right?

  83. Laura says:

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity.

  84. Gwen says:

    Neato! The push I need

  85. Neato! A push to get my first novel started.

  86. Theresa D. says:

    This sounds like a must have! Thanks for the chance!!

  87. Nathan Chadwick says:

    This sounds very fun. I would love to enter the contest.

  88. Chris says:

    Saw this on Shelf Awareness – this sounds like it would be a ton of fun!

  89. Carl says:

    Laura, would you like to rephrase that comment?

  90. Carl says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Plotto.

  91. Laura says:

    Please enter me!

  92. Marilyn says:

    I’d love to give it a try

  93. Alexandra says:

    Love Paul Collins! This looks like a real gem.

  94. Jennifer Winberry says:

    What fun!

  95. Kristin says:


  96. Sharon says:

    Sounds like the perfect book for a number of people I know. Nice design, too!

  97. TiffanyO says:

    Plotto, take me away!

  98. Jesse says:

    Plotto! Can’t wait. :)

  99. Karen says:

    This is definitely going on my wish list!

  100. Brad Wojak says:

    I am really looking forward to this title!

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