The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction [Writer's Digest, hardcover, 1990]

This is the full and detailed view of The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction by Barnaby Conrad and the staff of the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference. This is a volume of speeches given at the conference over many years, including a speech by Tony Hillerman entitled "Dialogue." There are many contributions by other very famous writers as well. The volume was published by Writer's Digest Books in 1990.

This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. The cover design is uncredited. The front cover features a simple graphic suggesting an ocean scene, including blue rectangles suggesting sky and water embellished with palm fronds. The book's title is superimposed on this graphic. The overall background is yellow, and below the graphic are printed the author's and contributors' names in black.

On the back cover, the palm frond motif is repeated within a white rectangle overlaid on the yellow cover background. The back cover text features a teaser for the book's content, with the book price, ISBN and bar code at the bottom right. On the spine, the book's title, author, and publisher logo are printed on the yellow background. The front fold-out continues with a description of the book's content, and the back fold-out displays a photo and biography of the author.