Picks and Pans Review: Danielle Steel's Ex

updated 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tom Perkins

When venture capitalist Perkins, 73, decided to try his hand at a novel, he turned to the prolific Steel, with whom he remains close after their 1999 breakup. "I wouldn't have done this book without Danielle," he says. Here, her tips that helped him write the frothy Sex and the Single Zillionaire.

• Tell a good story that's emotionally satisfying

• Let characters take on lives of their own

• Then, rewrite

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