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Rejection, Romance and Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer Paperback – July 1, 2007
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I found Laura when she was sharing *the* most candid things I've ever read an established writer say about working with literary agents on another writer's blog. This showed me something about her and her generous spirit when it comes to helping out other writers. She'd spent many hours on another writer's blog sharing, as openly as anyone can share, her experience in working with four agents over the course of her pretty long career (20+ novels under her belt). I was blown away, and this book (Rejection, Romance, and Royalties) is in that same spirit.
I contacted Laura to thank her for her generous comments on this other writer's blog (Dean Wesley Smith's blog), as well as her own excellent blog. She says she doesn't spout to be generous, but to get things off her chest because BS (only she didn't say BS) DRIVES HER CRAZY. In any case, this book is very well written in an almost conversational style, and it gives you the sense of hearing the honest truth from a good friend about how insane the business of publishing can be.
As other reviewers have said, this work is also downright hilarious.Read more ›
This is not a How-To Book for Writers and thank God for that. This book is more like a much needed mentor, who talks you through the inevitable peeks and valleys of publishers, editors, critics and readers. I was surprised at how fearless Laura was about such topics as criticism. Because I share her feelings about the reckless power that critics have, I finally felt like I had some company on the topic. Criticism is, by its own nature, one directional. And so writers and artists usually have to take thier beatings in silence. Laura's anecdote on the topic breaks the silence.
There's also a soft wisdom that comes through on most of her essays. Her words can be therapuetic for any creative person of any field. This book has a longer reach than it knows. I'm just thrilled that, by dumb luck, it reached out and found me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent and highly entertaining read. Not merely informative with regards to the business of writing, it is essential to understanding the way traditional publishing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. M. Brown
I purchased this book in a bundled set. It's not a writing craft book or even a writing how-to book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Danita Cahill
Entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales of a working, globe-traveling, slightly grumpy writer. It won't teach you how to write, but if you want to write or you are writing this is... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dave E.