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The New Writer's Handbook: Volume 2: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career (New Writer's Handbook: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft & Career) Paperback – August 28, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


“Definitely not just for ‘new’ writers, this handbook is worth returning to for ideas, advice, and inspiration throughout the year.” — Minneapolis Observer Quarterly

Praise for The New Writer's Handbook 2007:
Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award (Career category)

“If you purchase only one [writer’s guide], make it this one.” — Library Journal, starred review

"The most evident indication of the quality of Philip Martin's book is the wide and various array of authoritative contributors…Their individual voices invigorate the work as a whole." — ForeWord

"Expertly compiled and deftly edited…critically important and strongly recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"The New Writer's Handbook inspires writers to brush up and branch out, explore and think differently about their work, their skills, and abilities." — Absolute Write

About the Author

Philip Martin has produced books that won the Benjamin Franklin and Banta awards and Small Press Award for Fiction. He has edited many guides for writers on craft and career, on diverse topics from screenwriting to interviewing skills to being a successful freelancer, and is the author of a book of speculative fiction, A Guide to Fantasy Literature. He is director of Great Lakes Literary, which offers a range of development services for writers and their projects. Includes contributions by Tess Gerritsen and Lois Lowry.

Ted Kooser is a poet and essayist, a professor of English at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and most recently, the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 - 2006. He has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, two NEA Writing Fellowships and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Delights and Shadows. He worked for many years in the life insurance business, retiring in 1999 as a vice president. He and his wife, Kathleen Rutledge, editor of The Lincoln Journal Star, live on an acreage near the village of Garland, Nebraska. He has a son, Jeff, and a granddaughter, Margaret.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Writer's Handbook: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft & Career
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Scarletta Press (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979824923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979824920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Breeni Books on January 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Writing is a tricky business. For many writers, striking a balance between the creative and commercial aspects of the craft is the biggest challenge of all. The New Writer's Handbook: Volume 2 offers over 60 articles filled with advice regarding both sides of the business. Philip Martin edited this volume and contributed two articles. It is a great resource for all different types of writers.

The New Writer's Handbook: Volume 2 is broken down into six sections: "Creativity and Motivation", "The Craft of Writing", "Pitching Your Work", "Internet Marketing Skills", Business Savvy", and "Last Words and Literary Thoughts". Each section features articles covering various facets of the chosen topic. The section on pitching your work should be particularly helpful for writers struggling to get their work published. Jean Ready's "Ten Ways to Land a First Assignment" demystifies the process of landing freelance work. She explains the risks for editors and what writers can do to prove they pose minimal risk. Ready even quotes a number of freelance writers throughout the article. In this article and throughout the book, the articles provide helpful, practical advice for all types of writers.

The "Internet Marketing" section will also be particularly helpful for modern writers. It focuses on blogging. There are articles about why a blog can be a great marketing tool for writers and how to make a blog successful. I also particularly enjoyed Ron McDaniel's "Evaluating Blog Results: Does Your Blog Suck or Succeed?" This article covers the different ways to measure the success of a blog. Some of the measures seemed unusual, but they worked for the author.

For all writers, the "Business Savvy" section could prove to be invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FredTownWard VINE VOICE on September 26, 2009
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I only ordered this book because I wanted to have read and reviewed every published work of Cynthea Liu prior to meeting her in person. As it turned out, I needn't have bothered because, "Status Queries", the article included in this book was later expanded into chapter 9 of her Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course (How to Write, Revise, and Publish a Kid's or Teen Book with Children's Book Publishers), which I already owned, along with her two novels: The Great Call of China (S.A.S.S.) and Paris Pan Takes the Dare.

Nevertheless, I am not sorry to have purchased it because every other item was new to me and IMHO quite astonishingly useful and informative! Though I am, as I freely admit, no writer (I'm a firm believer in the adage that those who can, write; those who cannot, review.), I found this book just chock full of what struck me at least as tips useful to any kind of writer, even lowly writers of reviews like myself. Pithy and short for the most part, I believe these pieces are best perused one at a time, rather than being read straight through. Ironically most of them are available free on the Internet, but the effort to hunt them down yourself would use up time better spent writing.

Now I find myself sorely tempted to purchase the first volume: The New Writer's Handbook 2007: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Chandler on December 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
[Note: This review is reposted from my writing blog]

I admit to some skepticism when first contacted by the book's editor. After all, who would buy a collection of essays about writing, most of which can already be found on the Intertubes for free?

After reading the finished product, I'd have to say I'm wrong.

In an age of hyper-specialization - where niches are mercilessly targeted and "content producers" are urged to never set foot outside their Google-driven boundaries - an eclectic collection of essays about writing fires the imagination, and provides a respite from what I'll cavalierly describe as the 140-character rat race.

From the publishers:

With new contributors, ranging from bestselling "queen of medical thrillers" Tess Gerritsen to Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry, the strength of Volume 2 lies with its eclecticism: articles move from collaborative advice to teaching writing in elementary schools -- and even includes physical stretches for those spending too much time sitting in front of a screen.

The content features a preface by Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate from 2004-06, and appearances by literary bloggers, independent publishers, agents, journalists and a writer who--believe it or not--received nearly 500 rejection notices before finally striking success.

Here's a quote from the editor:

The perfect Handbook user is the writer who wants to improve his or her writing skills, in small but practical ways. Not all at once, but in little chunks, with short readings, a couple of pages at a time.
While most is most useful to emerging writers, I picked pieces I thought would be thought-provoking, practical, and entertaining to experienced pros.
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