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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599636883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599636887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-In this memoir, Majors answers questions that most budding writers have. Mistakes are discussed, advice is given, and tales are told. Sections and advice on the writing process, a writer's life, and the future are dissected into smaller chapters. Writing is not taught; neither is style, grammar, nor any how-to of any kind. Instead, Majors gives readers a glimpse into the daily life and lessons of one already enthralled with the undertaking that is writing. This is an honest, serious, readable chronicle that teens will appreciate for the raw truth and emotional connection to a fellow writer. Personal anecdotes pepper the chapters to teach the lessons needed to be successful. Those with an unrealistic view of the life of a writer may be surprised and discouraged. However, the author won't dampen the spirits of those who feel a calling. A must-read for serious aspiring writers.-Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This nonmanual is a highly readable memoir stuffed with tips and information about the myriad aspects of pursuing a writing career by one who has carved a niche for herself in that world, namely with YARN (Young Adult Review Network). Majors’ mission is to provide “therapy for writers” and to counterbalance those discouraging words of caution foisted upon budding young scribes. Her joy (and, yes, her misery and heartache) in being part of the writing world and her love for the craft are apparent throughout. Tales about her experiences are juxtaposed with bits of solid, practical advice and information. Majors hasn’t had her breakthrough—she’s not a Stephen King or Stephenie Meyer—but she’s proof that there is a place in the writing world for those who aren’t superstars. She is friendly, savvy, hip, easy to identify with, and definitely in touch with her teenage writer-self. Great reading for anyone interested in the biz, thought-provoking for those looking at any career, and good for folks wanting a pleasant nonfiction read. Grades 8-11. --Randall Enos

More About the Author

Kerri Majors is the author of "This is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World" (Writer's Digest Books, July 2013). She is also the Editor and Founder of YARN, the Young Adult Review Network (www.yareview.net), an online literary journal of YA short stories, essays, and poetry, which won an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. Kerri's short stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Guernica and Poets and Writers. She has an MFA from Columbia, and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Mike, and their daughter. You can find out more about her at www.kerrimajors.com.

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Her insights are personal, which makes the book a meaningful memoir.
Kitsy Smith
She goes on to say that she likes to think of the book as "therapy for writers." Yes.
Casey
Her brutal honesty about her own writing career is disarming and engaging.
Shannon M.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christina charuk on July 10, 2013
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Bought this book hoping to gain an inside look at the world of writing and publishing. I've always thought about writing a book but have never researched the entire process. I like the honesty Majors presents and her personal stories. I may not be writing any time soon, but I will be using this with my college freshmen writing class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. on July 7, 2013
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As a high school English teacher and a writer, "This is Not a Writing Manual" will be at the top of my recommended reading list for all of my aspiring student writers. Kerri Majors offers a unique perspective within the writing reference category--this book is NOT a manual. Rather, it's a memoir of the writing life that applies to all aspiring artists. Majors gives helpful advice for young writers without lecturing. Her brutal honesty about her own writing career is disarming and engaging. She is a voice that young readers will identify with. Though this book is written with young people in mind (and I believe should be required reading for every student in an undergraduate creative writing course), adult writers will find Majors' message inspiring as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. on July 2, 2013
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This is a great resource for young and aspiring writers, and it can be a valuable read for anyone who wants to know more about the creative life or publishing in general. Kerri Majors writes with palpable enthusiasm and from a vantage of clear experience and knowledge. Plus, there are some solid snort-out-your-Diet-Coke lines throughout.

Funny, engaging, informative, and *very* readable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kitsy Smith on July 2, 2013
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This Is Not A Writing Manual is well worth the read for writers of all ages. Kerri Majors deals honestly with all the challenges a writer faces in a writing career. Her insights are personal, which makes the book a meaningful memoir. Even though this book is written for a younger writer, ages 14 to 24, her wisdom can be applied to many careers for people of all ages. Have you ever wondered if you are in the right career, when you are not as successful as you dreamed? Kerri grapples with this and other challenges, like being envious of your friends success. This Is Not A Writing Manual will help you face your career challenges in the real world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cedar Button on July 27, 2013
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I am an aspiring senior without benefit of higher education. Kerri's book is very well written, very funny and she leads me by the hand through the forest of knowledge that I was unable to explore in my early years. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexophelia on September 13, 2013
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but it sure helps thinking about writing and what it is and means. It's written for young writers, okay. I'm NOT a young writer. But still...it helps to see the inside of another writer's mind. Especially, it helps when the other writer has been writing from ever and is just now getting into print...about writing, no less. Good book. Good writing. Good buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Casey on November 3, 2013
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I'm walking around Barnes and Noble, tall pumpkin spice soy latte in hand, the weight of the journal in my purse weighing down my arm. You see, I'm actually at that point in my writing career where I feel like a real writer. I'm not published and I don't have an agent, but I get up everyday with writing on my mind. I go to bed every night with thoughts of my work in progress in the forefront of my mind. Every night I go to sleep hoping that I will dream something that will work for this character or a plot twist that will liven up my scenes. Writing is really on my mind all the time.

So, back to the story. I'm wandering around Barnes and Noble, trying to decide what I want to purchase with my book allowance that week. I've been struggling with some parts of writing, so I go to the writing section. I sit my bag down, grab several books on writing off the shelf, and sit in the middle of the aisle to flip through the pages of books with titles that promise to help me sell my novel.

But that's not what I'm looking for. Do I want to eventually sell my novel? Duh. Don't ask me stupid questions like that. Of course I want to sell my novel, but it's so much more than that. I want to be a writer. I want to eat, sleep, and breath writing and the writing life. When I saw This Is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors, I'm not going to lie, the first thing that attracted me was the cover. It's kind of creepy, but I love it. The second thing was the title. Finally, something that just wrote about writing, not how to get published or how to sell. I wanted -needed- a book to tell me that all writers go through the same struggles. This book is exactly what I needed.

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