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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Goins , Sarah Mae
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You Are a Writer is a book about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century.

Author Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional. He gives you practical tips for freelancing, how to get published in magazines, and what it takes to build a platform that brings the gatekeepers to you.

This journey of becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. Readers will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here's what else you will learn:

  • How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
  • What it takes to build a platform
  • Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
  • Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
  • Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
  • The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to get more readers and fans of your writing
You Are a Writer is a book that will help you fall back in love with writing and make the connections you need to build your brand as a writer. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.

And it all begins with you.

Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Sarah Mae
  • Introduction
  • Writers Are Born, Not Made
  • The Truth About Writing
  • Building a Platform 
  • Establishing a Brand
  • Channels of Connection
  • Getting Started
  • Before Your First Book
  • What Next?
  • About the Author
  • Share this Book

Editorial Reviews


"In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares the truth about writing. He provides the tools and insights you need to build your platform, develop an audience, and make meaningful connections. No writer should embark on his or her writing journey without reading this first!"
-Michael Hyatt // Author, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

"Writers! Read this by Jeff Goins. Seriously. Go."
-Carrie Wilkerson // Author, The Barefoot Executive

"As an academic who doesn't have a marketing bone in my body, Jeff Goins helped me understand branding for my blog in a new way."
-Elizabeth Chapin

"Writers now have the option of building an audience, a brand, and affecting thousands -- maybe millions -- of people with their words. Jeff is showing you the door. The question is, will you open it and put your foot forward?"
-Paul Jun

From the Author

Hi, my name's Jeff. And I'm a writer. But I didn't always think of myself that way. In fact, for years, I dreamed of one day becoming a writer. But secretly, I was afraid of the risk. It took a gentle but firm rebuke from a friend to realize the dead-end course I was on, to finally understand who I was. After that, I was never the same.

One day, a friend asked me about my dream. I said I didn't know. "Really?" he said. "That's too bad -- because I would've thought it was to be a writer."

That hit me hard. I told him that was true. I did hope to be a writer. Maybe. Some day. If I was lucky.

He shook his head and smiled: "Jeff, you don't have to want to be a writer. You are a writer. You just need to write." So that's what I did, and it changed everything.

This is an eBook about a journey of becoming a writer. It's a guide to writing and publishing, including how to navigate the world of platform-building and getting your work noticed. Mostly, it's about believing in yourself. About the process of self-doubt we all go through and the declarations we make to do what were made to do.

Whether you realize it or not, you are a writer. You just need to write.

Product Details

  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Jeff Goins; 1 edition (April 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep. You are a writer. April 30, 2012
By Jen
Format:Kindle Edition
A few months ago I started following a blog called Jeff Goins Writer. I blog stalked for a bit and found mysef impressed with the way Jeff fills pages. Naturally, I was excited to read You Are a Writer.

You Are a Writer is half pep talk, half marketing course. The pep talk is for anyone with a dream. We all either have a dream or a lying problem. Sure, the focus of this book is writing, but much of it can be applied elsewhere. The marketing course covers the marketing of YOU.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff offers up some of his personal experiences in becoming a writer and specific steps that you may follow on your journey, from building a platform to pitching your work.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Writers . . . to the new age. April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There really hasn't been a better time to be a writer. Anyone about to read this book should be damn happy that they weren't a writer even a couple years ago. The tools, methodology, and insight readily available to spread your ideas and to attract an audience is viable than ever.

But the question is, are you up for it? Are you done making excuses for yourself that you aren't a writer? Are you going to go work that job you hate or partake a field that you don't fully love?

This book by Jeff Goins is the ULTIMATE guide to getting you back in love with your craft, develop a platform to convey your message and ideas, and to build a remarkable life that can be both fruitful and incredibly fun.

Simple, plenty of call to action and examples -- this book has everything you need to start.

Don't know how to blog? Read this book.
Don't know how to find your voice? Read this book.
Don't know where to start? Read this book.
Don't know what it takes to make it in this new world of writing and spreading life-changing ideas?


This book isn't a one-stop-shop.

Jeff openly shares his creativity, writing, and life tips on his blog, and this eBook has its own website: [...]

The value that you're getting from both this book, Jeff's newsletter (and his other free books, hint hint), is invaluable. Nothing can compete.

The tools are here. It's your choice to pick them up or not.

Enjoy, and please . . . stop lying to yourself. You are a writer and you know it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaving Self-Doubt Behind May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a writer. I have a story. Life has written this for me. This ebook has re-invented courageous for me. I am going to become who I am. I am a writer. Now. Jeff has taken his journey of becoming and convinced the leaders in self-doubt, procrastination, and fear to - Get Going and Write. Starting now. See you the finish line. Amazing!
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will Passion Get You Published? May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favorite writers, Thomas Merton, wrote:

"If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men--you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead."

I love this quote, but I disagree with Tom. And so, it seems, does Jeff Goins. Early in You Are a Writer, Jeff says, "[Writers] need to do what they love. They need to write. Sounds idealistic, right? But I believe this is the key to creating your best work."

In other words, you should write for passion, for love of the craft, for the implicit joy of writing.

For yourself.

We hear a lot of people this these days saying, "Follow your bliss. Live your dream. Make money off your passion." It sounds great. If only it worked. Unfortunately, passion only takes you so far, and following your dream is easy until it's not, until you run into some obstacles and things get painful and then really painful. Jeff himself admits following your passion to be a writer is really hard, and step two of the book, after you follow your passion, is to learn how to market and sell your writing. To write for yourself, in other words, you have to write for others.

And there's the problem with this follow your bliss advice. The dream of writerly bliss becomes painful and then you have to discipline yourself and learn how to write for others. Eventually, Jeff seems to say that if you're just writing for yourself, you'll quit. You have to learn to enjoy writing for an audience.

I don't disagree with Jeff. I disagree with Merton.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another book for writers May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins is not just another book for writers. It's one that mixes practical steps, wit, and honesty all into one big bowl and then bakes it for you. It's about how to be a writer for the love of it and get yourself out there; not in a publishing sense necessarily but in a 'I have a voice and I will be heard' kind of way.

Jeff's words touched me straight to the core from the very beginning. Simple honesty. Along with all the therapies that suggest we should be happy and watch our circumstances change instead of waiting for happiness, Jeff pushes the message that you are a writer and your circumstances will change because you acknowledge that. It isn't about what you want to be when you grow up, it's about what you are right now. I'm not saying you have to be mature, I'm saying you have to own who you are right now. Be in the moment.

The writing in Jeff's book about writing is witty, simple, straight forward. The segments are quick and easy anecdotes that flow into each other with ease. He gives logical and clear steps on how to go beyond the writing and build a platform. The book as a whole is strong but not overpowering. It's certainly digestible.

I received this book from the author for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an encouraging young man is Jeff Goins. He ...
Such an encouraging young man is Jeff Goins. He helped me see that writing was a part of my being and not just something that I do.
Published 17 days ago by LKB4064
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to become a writer? Or improve as a writer? Then this is a must...
I love this book because it's real. There's no fluff and cheesy sales copy. Jeff tells it the way it is, gives amazing tips and ideas and shows you how to succeed as a writer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Camilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, I Am!
"You Are a Writer" is a great little book written to encourage us to do what we have been gifted for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Review
Jeff Goins – You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

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Published 1 month ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw it for what it is... Inspiration, validation, knowledge &...
I am a writer!

I write a blog, Facebook pages that inspire a few people, short stories I keep hidden away and books that no one has read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Thackham: @Recreatingme
4.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring!
I've always enjoyed reading Jeff's blog (been a fan for at least a year now). His books (at least this one) are no less inspiring!
Published 3 months ago by Wendy Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am a writer!"
The title of this book leaped out at me while looking for another of Goins's books that was recommended by a friend. It's impact is life changing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend this for anyone but true beginners of the craft.
I found this book severely lacking in content. It is well-written and a quick read, but I don't think I took anything away from it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C M OOSTERBAAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Short-Sweet-And to the point
Valid information that every fresh writer should read. It isn't rocket science, but someone had to spell it out for us. Kudos on a book well done.
Published 4 months ago by Pamela L Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars How you see yourself is a big part
You Are A Writer is not only a great affirmation, but practical in steps you can take to help get you started on your journey to writing and getting closer to your dreams.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Jeff Goins is a blogger, speaker and author.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Jeff graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Junior year, he spent a semester in Spain, which opened his eyes to a whole new world.

After graduating, Jeff spent a year on the road with a band. Then he moved to Tennessee to chase a girl. In 2008, he married her.

Jeff's blog,, is one of the fastest-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for bloggers and writers. In 2011, it won the Top 10 Blogs for Writers award. Each month, he receives over 100,000 visitors to his website.

Jeff's work has been published online and offline in a variety of publications, including RELEVANT Magazine (which has a circulation of over 150,000) and (voted one of Time Magazine's Top 50 Websites).

Jeff and his wife, Ashley, live just outside of Nashville, TN with their son and dog.


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