- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598695894
- ISBN-13: 978-1598695892
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,439,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only complaint I have isn't a big one and that is some of these writers are names I've never heard before, but I guess that should only spur me on to read some of what they've written.
If you are lucky enough to get hold of this book, then you will be able to read it and learn that successful writers are good at the following:
>>Be a good storyteller
>>Be a voracious reader
>>Be a marketer (self promoter & promoter of your books)
>>Be a strategic planner (write something that will sell)
The book is split into four parts: (1) Passion, (2) Creativity, (3) Discipline, and (4) The Business. I found the first three parts to be great. Take a look at the Search Inside feature provided by Amazon to examine the Table of Contents for this book. It is a fairly detailed TOC and you will learn a lot about what is covered.
I thought the first three parts of the book were very well done. They were well written and well organized. My only criticism of the book comes with regard to Part IV. Times are changing in the writing world. With the advent of PCs, POD publishing options, and the Internet, writers are no longer required to play flunky to publishers. The author partly acknowledges this. But he does not explain it in graphic detail and fully inform the reader of how things are today (at least in my opinion). Where was the chapter on blogging? Where's the chapter on Myspace? Where was the chapter on strategic planning? And where was the chapter on writing a good book or two that you simply give away or sell from your Web site in order to create an author platform (self promotion tool)?
Other books you may want to read to supplement this book's Part IV include: "The Web Savvy Writer" (websavvywriter dot com), "The Author's Guide to Building an Online Platform" (ISBN: 1884956823), and "The IndieAuthor Guide" (ISBN: 1434857689). 5 stars!