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- Print Length: 92 pages
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- Publisher: Happy Pants Books (October 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0167DQB06
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So how is the book?
The first thing that I want to say is that 30-Day Author is short. It’s only 77 pages, but that’s ok. In fact, I think that’s why I like it so much as the first book on writing that I’ve read. It was a fast read, that gave me just enough to get me motivated to start writing. Part 1 focuses on developing a daily writing habit. Kevin dedicates chapters that recommend the use of daily blogs and journals, as well as email newsletter lists. He preaches that regardless of how much you write, writers need to get their butts in the chair and write every single day.
The second half gives a quick over view of the process to actually write a book in 30 days and includes some tips on what to do once the writing is finished. In chapter 7, Kevin shows how writing 50,000 words is not as hard as it sounds, once you break it down into manageable chunks. Reading it had me thinking about what I used to tell myself when I started training for my first marathon. How do I train to run 26.2 miles? By starting with running 1 mile first.
I give 30-Day Author four stars. If you’re a novice to writing and have hopes of seeing you name on the cover of a book someday, it’s a great place to get a quick education and the motivation to get you started. My only real complaint is that there’s no table of contents, so I had to use a few sticky tabs to mark the chapters I may want to refer back to in the future.
Did I develop a daily writing habit? Not exactly, at least not when it comes to creative writing. However, I did get motivated, and I did get started. My best month so far has only been 17 days of writing, but this month I’m doing my first Camp Nanowrimo. I probably won’t finish my novel by the end of the month, but come hell or high water, I will write every day.
I got a lot out of this book. Nothing flashy or fancy, just truthful sound writing advice. It worked too! I'm in my second month of writing every day, and I'll never go back. Time to go read some of this authors fiction!
Pick this book up and give it a read. Your finished books will thank you for it.
1. The reason why I'm so obsessed with reading books about writing, writing craft, and self publishing is that I'm looking for inspiration to keep going with my own work. This book focuses a lot on keeping a daily writing habit and I like that. Writing daily is something that I need motivation for.
2. Chapter 4 is about keeping a daily blog and I really enjoyed this chapter. Kevin points out that keeping a blog is a great marketing tool because you can talk about your work. You can also kill two birds with one stone because writing on a blog every day will help you keep up your daily writing habit.
3. I will say that while I enjoyed reading Kevin's personal writing anecdotes, I didn't necessarily find his story inspiring. He spends a lot of time going over (and over and over) his issues with writing his fantasy trilogy and about how it took him forever to write it and about how he didn't want to write it, and I don't know. That part of the book was a little boring and more than a little uninspiring.
4. I spend a lot of time online, researching blogs and books and marketing, and something that I hear a lot about is email lists and how important it is to have an email list so that you can contact and market to your potential readers. In chapter 5, Kevin talks about the importance of having an email list. I also like how he pointed out that every time you write an email, it's a chance to craft something new and develop your writing skills.
5. Kevin supplies good information and resources at the end of the book for those who are working on self publishing their own books. His thoughts on cover design were helpful and I especially appreciated the links he supplied on places to find editors or cover designers.
If you're like me, and you enjoy reading about the craft of writing, I would recommend this book to you. I don't think the title (writing a book in 30 days) is necessarily the best fit for this book, but it's a quick read. I like that it's filled with useful information, as well as Kevin's personal writing anecdotes.
The book does a good job of getting you into the groove, and finding your own pace to getting your books written. The author doesn't promise the great American novel in 30 days (thank God), but he does give you some great ideas on how to consistently write. That's what it takes to actually get your book written.
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