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- Publisher: Novel Publicity LLC (December 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RF192D8
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The Author Mindset: A How-To Reference on Becoming an Author even before You Publish Your First Book (Novel Publicity Guides to Writing & Marketing Fiction 3) Kindle Edition
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This is a good introduction to what you need to do to take your writing from being a hobby to being a career. It's not a get-rich-quick-writing-books scam manual either. This book presents you with the facts you need to know and the reality of the author "condition." (I like to think of it as more a "condition" than a "mindset") because I think anyone who wants to try to make a living as an author has to be at least a little insane (myself, included). :-)
So, why do I give this book only four stars? Because it only seemed to skim the surface of some issues. I really felt like it could have (and needed to) go deeper, but I understand that this was just meant to be a brief introduction to the topic, so it does its job well as such.
I certainly have no qualms recommending this to beginning authors and people who are just thinking about becoming an author. For those of us who already have some experience in the field, though, it's a bit too "been there, done that." Still, it is an excellent beginner's guide. If you're a budding author, you need to read this!
***I received a free copy of this book from StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review.***
The Only Thing You Need to Change is your Mindset:
There was one line under this heading which mocked me. Every writer becomes a writer out of choice. I have become a writer out of choice. If I was a doctor or an engineer - the whole family would have supported me but being a writer is a lonely journey. I knew it; I chose it - but am I doing justice to my choice? Am I giving it the 100% that it demands. Is anyone?
The author Falcon Storm makes it very clear that one should be goal oriented. I felt like doing a cha.ch. ch..cha...
1, 2 write,
3,4 wait for a publisher and then.....
the twirl - find a publisher. If you cannot, self publish.
So simple, yet so difficult to achieve by most.
What is that small factor that holds you back?
Fear of rejection? Fear of not finishing the story or is it just the fear of facing the fact that you are a mediocre writer and once you write - the world will know just what you are. Everything is in your head. Facing the fears and overcoming each one them - is what that is trapped neatly in between the pages of this small novel.
There are few pages devoted to being a Plotter as vs being a panstser. I am a Panstser. "Go with the flow" is my motto. Do yourself one favour, don't follow this path. It's full of self doubt and going backwards.
"You are about to take a road trip with these characters, and it's best to know where you are going so you don't run out of gas in the middle of the desert."
Is the time right?
Topics like Time of the day one should write has been beautifully explained. I understand most of us will smirk as a thought flutters through one's mind. How can a stranger tell me what is the best time to write? Is there any worse time to write by the way? I think not. But then to each his own.
Oooh La la .. how many of us take a break for chatting on the FB. Or catching up the notifications. After all the likes are a fuel to our mundane life. JFYI dislike button is coming up. I am sure many of us will stop peeping after that :D But what kind of break can one take while writing? Definitely not the long ones.
What I felt here was that that author is telling us to be more professional. This should not be an extra curricular activity. I plan to implement this -even for my reviews. Planning and executing that plan must be done professionally. I agree there with Storm.
Do I hear a groan? Are we not the best editors in the world? An emphatic no. It cannot be said enough... you cannot be your own editor. Those who think they can are fooling themselves. We can never see our own errors. You need that second set (sometimes third) eyes to tell you your fault.
A wealth of information about marketing. One message that stood out .."DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR WRITING TIME FOR MARKETING." *facepalm.
A Personal Note:
I have literally savoured this little book.Only 75 pages yet the nudges, and the kicks were well placed. Sure to cure your writer's block.
Why did I give it a 4 star? Check it out here
One of the best features is the section on self-publishing where they strongly warn authors to get a good editor. One only has to read some of the low star reviews of books and see that most of the negative reaction is due to poor editing. A good editor is worth every penny, especially if you want to consistently sell books.
While this may not be a "must read" for aspiring authors, it is a "should read if you want to get started right" read. If the other books in the series are of the same style and substance, they will prove to be economical and valuable investments for those who aspire to write.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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