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Author In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published Paperback – November 1, 2016
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"Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." --James Scott Bell, best-selling author and writing instructor
"There are tons of awesome writing books out there about everything from creating suspenseful plots to using humor, but few of them cover every single part of your writing journey. And none of them do it quite like AUTHOR IN PROGRESS...Writing a novel is not easy. We all know that. But what we might not know is how to research productively, revise our first, second, and third draft, embrace the publishing business, and write "unboxed". AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is the one book solution to these problems. Less than $20, unlimited answers." - Emily Nielson at Just a First Draft
"AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is like WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING...for novelists." - Margaret Dilloway
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Want to know what it takes to push through a manuscript and finish your novel?
I'm the co-founder and editorial director of Writer Unboxed, and the editor and a co-author of Author in Progress. When the idea for a WU book first emerged via Writer's Digest, I wasn't certain I'd want to commit to the effort. On the other side of it, I'm so glad that I did. The full WU team stepped up to become a part of this project -- 50 contributors, including best-selling authors and industry leaders, and a few special guests -- and they truly delivered.
What you'll find in AiP is a breakdown, and a deep drill-down, of what it really takes to get published -- from pre-writing considerations to the writing itself, critique, improvement, rewriting, perseverance, and more.
If you often wonder what it takes to finish a publishable work of fiction, if you've been struggling with a work you can't seem to complete, AiP could be the book for you. I know I couldn't be prouder of it or the WU team.
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AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is a collection of brand new essays from contributors to the excellent “Writer Unboxed” website. It’s divided into seven sections: Prepare, Write, Invite (get critique), Improve, Rewrite, Persevere, Release. Taken together, it’s meant to be a complete guide to the writing process, from the idea to the bookshelf.
However, this isn’t a craft class in a book. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is about a writer’s lifestyle and overcoming mental blocks that keep us from the page. There are over fifty high-quality essays covering everything from time management to understanding murky feedback to overcoming jealousy, so it’s easy to flip to just the chapter you need for help with your current problem.
Walsh always seems to be one step ahead of the traps writers set for themselves. She’s gathered writers who have been doing this a long time and have developed solutions that work. Overcome with too many ideas? Read “Put a Ring on It” by Erika Robuck. Scared to go to a conference? Read “When Writers Gather” by Tracy Hahn-Burkett. Having empty nest syndrome after finishing a book? Read “Letting Go” by Allie Larkin. The contributors to AUTHOR IN PROGRESS have dealt with all the weird hangups writers have and can give solid advice from the perspective of someone who’s been there.
But my favorite essays were those that didn’t have definitive answers. Do writers need MFAs? Should writers use outlines? How useful is a professional editor? There’s more than one right answer and back-to-back essays explore both sides of the issue.
AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is going on my keeper shelf. Because no matter what question I’m struggling with today, I know I will find the answer in its pages.