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Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book Paperback – March 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
It doesn't matter what problems you've got with Markley's sprawling, self-referential account of his efforts to sell a book about his efforts to sell the book he's writing at that very moment—he's already anticipated your criticisms, from the imperfect echoes of writers like Dave Eggers and Chuck Klosterman to the preponderance of dick jokes and other forms of frat boy humor. Of course, on a basic level, the book is a stupid idea, he admits early on; later, he concedes, I've just been winging it, and it shows. He might have been better off cutting down some of the more self-indulgent sections, like a minihistory of his tenure as a political sex columnist for his college paper or an exploration of the fake memoir phenomenon featuring made-up conversations with Chicago drug dealers and underprivileged high school students. But there are compelling, emotionally resonant passages, too: a reflection on what it's like to shake loose the influence of a literary mentor, for example, or a best friend's realization of just how much an unplanned pregnancy has changed his life (Mar.)
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""[A] sprawling, self-referential account of [Markley's] efforts to sell a book about his efforts to sell the book he's writing at that very moment... compelling, emotionally resonant passages."" - Publishers Weekly
"Markley seems clever and funny, but it may be his "fire" that ultimately makes him worthwhile." - Literary Chicago
"I love Stephen Markely's writing. Smart, funny." - The Web Town Observer
"The very concept of the book to me is genius, and Stephen's exploration of the boundaries between life and work are riveting." - Blur of the Unsung
"Publish This Book is funny and weird and clever and very entertaining." - Boyfriend News & Reviews
"So far, it's the most self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-congratulatory memoir I've ever read... and I'm loving every minute of it." - Las Vegas Weekly, Clever Boy
"It is ambitious and entertaining. " - Blue Muse Views
"Markley's voice is honest, sarcastic, intelligent and dirty." - WarningLiterature, a readers corner
"I found the book interesting, irreverently funny and candid.
" - MelvilleHouseBooks
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Top customer reviews
Anyone interested in writing and publishing their own book should read this. It's not a how-to manual, but it captures the trials and tribulations of aspiring authors in a unique way. (Also, if you're not interested in writing you should still read it. If only for the toilet humor.)
If nothing else, you can probably learn a thing or two from Markley's writing style. He's talented, insightful and has a way with words he doesn't even know yet.
It's laugh-out-loud hilarious. Especially during the first few chapters I found myself snort-laughing like a thirteen-year-old boy and professing to random strangers that "This Markley guy is a goddamn genius!"
There were some parts where I felt he was trailing off a bit and I started wondering if all of it had a point or if he just got stuck recounting his own life. It all made sense in the end, though, and I can say that this is definitely one of those books that will stay with me forever.
I for one am very thankful this book got published.
I don't know who is the right demographic for this book. It is about writing and publishing but more than that it is about Markley and his perspective into a generation that came of age under Bush and Jon Stewart. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained, to anyone that wants to know about writing, and to anyone who wants to know more about the folks that will be running the joint in a couple of decades.
Markley promises early on that the book will be honest and not boring. He delivers on both accounts and more. It is also very insightful, personal, bold and hopeful. Give his book a chance so it is not all Dan Brown and Twilight from here on out.
There are a lot of very funny moments in Markley's book. For instance, there is a long monologue about the controversy that followed him when he wrote for his college newspaper, wherein for a short time he became loathed for his bold opinionated views on some politicians.
I did enjoy the author's excessive use of footnotes mostly because I like footnotes and also because I thought it was part of the creative aspect that made this book unique.
However, I had higher hopes for Markley's book. It was disappointing to me in many ways. Twenty-something year olds might relate better than I, but to those who love to write and want to read more about Markley's process of trying to get his book published, that was the gravy of this book.
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