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Secrets of Successful Writers by [Pitt, Darrell]
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Length: 188 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smashwords (March 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HQ272E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,087 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Secrets of Successful Writers contains transcribed interviews with fifty authors, both traditionally published and self-published (or both). It is not made clear whether the interviews were conducted face to face or via email (I suspect the latter). Little of the information is new and a lot of it is either predictably similar (e.g. everyone has a blog and a website) or predictably contradictory (e.g. plotters vs. pantsters).

Of the fifty authors interviewed, I've actually only heard of two (John Locke and John Marsden), although that is probably not suprising as most of the authors tend to be indies, writing in genres I don't read, or both. While some of the authors state their books have been in the Kindle Top 10, those same books are currently lurking closer to 200,000. Perhaps they meant the UK Top10? Either way, it can't be denied that making the Top 10, whether on Amazon UK or US, no matter how briefly, is a huge achievement.

In looking at the product page, I noticed that '3 Kindle users' have highlighted this quote from author Michael Prescott:

"promote your book using Amazon's discussion boards, which can be accessed toward the bottom of any Kindle book's sales page..."

Don't. Even. Think. About. It.

This is outdated information. Since May 2011, Amazon.com have ONLY permitted authors to promote their work in the Meet Our Authors discussion board, not in the general discussion forums (e.g. Kindle, Kindle Book, Romance). Authors who do mention their book/s outside MOA are reported and their posts deleted (especially those who follow Michael's advice and post five self-promoting comments each day).

New authors need to know this, to save them the flame wars that erupt when they are discovered self-promoting or spamming.
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I do not usually buy anything for free. I think there is nothing free in this world. But despite the other review (3 stars) I wanted to give it a try.
Darrell Pitt is another author who is using the opportunity provided by Amazon for authors unknown or at the beginning of their career as writers.
This book not collects his own experience. It is the experience of several authors who are in the Amazon bestsellers.
For me the most interesting part was not the question of "how to write", because each author has a different formula.
What I find really valuable in this book is the answers to two important questions:"What advice would you give to someone about to self publish their first ebook?" and "What do you think are the best ways for writers to market themselves?".
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I didn't really read this book looking for tips on how to publish, but mainly for inspiration. I just like to read about how other authors spend their days, how many pages they do per day, etc.

There are a lot of typos in this book. The interviews are very short, with the exception of one very long interview with Dakota Banks in the middle of the book. She just goes on and on, about a variety of things, in particular about what she remembers about growing up in a funeral home, which may or may not have had something to do with influencing her writing. I don't know, because I glossed over that too-long part, since the little I did read didn't seem to have anything at all to do with writing. That interview just really stood out, only because it was about five times longer, and five times more boring, than all the others. Most of the interviews are so short they leave you wanting more, but the aforementioned Dakota Banks interview was so long it left me wanting far less. No offense to Ms. Banks.

But it's a good book, and I would recommend that any writer read it. It's not really a how-to guide, so don't expect instructions on how to write or publish.

Very interesting and inspirational interviews.
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As an avid reader with the dream of becoming a successful writer I frequently find books written, or compiled by other writers provide the motivation and inspiration to continue in the process of perseverance in my personal writing. I especially enjoyed Darrell Pitt's "Secrets of Successful Writers."

Darrell has compiled results from his interviews with 50 individual successful authors. The proven tips and techniques featured are the results of a variation of questions asked in these interviews; authors responded to questions on topics including:

* Their typical day of writing
* Best way for authors to promote themselves
* The future of hard copy books with the growing trend of e-book publication
* Advice for someone trying to make it as an author
* Plotting stories/Character led writing
* Producing a Series
* Pricing e-books to sell
* And dozens of others

I have accumulated two full shelves of select titles on a number of topics on writing, including other compilations. Darrell's book "Secrets of Successful Writers" is one I will go back to time after time for reminders of these key tips, additional motivation, and inspiration.
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This book is what you might call "different". It's not so much an instruction manual, it's the "secrets" of successful writers. It's actually a bunch of interviews the author conducted picking the brains of people who've had success. To be brutally honest, I didn't learn a lot I didn't already know about having success as a writer, so for me it wasn't earthshaking stuff. If I had seen this book on day one of my journey it might have made a world of difference for me.

There's always a little skepticism when successful people start spilling the beans because it's self-defeating to give away the secrets they've discovered. If somebody that writes better figures it out, you're one step further down the food chain. As such, this book reveals some, but it isn't giving away lots of secrets that aren't already pretty obvious; Write what you know, know your subject matter well, be true to yourself, never give up, etc.

The real secret? I'm thinking there isn't a world-moving secret to be shared, as such, the book delivers what there is to deliver, it merely keeps it all together in one package.

That said, I did find the book a bit dry and sometimes hard to stay interested in for a long stretch. It's not exactly the most thrilling book to read. Every page is much like the preceding one. I don't blame the author, I blame the subject matter; it's hard to get secrets when there are very few and all of them are very well guarded.
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