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Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide Paperback – May 23, 2014
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Lucy Snyder is one of the premier individuals in the field that can show you the way, not only because she knows what she's talking about, but also because she knows how to cut through the fat and get straight to the meat of the questions at hand.
In this book you'll find a collection of essays delivered in bite sized chunks that will serve to teach you how to approach writing fiction on your own time, but also, it offers you advice from a professional writer and professor who's been where us newbies have been. Trust me, you couldn't ask for a better navigator through the mine fields of writing.
Lots of books will tell you how to nail a noun to a verb and call it a sentence, or construct a story, or worry about character arcs and climaxes and all this stuff.
Lucy tells you how to actually live your life as a writer. How to find time to write. How to network at conventions. How to get stuff in the mail, and keep it there. How to sell a book, and what you can expect from that sale. The math of making a living. The ins and outs of publishing, from someone who's broken down the doors of dozens of publishers and unsuccessfully stormed the gates of hundreds more.
All in friendly bite-sized pieces. These essays all tie together nicely, but each is short enough to read in a few minutes.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of an award-winning writer, this is the map.
For the writer who has published a piece or two, Lucy has laid out a few tricks and tips you may not have realized. She'll talk you through moving from a once-lister to being a mid-list author. And you want to publish again, right? She'll tell you why you should also write short-fiction and why you should publish your poetry and why you should ply your hand at the non-fiction trade. She'll remind you why to continue writing even after you have published one or two pieces.
And for the well-published, well-read, well-known author? Lucy has a comedic wit and a balls-to-the-wall honesty about the craft and trade that you will find refreshing. She also features interviews with some of your peers, giving you a glimpse into where they are in their life these days. Step inside and enjoy the ride.
And Lucy A. Snyder's new how-to SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE HEAD FOR FUN AND PROFIT: A WRITER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE is a good friggin' "writing book"
Broken up into sections, and then to individual articles--less chapters, since some of these pieces are culled from stand-alone non-fic pieces in other magazines, Snyder takes you through the trips and tribulations of being a working writer. This is not a beginner's book, per se. While chockfull of writing tips and advice, this is less "Here's what characterization is" and more, like, "Now that you're serious about writing", which is appreciated. To be as wide ranging as possible, most writing books are geared towards wannabes and gonnabes, people are thinking they kinda, sorta, maybe want to be a writer, but don't know where to begin.
Those books kinda...well, suck. I'm not going to name names. Chances are, if this isn't your first rodeo with writing guides, you've read them. You might be sitting beside them right now.
Instead, Snyder gives pointers on, for lack of better phrasing, fine-tuning the work, and then what happens AFTER the work's been done--the business end, which writers tend to, um, ignore . At the end, she interviews a number of writers, including Clive Barker, as a kinda "see, this is how others do" comparison between the reader and these people, which is always fun and, if nothing else, entertaining the read, like the rest of the book in general.
And that cover? Bloody brilliant.
In today's turbulent publishing world, Lucy will tell you like it is, then help you win your next challenge. Put her in your corner to help your work shine.