- File Size: 496 KB
- Print Length: 173 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Haunted Computer Books; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003H4QZOG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I liked the essays written by JA Konrath, MJ Rose, Scott & David J Montgomery. They were insightful and some of them offered solid advice. Unlike other books of this type, this book doesn't read like an advertisement (except for the last few pages) and that's a huge plus. New authors will definitely learn something valuable by reading this book and hence I strongly recommend others to read it. This book is a must for authors who want to (still) go through the traditional publishing route.
I hope the editor will consider publishing a similar book, exclusively for indie-publishing. That will help many more authors. Thank you :)
Similar, but much better written books, are available. My favorite is The Writer's Handbook, edited by Sylvia Burack. Several editions were published. They are old, but most of the concepts of writing, and even many about the business side of writing, remain the same. And each article in The Writer's Handbook is beautifully crafted by an accomplished writer who is an expert in the subject.
"Write Good or Die" is a compilation of numerous articles, essays and blog posts by writers who are successful. I especially liked Heather Graham's article that dealt with rejection. Some of the writers had good suggestions like not surfing the Internet on your writing computer. This may work if you have more than one computer but could be inconvenient if you work online a lot. Some of the highlights of this book include:
Seven Tips for Getting Into Print
Seven Bad Habits of Highly Ineffective Writers
Ten Commandments of Getting a book Reviewed
How to Name Your Characters
Some other helpful advice was about how much dialogue to include in a novel. In fact this book will be most appreciated by novelists who want to take the more traditional publishing route.
One thing I think publishers should read is M. J. Rose's article on why e-books should not be sold months after the hardcover. Why make readers wait? The problem is that by the time the e-book comes out you've already forgotten about the book or have it on a purchase tag list that you rarely look at due to all the other new books clamoring for your attention.
So if you are a writer who wants to be more successful I can recommend this to you. There are lots of good ideas that will help you become a professional author.
~The Rebecca Review
On the other hand, I was looking for a book that emphasized writing a memoir and this book was not too helpful in addressing this genres. The book was still a valuable resource for me.
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