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- ASIN : B00FXUB81W
- Publisher : Sterling & Stone (August 2, 2015)
- Publication date : August 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3523 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,620 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well, I liked it a LOT more than that. I loved it.
It's a very inspiring book. You're not just getting a story here about how a successful writer became a success. Yes, in part, it's a story about a man and the dreams he's had and how he made them come true. In that regard, I think that anyone (not just writers) would enjoy and be inspired by the book.
But this book is even more than that. It's also a great love story.
Sean mentions at the beginning of the book that he's written it for his wife Cindy and for their children. Even when Cindy and the kids aren't mentioned by name, you can still feel them on every page of this book. It's obvious at every moment that Sean loves his family more than anything in the world.
A lot of writers couldn't pull off writing and sharing about that kind of devotion without it sounding too corny, fake, or over the top. Well, that's not the case here. Sean shares all kinds of stories about Cindy and the kids in ways that always read as sincere. A lot of the stories are funny and a lot are often touching.
I'll be honest. There were a couple of times that the book actually made me cry. Not because of any sad parts of their story, but because I was moved by how awesome Sean and his family seem to be with each other. They hit a lot of obstacles and big problems on their way to where they are now and they seemed to get through them because of how great of a family they are.
But don't take my word for it. Go and read this great book.
You want inspiration in reaching your dreams? It's here. You want a love story? It's here. You want some laughs and great feelings along the way?
This book goes into his background, introductions to his family, how and why he became a writer, the struggles he and his family went through, trials, tribulations, successes and joy. No holds barred! Down and dirty, nitty-gritty. It feels as if he's sitting right there on the couch with you, telling you his life story. Totally engaging and honest. There are parts where you giggle-snort and chuckle, parts where you cry (literally). Parts that make you go "Awwww!" and parts that make you go "Well, crap!". Parts where you want to help thread the Morning Glories through the fence. Parts where you want to just give the whole family a huge hug (and a decent Mexican meal)! Parts where you cheer! Parts where you know if his Mom reads it, he's in BIG trouble!
Sometimes you want to slap him upside the head for being so stupid (it's ok, he admits he was at times!) and other times you sit there gob-smacked at what he manages to accomplish. Going through one of his days with him will utterly exhaust you...how he does it is beyond me. He's brutally honest about himself and his faults, but also determined not to fail, come hell or no money! An endearing level of confidence brings him back from the brink time after time.
A truly engaging book. A testament to perseverance and the will to succeed. Motivating to me personally. Sean, you should be proud of not only this book but yourself, your family, your dreams and what you've accomplished so far. With you being as young as you are and with such a brilliant future ahead of you, I can't wait to see what else great your way comes.
P.S. Give Cindy and the kids a hug from me, since I kinda like know tons of stuff about them now! LOL.
This book is full of truth and pain, from what seems like it's been a difficult life. That's not to say that the author has been through violence or drugs, but he has certainly seen more financial hardship than I, and most people I know, have.
The fact that Sean Platt is a successful author seems to be in spite of, rather than because of, circumstances. A lot of it has to be owed to his wife, Cindy, who practically forces him to write when he feels he's not good enough. A constant series of events seem to be forcing the author away from writing fiction. And yet he keeps coming back to it.
This book is intriguing, thrilling and captivating. I wasn't expecting to have that reaction to an autobiography, but that's the reaction I had. I'd recommend it, even if you don't know the author.
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Whether you gel with Sean's style or not, if you want to read a (relatively short) story about the adversity that a well-knit and loving family can overcome to support each other in pursuit of their dreams, then this is well worth a read.
I discovered Sean via his site Ghostwriter Dad. His book Writing Online makes a great companion to this one, with loads of great advice for writers. This book however is much more personal and as a result was even more inspiring for me and I believe will be for any writer.
I'm on my second year of full-time writing whilst this book gives a good perspective as it spans five years of Sean's writing career. I'm currently paying the bills with my writing, but it's equally important to me that I find work that is also rewarding and enjoyable. It means a lot to hear that Sean also struggled to find the right kind of work for him at the beginning, and so great to hear that he found fiction writing, which he clearly enjoys a lot.
I was an early convert to Yesterday's Gone, Sean's fiction serial with David Wright and was hooked, going on to read many of their other books, so I was delighted when they teamed up for the Self-Publishing Podcast and Better Off Dead with Johnny B Truant. Listening to these is one of the highlights of my week because they're inspiring and hilarious! (Whilst definitely NSFW or for those of a sensitive disposition!)
In this book however we definitely see a much more introspective and personal side of Sean. At first this is a bit disconcerting as the style of writing is different to what I'm used to from the likes of their character Boricio, a filthy-tongued serial killer!
Sean has said on the Self-Publishing Podcast that this book is a love letter to his wife Cindy, and that really comes across, as does his love for his two children. Cindy sounds like a very special woman, encouraging Sean to write in the first place by buying him his first MacBook and also supporting him through thick and thin.
Whilst at first the writing style may seem a little sentimental compared to his fiction, by the end of the book you can understand why, and can really feel the deep love that Sean has for his family. Whilst I don't have any children, my wife has been similarly supportive of my own journey in becoming a full-time writer I could really relate to this part of the book.
In conclusion - highly recommended to any writers, or `wannabe' writers, whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction!
Writer Dad is the, often painful, story of one father's journey to full time author. It's both inspiring and educational. It's possible to learn from some of the mistakes (leaving room for some new ones of your own!) which is great but, more than anything, this book is testament to the power of belief and never giving up.
Hugely compelling. I read it from cover to cover in a day.
Although I am not a horror fan (nor a Stephen King reader), I bought into Sean and Dave's 'Yesterday's Gone' Series and enjoyed the pace and style of writing, plus their method of production and delivery of this new series format is ground-breaking (they were ahead of Amazon itself who have now caught up with their own series publishing).
However, Sean really comes into his own with Writer Dad. Applying his lyrical tone of voice with an honest telling of his life's story, this book is a great read for any aspiring writers or indeed anyone struggling through life, work and family. I knew much of his back story already (the flower shop, the preschool) but never in this depth and detail. Sean opens up the the reader though the good times and bad, shows you sometimes make bad decisions in life but you have to put aside pride and failure to move on and build new successes.
If you are looking for more detail into his career and how to be a freelance or professional writer, read his other non-fiction works or free ebooks on WriterDad.com. But if you want to know more behind the man and to experience what a writer can go through in his career, read this book!
Thanks Sean, I appreciate you telling us your story. All the best to Cindy, Ethan and Hayley.