- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Shaw Books; 1st edition (October 17, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877888760
- ISBN-13: 978-0877888765
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,628,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
WriterSpeaker.com: Internet Research and Marketing for Writers and Speakers Paperback – October 17, 2000
See the Best Books of the Month
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
From the Inside Flap
Internet Research and Marketing for Writers and Speakers
Even though computer literacy doesn't come naturally to her, Carmen Leal mastered the computer and the Internet and plumbed its depths. Here she offers writers, speakers, school kids, people looking for support groups, and others a practical, user-friendly guide to Internet research and marketing.
Leal starts with the basics -- computer equipment and Internet access -- and explains e-mail, chat rooms, forums, and newsgroups, search engines, and protocol. She goes on to point readers to hundreds of web sites that may meet their particular needs, and then helps them cerate and promote their own web sites. The book includes links to a special site for receiving updated information and web addresses.
About the Author
Carmen Leal is a speaker, musician, mother, caregiver, marketing consultant, and writer. Leal is also the author of Faces of Huntington's, which she self-published and ahs marketed entirely through the Internet.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
That said, I do have a slight issue with the marketing of this book as pure Internet reference, because that's not exactly what it is. Ms. Leal's target audience is actually NOT the seasoned writer or speaker who just needs to rev up his or her personal research engine. She's writing for, and to, beginning writers and aspiring professional speakers. Much of her book (some entire chapters and several partial chapters) is devoted to introducing neophytes to the craft and the business of writing or speaking. Thus, considering my six years of experience as a writer, I found myself skimming great swaths of text, with my eyes pausing only when I glimpsed the italic print with which all those juicy internet links are helpfully set apart.
Bottom line: This book is most definitely worth the $10 Amazon will charge you for it, and more. However, its scope is, in my opinion, a bit broad. It would be more useful to professional writers and speakers if it came in a separate, streamlined edition -- one without all the newbie advice we've already heard and benefited from long ago.
Written in a motivating and well-researched way so that even the seasoned Internet User/Writer/Speaker will glean valuable ideas.
If someone other than the book's author had asked me to read this book, I doubt I would have bothered to do so. And, oh what I would have missed had I not read it! "Technical reading" is not usually my choice. In fact, the last time I read a technical book it was assigned reading in college. I swore then that I would never use my precious reading time for technical reading again. Carmen Leal managed to change my mind on the matter, and I am very glad that she did.
My chance meeting with the energetic and engaging author of several books must have been one of those fortuitous moments we all hope for. I found myself face to face with a published author who was real, down to earth, and interested in my personal desire to write. Her energy is contagious. Her passion for writing--and helping others to do so--is overwhelming. She makes the whole writing process from beginning to end seem so easy. With an attitude that says, "If I can do it, so can you," she encourages writers and would-be writers to strive to reach their goals.
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of interacting with Carmen Leal on numerous occasions. She always takes the time to inquire about my writing life. She never misses an opportunity to inform or encourage. No wonder WriterSpeaker.com is so reader-friendly. Its author is reader, speaker, and writer friendly as well!
In addition to this, her first technical book, Leal is the author of Faces of Huntington's and the co-author of Pinches of Salt, Prisms of Light. She teaches writing classes for the Collier County Public School System's Adult Education Program, lectures on various writing topics for the Friends of the Library at the Collier County Public Library, and travels extensively to speak at various writing conferences.
Whether the Internet is a constant companion or a new acquaintance, this book offers an amazing wealth of information. Its pages are filled with information specifically designed to meet the needs of writers and speakers. This is a reference book unlike any I have ever read before. In just 269 pages, Leal has addressed internet features, research, tips for finding writing resources including copyright laws, self-publishing hints, business savvy, online writing opportunities and classes, website development, and much much more.
In a highly unusual move, Leal has taken her readers into the "web" via a web address which links to the untold numbers of resources found in her book. She is quick to point out, "All links are checked periodically, and dead websites are eliminated. New websites come with brief descriptions."
Written from her heart, Leal guides the beginning writer through the keys to becoming a successful writer: "Read and listen. Join. Work at your craft. Attend a writer's/speaker's conference or convention. Know the publishing industry." Internet sources to work at each of these keys are addressed in WriterSpeaker.com.
Leal writes that the internet can take us "beyond research and on to success" in our craft by (1)"allowing us to target our work to specific editors," (2) "providing a place to showcase one's work," and (3) "streamlining the communication process between writers and editors."
WriterSpeaker.com has been placed on my desk next to the computer. It is already looking a bit old and worn, but it will likely be my new best friend as I work at perfecting my own writing life with the help of Internet features and great friends like author Carmen Leal.
by Lee Ambrose
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Carmen Leal is a successful author who has made use of the Web to research her books. In WriterSpeaker.com, she opens her files, replicates her notes and shares what she has found. She shows you how and where to find what you need.
As the author of 113 books (including revisions and foreign-language editions) and over 500 magazine articles, I highly recommend this volume to writers, speakers and anyone who needs information resources for their work. DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com.
Most recent customer reviews