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The Writing Life: Reflections, Recollections, And a Lot of Cursing by [Jeff Strand]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08Q7HKG3G
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 14, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3439 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B08Q9SB782
  • Customer Reviews:
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Jeff Strand's bio was funnier when he talked about losing the Bram Stoker Award four times, but he's now a Bram Stoker Award WINNER!

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, almost always with a great big dose of humor. He's written five young adult novels that all fall into the "really goofy comedy" category.

Several of his books are in development as motion pictures, and he's mostly not allowed to blab any details, which he finds MADDENING.

He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife and one gigantic freaking cat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to be a horror author?
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 9, 2023
A hilarious tome brimming with Strand's signature dark humor, this book is also a wealth of knowledge for authors still learning how to navigate the world of horror publishing.

Having had the chance to hang with Jeff in person several times now at various conventions, one of the first things I noticed about him (aside from the fact that he'll have you laughing your ass off with one-liners consistently) is how welcoming he is to newer authors that are still breaking into the field. Jeff goes out of his way to give you that "one of us, one of us!" feeling, and it resonated deeply for me...and I think this book carries that same mentality.

The horror publishing landscape can be confusing, overwhelming, and there are moments where you can feel lost when first venturing down these dark literary roads. This book serves almost as a guide, a collection of misadventures and milestones of success, and once you realize Jeff has traveled these roads personally and run into a variety of personalities and situations along the way, the way forward starts to seem less intimidating. It's easy to relate to these anecdotes, the good & the bad.

I still feel that I'm in an early stage in my own writing journey. So much to learn, mistakes to make, lessons to absorb, experiences to savor. If you're an author who shares similar feelings, this porthole into Jeff's writing story will be hugely beneficial to you.

I feel like a core theme of the book is: stay hungry, keep writing, and slowly but surely, you'll carve out your individual legacy in the horror world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Writing Life (for real)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, so very funny and truly inspiring!
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