WRITE THAT BOOK ALREADY! is a great volume for aspiring and established authors because the motivation, empowerment, and very useful knowledge it provides do not come to an end once you have finished reading the book itself. In fact, in many ways, that is when it takes on its greatest meaning and function.
Like the title implies, it is about undertaking the challenge of producing a book in which others will hopefully want to invest time and funds. And as the subtitle states, it's also about The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now. Authors Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark provide plenty of the kind of information you might expect to find in a book on writing and publishing, such as identifying goals, establishing a schedule, and attending writing conferences. But they also offer the kind of gritty down-to-earth reports you don't find in most books on how to launch a successful writing career. These include a tough-love fact that has stunned many a first-time author: "once you engage an agent and sell to a publisher your book isn't solely yours anymore." And also this sage bit of wisdom: "Be a pro. Writing for publication means you will experience some rejection, other people's opinion, and endless rewrites. If you're not up for this, it really is fine to stick to journaling."
Per the column they write for BookPage, Goldmark and Barry refer to themselves as "Author Enablers." Much of what they present in Write That Book Already! justifies such a description because they go far beyond the basics of managing to complete and sell a book. They explore, again with tough-love honesty -and quite a bit of humor as well-such subsequent issues as author and editor relationships, meeting the demands of publicity and marketing, and keeping your book alive beyond a single edition.
Of particular appeal throughout the pages of Write That Book Already! are guest appearances by well-known authors who present stories and insights from their individual journeys to success. From Amy Tan discussing how she turned the negative experience of receiving rejection notices into positive motivation, to April Sinclair, Scott Turow, and other famous authors describing works that inspired them, the brief shared experiences collected in this single volume almost make you feel as if you're participating in an exclusive literary conference arranged just for you. The foreword by "phenomenal woman" Maya Angelou is a major bonus. Also impressive is the "Glossary of Publishing Terminology" that provides a crash course on the vernacular needed to communicate effectively throughout each stage of the publishing process with those who eventually create one's actual book.
As an author of eight books that were published by both traditional and nontraditional means, I didn't think I could learn very much from Write That Book Already! I was wrong. Ironically enough, I won a copy of the book when my blog-post, The Passion-Driven Writer and the Digital-Age Literary Marketplace, was selected as one of several featured on Red Room. Not only has it expanded my understanding of contemporary authorship but it inspired me to take another look at some notes I'd jotted down quite a while ago for a proposed book number nine, insert a few additions, and prepare to get it done already.
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