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Author and blogger VanderMeer (Finch) outlines ways for writers to harness both the emerging power of the Internet and their own creativity in this informative guide. VanderMeer differentiates between a Public Booklife (marketing the book and the writer) and a Private Booklife (strategies to help get words on the page) and suggests that one's ideal Booklife is a dynamic balance of the two. Even though the Web's landscape is constantly shifting, his hints about ways to maximize a writer's exposure—including weighing the pros and cons of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter—can certainly be applied to future social networking sites and blogs. The tips for creating a flourishing Public Booklife will appeal to a wide variety of writers, from those just starting out to those trying to navigate the changing world of book publishing, while the Private Booklife section seems more tailored to new authors. With anecdotes from VanderMeer's own life as a writer, reviewer and blogger, as well as input from agents, editors and publicists, this guide will surely help writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product. (Oct. 15)
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"I've long marveled at Jeff's mad alchemist-like techniques of creation, promotion, and artistic survival through his artful navigation of brambly networks of writers, artists, musicians, historians, hatmakers, bloggers, booksellers, reviewers, and fans. To steal a line from an Eddie Izzard stand-up act, 'No one can live at that speed.'"
?Leslie Ann Henkel, publicist, Berkley/New American Library

?Jeff VanderMeer has written a fascinating book on managing a writing career.... Recommended for anyone who writes, wants to write, or has written and now wonders what to do next.”
?Nancy Kress, author of the best-selling Write Great Fiction

?Absolutely invaluable...a guide to the 21st century for a writer more up to date and accurate than any other book I’ve seen on the market.”
?Tor.com

?If you’re at all interested in writing, especially an eventual career in writing (which nowadays requires considerable skill in self-management and strategic use of promotional tools), Booklife should be on your bookshelf.”
?Brad Moon, Wired

?Booklife is an ambitious and successful attempt at a comprehensive guide to maintaining your sanity while chasing your dreams.”
?Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

?Many books tell us how to write, but Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife tells us how to be an author....VanderMeer made me think, question my own path, and make plans for a more focused move forward.”
?Mur Lafferty, host and creator of the podcast Geek Fu Action Grip

?Who better than VanderMeer, master of the blogosphere and online innovator, to guide us through the burgeoning, oft-breathtaking realm of new media....”
?Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer, Stargate SG-1

?VanderMeer has struck a new sort of balance with the Internet: charming his dedicated fan base on the Web, creating multimedia promotional tools for his books, and actively seeking out new readers like me in the digital crowds.”
?The Publishing Spot

?Jeff VanderMeer has written a smart practical jungle-guidebook for the wilds of 21st-century publishing?its incredible pressures, joys, poisons, and, most importantly, the dangers of a false sense of control.... Floaty creative types?prepare to be taken to task.”
?Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk

?Booklife serves as a much-needed corrective to the sad ?market your book like a carnival huckster’ approach too often found in books of advice for writers these days.”
?Michael A. Arnzen, Gorelets

?Booklife is to authors in today’s publishing climate what Writer’s Market was fifteen years ago: essential.”
?Michelle Richmond, New York Times best-selling author of The Year of Fog

?Excellent advice on building a sustainable writing career.”
?Sacramento Book Review

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tachyon Publications; 1st edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 329 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1892391902
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1892391902
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.04 x 0.93 x 9.02 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, NYT bestseller Jeff VanderMeer has been a published writer since age 14. His most recent fiction is the critically acclaimed novel BORNE, which has received raves from the NYTBR, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more. Paramount Pictures has optioned BORNE for film.

VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy was one of the publishing events of 2014, the trilogy made more than thirty year’s best lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s top 10. Paramount Pictures has made a movie out of the first volume of the Southern Reach, Annihilation, slated for release in 2018 and starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic.com. VanderMeer also wrote the world’s first fully illustrated creative-writing guide, Wonderbook. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited may iconic anthologies. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with two wonderful cats. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and bird watching.

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