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Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer Paperback – October 1, 2009
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-What should authors avoid doing on the Internet?
-How does the new paradigm affect authors, readers, and the fundamentals of book publication?
-What’s the difference between letting Internet tools use you and having a strategic plan?
-How do authors protect their creativity while still advancing their careers?
-How do you filter out white noise and find the peace of mind to do good work?
Award-winning author, editor, and Web-entrepreneur Jeff VanderMeer shares his twenty-five years of experience to reveal how writers can go about:
-Using new media: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, podcasts, and IM
-Effectively networking in the modern era (why it’s not all about you)
-Understanding the lifecycle of a book and your role in the publication process
-Finding balance between your public and private lives and personas
-Creating a brand and identity tied to your strengths and your writing
-Working with your publisher: editors, publicists, marketing, and sales
-Taking the long view: establishing short- and long-term professional goals
-Getting through rejection and understanding the importance of persistence
-Enjoying and enhancing your creative process and more
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?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.”
?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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Booklife will not teach you how to write well. It will not teach you how to structure or characterize or edit purple prose. But it WILL teach you how to cope with being a writer, how to live properly the writer's life, how to avoid many pitfalls, and how view the process of publication. Also, how to view your own work and plan your own career realistically.
The book reads like an easy-going conversation with VanderMeer. Every so often, related professionals chime in. Then the appendices are full of a WEALTH of useful info that comes directly from editors, publicists, and agents. In a conversational tone, again.
Very interesting read. Enlightening and admonishing. It serves up the dirt, the grime, the ecstasy, and the mundanity of the writer's life. If you want to have a chance a a successful writing career, buy this book.
I also recommend:
1) The Forest for the Trees by Lerner
2) On Writing by Stephen King
3) Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing by David Morrell
4) Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne
5) Outlining Your Novel by Weiland
6) Scene and Structure by Bickham
7) Any of Chuck Wendig's books (or his blog) on writing
8) Anne Rice's writing advice from her Youtube channel
9) Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers by Lamson
10) How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction by J. N. Williamson
11) Dark Thoughts on Writing by Stanley Wiater
VanderMeer writes with a warm and gentle voice, and emphasizes the importance of honesty, to one self and to others. Even if you are not a writer or don't even aspire to be one, this book can give you fresh ideas for your chosen path. And also very interesting insight into the world of book publication.
The first section delves into online platforms and media opportunities including blogs, social networking (Twitter, FaceBook), book trailers, reviews, podcasts, and dedicated book / author websites, and provides insights to select the most effective and honest strategy. VanderMeer recommends setting goals and outlines how to create detailed plans. In part two, he discusses writing and revision, how to deal with rejections, and setting work schedules. This well-organized, thoughtful book concludes with more than 100 pages of appendices filled with information from and about agents, booksellers, editors, publicists, and published writers.