Top positive review
Helpful, Insightful, Discouraging, Encouraging, and Fun to Read--Seriously Good Book
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2014
I like Booklife. It is a book for writers who are serious about their careers, hungry to know what the processes beyond creation actually are, and willing to learn from a bunch of top industry professionals who contribute to this book--including the author, of course.
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