First You Write: The WORST Way to Become an Almost Famous Author and the BEST Advice I Got While Doing It

First You Write: The WORST Way to Become an Almost Famous Author and the BEST Advice I Got While Doing It

by Joni Rodgers
     
 
This funny, uplifting 90-minute read was published live from the London Book Fair and featured by the Center for Fiction as an Essential Books for Writers, leaving thousands of writers laughing, crying and thinking along the way.



In her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir, BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR (HarperCollins 2001), Joni Rodgers

Overview

This funny, uplifting 90-minute read was published live from the London Book Fair and featured by the Center for Fiction as an Essential Books for Writers, leaving thousands of writers laughing, crying and thinking along the way.



In her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir, BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR (HarperCollins 2001), Joni Rodgers invited readers along on her family's harrowing (but hilarious) journey through the Badlands of cancer and self-discovery. In this mini-memoir, Rodgers expands on how events before, during and after her stint in chemo led to her becoming a New York Times bestselling author and celebrity ghostwriter.



Peppered with laughter and enriched with wisdom from friends and mentors, FIRST YOU WRITE challenges aspiring writers to reflect on what compels us to create and shares an optimistic but controversial take on where the publishing industry is headed.



"A lot of people ask me why a New York Times bestselling author repped by William Morris Endeavor would choose to indie publish," says Rodgers. "This is the answer. It isn't perfect, but I tried to be true. And it's a quick read. I kept it short, because the best piece of writing advice I ever received was delivered to me by the late, great Rue McClanahan: Stop kvelling and get back to work."



The Center For Fiction lists FIRST YOU WRITE as an Essential Book For Writers, saying, "Rodgers' writes with wit and candor not only about her circuitous route to becoming a New York Times bestselling memoirist and a critically acclaimed small-press novelist... Rodgers' willingness to experiment (isn't that what artists do?) and to turn preconceived publishing notions on their ear is wonderfully refreshing, and her whip-smart observations will keep you turning (virtual) pages."



KUDOS FOR AUTHOR JONI RODGERS:

"Rodgers is a pure storyteller. She writes with a wit, lyricism, humanity and joy that make her books impossible to put down."

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin



"Alternately wrenching and humorous...Rodgers' strength is a womanly wise, laugh-through-tears appreciation of life."

Publishers Weekly



"Rodgers lives, loves and writes without a safety net... managing the rare literary feat of being painful and funny in one urgent breath."

Entertainment Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Indie E-book Review - Roz Morris
Joni is likable, vulnerable, wise and funny. Her prose is clear as a magnifying glass. The advice mentioned in the title – from mentors and fellow authors – is blunt and honest: 'there are no rules for the unruly'. No rules, no formulae – just a bunch of word-smitten obsessives trying to find their own strength in a crazy profession... Where many writers use humour and attitude to hide, Rodgers mines herself with unflinching honesty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016691619
Publisher:
Stella Link Books
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
269 KB

Meet the Author

Joni Rodgers is the author of several novels, including SUGARLAND and THE HURRICANE LOVER, and a bestselling memoir about her cancer experience, BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR. She's also ghostwritten and book doctored several bestselling celebrity memoirs. Joni and her husband live in Houston, Texas.

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