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Success in publishing is equal parts skill, determination, knowledge, and pure, ...
Success in publishing is equal parts skill, determination, knowledge, and pure, dumb luck. If you have the drive, and you have the skill, but you're missing that little bit of insight into the industry, this book might just be the edge you're looking for.
(For the luck...you're on your own.)
Crack the cover to learn more about effective dialogue,
the difference between the major publishers and small press,
self-promoting, naming characters, avoiding procrastination...
and so many other demons that haunt the aspiring author.
The Literary Handyman also includes a series of writing exercises tailored toward helping you to apply the information gained in the book.
Posted June 15, 2011
As an author, I am always looking for ways to improve my craft. Books, articles, sit-downs with other authors - if it involves writing, then I am more than happy to join in at least as a participant, if not a vocal one. "The Literary Handyman" is all of the above. As a book, it is a collection of articles written in a conversational tone, like having an intimate coffee with Danielle. One in which, while working on that ever-important second cup, I can ask something like "I have my supporting characters, and know who they are, but how do I tell the reader their background without talking too much?" And in the very tone she would have if sitting face to face, Danielle replies. The entire book is like that, conversational and friendly from cover to cover, divided between "Craft" and "Business." Yes, business; so after you finish the craft, you know exactly what to do with it, and how to market the work once it is published. And when it comes to marketing, I can think of no better expert than Danielle. This tone set me off at first, but as I continued to read I realized that, much like the beginning of a friendship, the reading of the articles was tentative and unfamiliar. But as I progressed I found this to be a more than pleasant approach, and one I could identify with. I found myself going back and rereading the earlier articles, much like I would revisit early conversations with people I now knew better. She sums up each chapter with things for you to add to your own writing "toolbox," so that eventually you can stop hiring the handyman to come in and help, but instead can be your own craftsman. But really, ultimately, the book is not so much a handyman as a sidekick. A handyman is someone you pay massive sums of money to come in and make repairs for you, until the next time something breaks... and you pay them again. A sidekick is someone you hang out with, have conversations with and spend far less money on... like this book, the price of a few cups of coffee. For myself, I am looking forward to having coffee with Danielle again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.