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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

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by Jeff Goins

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Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in


Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here's what else you will learn:

-How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one

-What "good" writing is (and isn't)

-How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself

-What it takes to build a platform

-Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)

-Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines

-Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers

-The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.


Table of Contents


Part 1: Writing

You ARE a Writer: Claiming the Title

Writers Write

The Myth of Good

It Gets Tough

Part 2: Getting Read

Three Tools Every Writer Needs

You Need a Platform

Your Brand is You

Channels of Connection

Part 3: Taking Action

Getting Started

Before Your First Book

When the Pitching Ends

What Next?

Editorial Reviews

Reviewer - Denise Blake
Think of Goins book as a mentor who slips out from between the pages as a fully formed apparition, sitting in front of you, and guiding you step by step through an experience he has lived and breathed.

More importantly, he promises a more appealing route: one where the gatekeepers come to you...

If you struggle with naming it, embodying it, and being it�a writer�read this book.
Reviewer - Denise Smedley
Jeff shares his personal journey of going from �aspiring writer� to published author. He talks about not waiting to be picked, but rather, picking himself.

Jeff has put in countless hours into his craft. He knows what works and what doesn�t when it comes to finding your voice, building a brand, and marketing your work.
Reviewer - Elizabeth Chapin
As an academic who doesn't have a marketing bone in my body, Jeff Goins helped me understand branding for my blog in a new way.
Reviewer - Tyler Hurst
I wish I had read this book ten years ago. My time in college was wasted NOT writing, and I can�t help but think how much better I�d be had I taken my writing seriously earlier. Not that I regret transferring from journalism school, but I could have kept writing. Another 3-4 years under my belt would have been fantastic.

Sure, the lessons would have been different. The technology would have been relatively primitive. But the core message, that to be a writer you first need
Reviewer - Michael Hyatt
Jeff Goins provides the tools and insights you need to build your platform, develop an audience, and make meaningful connections. No writer should embark on his or her writing journey without reading this first!

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Tribe Press
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Meet the Author

Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and communicator. He believes words can change the world and that brownies are the world's best breakfast food.

He has contributed to various publications and blogs, including Relevant Magazine, Copyblogger, Problogger, and Zen Habits (voted by Time magazine as one of the top 50 websites of 2008).

Jeff lives in Nashville with his wife, his son, and his dog. He secured office space to force himself to get out of his pajamas and interact with humans.

To connect with Jeff, visit him at any of the following:
Email: jeff@goinswriter.com
Blog: goinswriter.com
Facebook: facebook.com/goinswriter
Twitter: twitter.com/jeffgoins

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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nckristib More than 1 year ago
You Are A Writer is inspiring and encouraging! Jeff Goins is a very effective communicator and prolific writer. I will refer back to his book whenever I need a pep talk!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading and could not put it down. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I thought of myself as an aspiring writer before I read this book, but now I can say, I am a writer! Thanks, Jeff!
Kathleen_Doyle88 More than 1 year ago
“When I started writing everyday, I realized a painful truth: I can’t react and create at the same time. Neither can you.Our brains don’t work well when we try doing too many things. Though we may have eclectic interests, we can only do one thing at a time and do it well.” - Page 29 This resonated with me. When I received this book for review it was with the understanding of having the review up by a certain date. I thought I could do it, no problem. There was a problem though: I already had way too much on my plate. I had the A to Z Challenge, participation in a book blog tour, family commitments, social media, and my writing. Somewhere in all of that the review of Jeff Goins’ book got lost. “Multitasking is a myth. You can either create or react. But you can’t do both. Choose wisely.” - Page 30 That’s not the only thing he talks about though. His book covers some of the most important things for writers to consider, including brand, platform, and freelance work. He uses his experiences throughout his writing career to teach us what we might not know about writing and reaching an audience. I’ve been reading his blog for a while now and I subscribe to his newsletter. Both are great resources, but this book is the culmination of all of that. It is worth studying over and over again so we can remember why we got into writing in the first place (Passion) without loosing sight of what writing really is (Work).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to motivate creative people to get to work.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
"You are a writer." It's the key phrase to Jeff Goins' book. Once you've accepted you're a writer, this book will help you start on a path to acting like it. It's filled with great tips on what you should do and how you should do them in simple terms. If you want to be a writer and you're just starting out, read this book. Goins never claims it's easy, and it won't be, but it's worth it in the end.
bunkerNK More than 1 year ago
Excellent motivator.