Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer

Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer

Jeff VanderMeer

Language: English

Pages: 329

ISBN: 1892391902

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The world has changed, and with it the craft of writing. In addition to the difficulties of putting pen to paper, authors must now contend with a slew of new media. This has forever altered the relationship between writers and their readers, their publishers, and their work. In an era when authors are expected to do more and more to promote their own work, Booklife steers readers through the bewildering options:

-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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fundamental mistake about the relationship of a writer to, for example, even the text of an interview. I know from personal experience that during an interview a writer may say anything that comes into his or her head, may make things up with a kind of innocent honesty of wanting to be interesting — or simply do not want to engage some aspect of the book publicly, and thus misrepresent or change their real intent. Which is why reviewers should ignore most public statements by the author about

as a guest, just do not take the risk, even if meant in a humorous way. If you do guest blog, make sure you provide proper context about your work and yourself in your first post. After you guest blog, find some way to pay back or pay forward the opportunity. This isn’t quid pro quo, but simply being considerate. Even if you’re a small fish and the platform you guest blogged on is run by a big fish, that person will appreciate the gesture. Perhaps the best way to pay back the favor is to

might all be bookstore managers or professional journalists, for example. I recently answered reader questions for Joseph Mallozzi’s blog. When I agreed to the opportunity, it was an off-the-cuff decision. I wasn’t busy and readers of his blog had bought one of my books. After I answered the questions, I discovered Mallozzi is an executive producer of several TV shows and that his blog gets heavy traffic for this reason. I’d inadvertently exposed a large, fresh group of readers to my work. It

still stare at me from the closet, a Greek chorus shouting “idiot!” every time I walk past them. Support from Your Partner Writing is a solitary activity, but you need to have some kind of moral support or it can become a lonely activity. I’m lucky in that my wife Ann is my partner in editing projects, my first reader for books, and loves my work — yet she still has the distance to give me honest feedback. Because she isn’t also a fiction writer, there’s no tension between rival careers,

clients are looking for guidance and leadership. Others know exactly what they’re about and they may only want you to make a deal for them, or to handle the back office sort of stuff. But at the end of the day, I think everyone realizes that the agent works for the client. Shana Cohen: Who needs a boss? It’s more like a marriage — I’m better at the business side, but I wouldn’t want to write; if you feel strongly about particular suggestions for edits, it’s your book and you’re the writer, I

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