How to Become A Famous Writer Before You're Dead

How to Become A Famous Writer Before You're Dead

Your Words in Print and your Name in Lights

Book - 2007
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This may come as a shock, but brilliant writing and clever wordplay do not a published author make. True, you'll actually have to write if you want to be a writer, but ultimately literary success is about much more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Before you snap your pencil in half with frustration, please consider the advice writer, teacher, and self-made lit star Ariel Gore offers in this useful guide to realizing your literary dreams. If you find yourself writing when you should be sleeping and scribbling notes on odd pieces of paper at every stoplight, you might as well enjoy the fruits of your labor. How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead is an irreverent yet practical guide that combines solid writing advice with guerrilla marketing and promotion techniques guaranteed to launch you into print--and into the limelight. You'll learn how to: * Reimagine yourself as a buzz-worthy artist and entrepreneur* Get your work and your name out in the world where other people can read it* Be an anthology slut and a brazen self-promoter* Apply real-world advice and experience from lit stars like Dave Barry, Susie Bright, and Dave Eggers to your own careerCheaper than an M.F.A. but just as informative, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead is your catapult to lit stardom. Just don't forget to thank Ariel Gore for her inspiring, hands-on plan in the acknowledgments page of your first novel!
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307346483
Characteristics: xiv, 265 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Famous writer

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Jul 31, 2014

As Ariel's inspiration to write this book came from a promise to a young writer who tragically died before she had the chance to mentor her, for that reason alone, this book has particular relevance for me. Writing is usually a very solitary experience - so new writers in particular, really need a connection to good mentors if they ever expect to be heard or earn a living at writing.

This book can serve as one of those great writing mentors. Even an experienced writer can glean a lot from this book, with all of its attention to newer forms of publishing. It reads like a good friend who is giving you all of the best that they have, culminating from a near-lifetime of work experience in your field of interest.

This book is filled with inside information that any writer can use to inspire, motivate and challenge. It's also entertaining, filled with great humor and advice that only someone who understands what it really is to be a writer would ever know about.

She scatters little writing exercises throughout which, when completed, can provide a great release and fun way to really get your creative juices flowing. Above all, this book points to publishing and promotion strategies that some writers may either have not known about, considered or tried - which all may lead to other opportunities. In that way, it is invaluable - as it really covers the new landscape of publishing for writers.

xMenace Mar 12, 2013

Basic stuff with some interesting author interviews. Nothing I haven't read elsewhere.

I find her prose rather verbose and annoying. I tended to want to skip over much.

A worthy read, but skim the wide collection of topics and pick ones you aren't comfortable with.


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