This was originally posted on www.wilsonswords.co.uk but I liked the book so much I thought I’d repost it here too with a few minor updates.
Now before I go into details of the book I should tell you something. This is largely Jeff’s Fault! He is the reason I actually took the dive into having a self hosted and WordPress blog, his example of restarting his blog made me decided to start a new and his example in this book encouraged me to write more seriously.
So I hope you’ll see at the end of this review how successfully his book actually achieved its aim.
Jeff’s book follows his own adventure of achieving his dream of becoming a writer and he tells us how to do the same.
So why should I read it?
Well maybe your someone who’s always wanted to be a writer, but never really started. Or perhaps you’ve got a blog but want to start getting paid for writing, perhaps you’ve even had a few articles published but it’s not go beyond that. Jeff’s book is for every one of these people and more.
So what’s in it?
Jeff starts with his story of going from being almost ashamed to talk about his journey, then spends some time dealing with the first steps of becoming a writing. Saying you are one.
After this Jeff gives you some of the essential tools you’ll need to become a writer.
- A platform,
- A brand
- Getting connected.
Jeff adds more of his own story to the picture to help you see how he did it, but he also includes other examples.
Finally, there is a section on how to pitch a writing idea to a magazine or as a guest post with some general guidance, attitudes and advice on how to get published and how to deal with rejection. Jeff also includes some very handy sample pitching letters that can be adapted.
The last word
All in all I think it’s a great book for a writer, who’s never had the guts to go for it. Or for the occasional writer who’s never really gone all out for it. It’s not a get rich quick or instant success book and it probably won’t turn you into the next J.K. Rowling or other sudden success story. But it will turn you into a writer.