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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Any useful and practical advice would have helped.
Not having a series of resumes and author biographies would have helped tremendously; that is essentially all the book is, a compilation of interviews of the writer's career with no attempt to apply their personal experience to help other writers. It would be nice if every other sentence was not I, I, I. It really makes the writer seem extremely ego-centric. It seems the writer was motivated to brag and the careers of those who provide advice was not very impressive anyways.
How could the performance have been better?
The performer's tone and voice matches the writing -- self absorbed.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
I am still listening as I write this and I can honestly say I still have not heard anything that can be considered a tip, let alone a useful tip.
This is not a book it is a lengthy advertisement which actually makes me not want to read any of the people mentioned.
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This is a book of interviews with (or essays by) lots of people involved in the business of writing: literary agents, publishers, editors, writers, writing teachers. This is what makes this book so valuable -- the variety of subjects (agenting, editing, contracts and taxing, publishing with big houses, small press publishing, self publishing, fiction, non-fiction, young adults books, picture books, graphic novels, poetry -- you name it, it's covered here) and the stress on nuts and bolts of writing business and its practical issues(though along the way you can gain lots of motivation as well). I was a bit disappointed at the beginning of the book because the first couple of sample queries and proposals were from already established writers with previously published books. This did not seem much of a challenge -- it seemed pretty obvious that a proposal or a query coming from a writer with such pedigree was bound to be successful. But interviews with writers about making a breakthrough and publishing their first books followed in due course, as well as interviews with agents, editors and publishers that had more too say about publishing your first novel. It is a very useful book full of valuable information and advice -- the book to read and reread if you are interested in the subject.