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

  • ISBN13: 9781892391902
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Offering timely advice in an era when the burden of production and publicity frequently falls on authors, this essential reference reflects on methods for being focused, productive, and savvy in the craft of writing. Discussing a wide range of essential topics for self-promoting authors, this important guide explores questions such as How can authors use social media and the internet? How does the new online paradigm affect authors, readers, and the book industry? H… More >>

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

5 Comments on "Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer"

  1. I blurbed Jeff Vandermeer’s *Booklife*. I found it full of excellent advice for authors who are trying to expand their public and especially online presence. In fact, I’m using its strategies extensively towards promoting my next book and building my–pardon the corporate-speak–“brand.”

    I’m a Kenyan-Canadian writer in touch with writers from various countries of various backgrounds, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the book. Of course, people need to improvise tactics after reading any strategy manual, but the general principles are sound and insightful.

    As I continue to work with Kenyan-, Somali-, Nigerian-, Jamaican- and other African-Canadian writers (and writers and writing students of all backgrounds), I’ll happily recommend Jeff VanderMeer’s book to them, as well as to writers in Kenya and elsewhere who are hoping to expand their presence and sales in North America.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Love, love, love this book. I’ve enjoyed VanderMeer’s fiction for a long time, but this is the first all-about-writing, all-the-time book he’s done, and it’s hands-down fantastic. If you’re a new writer with a book coming up (or hope to be!) the advice offered here is essential to helping you achieve that ever-elusive “book/life balance” that so many authors crave. Also includes plenty of real world advice on how to integrate social media, dynamic web/content sites, and traditional PR to help your book (and you) succeed in an increasingly competitive market. The only reason I didn’t rate it 5 stars is because it’s not long enough! Luckily, there’s a BookLife website ([…]) for readers who want to continue to enrich their own book life.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Booklife is really the first book that addresses the two main challenges facing modern writers: balancing self promotion and the craft of writing.

    The first half of the book – Public Booklife – covers online forums like blogging, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and how publishing actually works, all of the practical aspects of writing as a career. The second half – Private Booklife – is about how to become a better and more satisfied writer, with the benefit of the author’s own (fascinating!) creative methods as well as insightful essays from other authors.

    “Web-entrepreneur” Jeff VanderMeer has *25* years of experience (whoa) in publishing as a writer, editor, reviewer, high-profile blogger ([…]), and a whole lot more. He’s absolutely the right guy to help writers understand how to become more successful while maintaining integrity and vision. He covers the best ways to use the Internet to increase your profile, the mysteries of the publishing cycle, how to work with publicists effectively, how to create an identity that is in sync with the quality and character of your writing, the process of establishing long-term writing goals, and how to maintain enough personal space to nurture your creativity, and much more. Plus VanderMeer’s writing style is enjoyably infused with his humor and genuineness.

    This book is an absolute must for any writer hacking their way through the jungle of modern publishing. Check it out.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. BOOKLIFE serves as a much-needed corrective to the sad “market your book like a carnival huckster” approach too often found in books of advice for writers these days. Instead, it challenges you to treat the long view of your career with reverence, to write AND market with honesty, and to commit yourself to the literary culture (whether in genre fiction or beyond) in which you hope to exist. The book is savvy about Web2.0 marketing and the way that the book business and freelancers need to understand all things in the trade as well as online, true — and that may very well be its selling point as a “survival guide” — but even more, it’s a testimony to the commitment that Vandermeer has to what he has been doing for over twenty years as an author: writing with conviction and refusing to dumb down for the sake of the lowest common denominator that sometimes, unfortunately, drives the mass market. No matter what genre you write for, if you are a freelance writer who is in it for the long haul — rather than putting all your eggs into a one-book-wonder-basket — then this book belongs on your shelf, nestled between Bruce Holland Rogers’ WORD WORK and David Morrell’s LESSONS IN A LIFETIME OF WRITING. And make sure that shelf is an arm’s length away from your keyboard. For life.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I’ve read lots of books on writing and this is one of the best.

    There are lots of books that cover the techniques of writing, but this is one of the few books I’ve encountered that deals with both the professional and personal sides of the writing life itself.

    The sections dealing with goal setting and with new media (blogging, Twitter, YouTube) are particularly useful.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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