How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights Paperback – Mar 27 2007
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The best thing about this writers' guide is that it doesn't sound like any other writers' guide. Gore tells you to do a lot of things that other authors say are either wrong or irrelevant. Sure, you can waste time making yourself a lovely little space to write in, but how's that going to get your name on a published book? What you need to do, Gore says, is just be a writer. If you have a story to tell, tell it, and once you've told it, promote the hell out of it. Publish it yourself, if you have to, and then sell it. Check the local papers, find a spoken-word open-mike night, and go read your material in front of an audience. Send out press releases; publish your own magazine. And, most important, learn real fast that nobody out there will give a damn about what you have got to say until you make them pay attention to you. One of the snappiest, most useful books a writer for hire is likely to read. David Pitt
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Ariel Gore is the author of The Hip Mama Survival Guide, The Mother Trip, and Atlas of the Human Heart, as well as the novel The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.See all Product Description
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"How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead" is a fantastic book on the art of self-promotion. Gore details all of the steps that she went through to get her name in print (and clearly, they must have worked, otherwise I wouldn't be reviewing this book) and in addition, the book is interspersed with interviews with other famous writers (including Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Cho, among others) who also share the secrets of their success.
There might not be a magic formula for writing a best-seller, but there is a formula for becoming a published writer and this book tells us mere mortals exactly what it is.