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How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author [Kindle Edition]

Sevastian Winters

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Product Description

How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author marries the ideologies of excellence in publishing and excellence in the craft of writing, assuming that they are interconnected. No matter where you are in your writing journey, this book will have something of more value to you than the cover price!

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GTU176
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best four bucks you'll invest in your writing business Feb. 3 2012
By R. S. Guthrie - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the self-publishing tsunami overtakes us all, we'd be well-advised to have some cogent, useable advice with which to navigate the storm. Sev Winters points out what ought to be obvious to anyone who's paying attention: giving any cut at all of your book to an agent and/or publisher is making less and less sense. However, the biggest mistake any author can make is to take the tasks associated with self-publishing lightly. Winters provides a road map of sorts, based (as he readily admits) on his own experiences. I'm picky when it comes to advice regarding my writing business (and Winters first grabbed my confidence by not only recognizing that our writing is indeed a business but by driving that point home). All writers should be wary of what advice they absorb--after reading Winters' book, I am convinced it is not only a worthy read but a necessary one.

"Much Gooder Author" delivers on several levels. I have been studying and (more importantly) living the self-pubbers life and I have to say that Winters nails each salient point and offers not only information about each step but also practical examples to further accentuate the core ideas.

Four bucks. It's a latte. Skip your caffeine fix one morning and give your writing career a well-deserved infusion of good, solid, useable information. Dollar for dollar the best four bucks you'll ever spend on your writing business.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the awful cover and read this book Feb. 13 2012
By Marcus Andrews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Independent writer/author Sevastian Winters has some valuable things to say about writing - and the business of writing - in this sharply-worded book. Pay special attention to the section on the importance of branding, something that can spell success or failure for an author regardless of his or her writing ability. Among other things, Winters stresses the importance of an effective cover image - ironic in that this book has one of the worst covers I've ever seen. However, look past the hideous cover and you'll find some real nuggets of wisdom. I can't say that I agree with everything Winters says, but I like him for stating his case and sticking to it unequivocally - which is completely consistent with his views on self-branding.

The material detailing Winters' "story formula" was less valuable to me because, having read umpteen screenwriting books, I recognized that he was espousing a cinematic approach to writing fiction with things like "show; don't tell" and "create suspension." This is the same advice put forward by screenwriting gurus like Robert McKee, and I agree that many writers of fiction would find their work greatly improved if they were to take it. However, it's by no means the only way to go. Overall, however, I thought this was a good read with a lot of useful information and thought-provoking commentary. Just don't stare at that horrible cover too long, or you'll go blind.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your job is to F with people. Enjoy it! Jan. 25 2012
By Christine Cunningham - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this book is the equivalent of walking in the rain with the man who just proposed after he gave you a puppy for Christmas, who's crazy antics helped you find the lost treasure of the Incas just in time to pay for the cure for your future mother-in-law's cancer. Okay, not really but through one of the exercises in this book that potential story can now exist.

In my opinion, it's vital to continue to hone your craft if you want taken seriously as an author. "Gooder" is a great barometer to measure your book against. Of course with any book that advises how to improve anything you must take what works for you and discard what doesn't. That sentiment is expressly made by the author as he adamantly explains he's not the be all or end all, but has experience and can point out pitfalls and blind spots to which we as writers can succumb.

I highly suggest you buy a highlighter when you purchase this book. You will want to make note of the sound information given throughout often in an entertaining tongue-in-cheek quip.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading! May 10 2012
By ManicScribbler - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is compelling reading for any would-be or even already-published writer. It's full of pertinent advice presented in a lively, entertaining and very frank style. It makes great reading even if you aren't an aspiring author - but if you are, and want to become even 'gooder', Sevastian Winters tells you how to do it. Read this book - you won't regret it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Savvy and succinct May 10 2012
By Tara M. Dellafranzia - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've taken several Masters-level classes on epublishing. I'm an experienced 'content creator' which is way more exciting than being a 'job creator' because I get to write and design things. Anyway, this book works well for authors of all levels. It's valuable for writers of fiction and non-fic. I write both, and it's hard to find resources not geared strictly towards one or the other.

Winters is tongue-in-cheek and accessible. I recommend reading this straight through, but keeping it available for reference later to help yourself stay on track.

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