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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Goins , Sarah Mae
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You Are a Writer is a book about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century.

Author Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional. He gives you practical tips for freelancing, how to get published in magazines, and what it takes to build a platform that brings the gatekeepers to you.

This journey of becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. Readers will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here's what else you will learn:

  • How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
  • What it takes to build a platform
  • Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
  • Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
  • Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
  • The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to get more readers and fans of your writing
You Are a Writer is a book that will help you fall back in love with writing and make the connections you need to build your brand as a writer. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.

And it all begins with you.

Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Sarah Mae
  • Introduction
  • Writers Are Born, Not Made
  • The Truth About Writing
  • Building a Platform 
  • Establishing a Brand
  • Channels of Connection
  • Getting Started
  • Before Your First Book
  • What Next?
  • About the Author
  • Share this Book

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Jeff Goins; 1 edition (April 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mark Nenadov TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine a public speaking book married a weight loss treatment sales pamphlet and had a child about writing. Okay, I admit that's an awkward image, but it seems fitting here. To be fair, the central point of the book is valid. If you are an aspiring writer, don't wait for approval, write and build an audience.

I felt like I was sitting through an awkward sales pitch. It's as if I was reading a self-help book, and got the striking sense that the author was trying out his techniques on me!

I mean no personal offence towards Jeff at all, but I'm not sure I want to become this kind of writer. I see little, if anything, in the writing style that could inspire emulation. If one were looking for a pep talk, they could probably find a more generic self-help book helpful.

I'm thankful I got the book for free and it was a really quick read. I recommend that readers read the title and move on, applying the title to their craft. I also recommend that this book be renamed to capture a broader audience. Perhaps "You Are A Sales Person (Now Start Pitching Yourself)" would be suitable.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep. You are a writer. April 30 2012
By Jen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A few months ago I started following a blog called Jeff Goins Writer. I blog stalked for a bit and found mysef impressed with the way Jeff fills pages. Naturally, I was excited to read You Are a Writer.

You Are a Writer is half pep talk, half marketing course. The pep talk is for anyone with a dream. We all either have a dream or a lying problem. Sure, the focus of this book is writing, but much of it can be applied elsewhere. The marketing course covers the marketing of YOU.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff offers up some of his personal experiences in becoming a writer and specific steps that you may follow on your journey, from building a platform to pitching your work.
56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Writers . . . to the new age. April 30 2012
By Paul Jun - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
There really hasn't been a better time to be a writer. Anyone about to read this book should be damn happy that they weren't a writer even a couple years ago. The tools, methodology, and insight readily available to spread your ideas and to attract an audience is viable than ever.

But the question is, are you up for it? Are you done making excuses for yourself that you aren't a writer? Are you going to go work that job you hate or partake a field that you don't fully love?

This book by Jeff Goins is the ULTIMATE guide to getting you back in love with your craft, develop a platform to convey your message and ideas, and to build a remarkable life that can be both fruitful and incredibly fun.

Simple, plenty of call to action and examples -- this book has everything you need to start.

Don't know how to blog? Read this book.
Don't know how to find your voice? Read this book.
Don't know where to start? Read this book.
Don't know what it takes to make it in this new world of writing and spreading life-changing ideas?


This book isn't a one-stop-shop.

Jeff openly shares his creativity, writing, and life tips on his blog, and this eBook has its own website: [...]

The value that you're getting from both this book, Jeff's newsletter (and his other free books, hint hint), is invaluable. Nothing can compete.

The tools are here. It's your choice to pick them up or not.

Enjoy, and please . . . stop lying to yourself. You are a writer and you know it.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaving Self-Doubt Behind May 2 2012
By September McCarthy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a writer. I have a story. Life has written this for me. This ebook has re-invented courageous for me. I am going to become who I am. I am a writer. Now. Jeff has taken his journey of becoming and convinced the leaders in self-doubt, procrastination, and fear to - Get Going and Write. Starting now. See you the finish line. Amazing!
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will Passion Get You Published? May 17 2012
By Joe H. Bunting - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favorite writers, Thomas Merton, wrote:

"If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men--you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead."

I love this quote, but I disagree with Tom. And so, it seems, does Jeff Goins. Early in You Are a Writer, Jeff says, "[Writers] need to do what they love. They need to write. Sounds idealistic, right? But I believe this is the key to creating your best work."

In other words, you should write for passion, for love of the craft, for the implicit joy of writing.

For yourself.

We hear a lot of people this these days saying, "Follow your bliss. Live your dream. Make money off your passion." It sounds great. If only it worked. Unfortunately, passion only takes you so far, and following your dream is easy until it's not, until you run into some obstacles and things get painful and then really painful. Jeff himself admits following your passion to be a writer is really hard, and step two of the book, after you follow your passion, is to learn how to market and sell your writing. To write for yourself, in other words, you have to write for others.

And there's the problem with this follow your bliss advice. The dream of writerly bliss becomes painful and then you have to discipline yourself and learn how to write for others. Eventually, Jeff seems to say that if you're just writing for yourself, you'll quit. You have to learn to enjoy writing for an audience.

I don't disagree with Jeff. I disagree with Merton. I think you SHOULD write for yourself. But you should also write for others, and don't leave out God either.

Let's call this what it is: to be successful at writing, you have to write for God, for others, and for yourself. If you leave out one, the whole thing topples. William Blake tried to write for God and he lived penniless and depressed. Van Gogh tried to write for himself and he cut his ear off. I don't think I have to use any examples to show the perils of writing solely for others, either.

Besides that, Jeff's book is great. I had trouble finishing it because of all the notes I made in my journal, all the times I wanted to run off and write. If you're a writer (or if you write and aren't sure you're a writer), you probably should read this book. At the very least, it will encourage and provoke you.

Just make sure you take that whole follow your passion thing with a grain of salt. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another book for writers May 1 2012
By Amie McCracken - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins is not just another book for writers. It's one that mixes practical steps, wit, and honesty all into one big bowl and then bakes it for you. It's about how to be a writer for the love of it and get yourself out there; not in a publishing sense necessarily but in a 'I have a voice and I will be heard' kind of way.

Jeff's words touched me straight to the core from the very beginning. Simple honesty. Along with all the therapies that suggest we should be happy and watch our circumstances change instead of waiting for happiness, Jeff pushes the message that you are a writer and your circumstances will change because you acknowledge that. It isn't about what you want to be when you grow up, it's about what you are right now. I'm not saying you have to be mature, I'm saying you have to own who you are right now. Be in the moment.

The writing in Jeff's book about writing is witty, simple, straight forward. The segments are quick and easy anecdotes that flow into each other with ease. He gives logical and clear steps on how to go beyond the writing and build a platform. The book as a whole is strong but not overpowering. It's certainly digestible.

I received this book from the author for review.
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