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

Jeff Goins
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Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You 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 transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
- What “good” writing is (and isn’t)
- 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 find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It’s about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.


Table of Contents


Part 1: Writing

You ARE a Writer: Claiming the Title
Writers Write
The Myth of Good
It Gets Tough

Part 2: Getting Read

Three Tools Every Writer Needs
You Need a Platform 
Your Brand is You
Channels of Connection

Part 3: Taking Action

Getting Started
Before Your First Book
When the Pitching Ends
What Next?

About the Author

Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and communicator. He believes words can change the world and that brownies are the world's best breakfast food. He has contributed to various publications and blogs, including Relevant Magazine, Copyblogger, Problogger, and Zen Habits (voted by Time magazine as one of the top 50 websites of 2008). Jeff lives in Nashville with his wife, his son, and his dog. He secured office space to force himself to get out of his pajamas and interact with humans. To connect with Jeff, visit him at any of the following: Email: Blog: Facebook: Twitter:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 134 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Janet Sketchley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Jeff Goins packs a lot of coaching and practical information into these digital pages.

His premise is that writers (and wanna-bes) need to stop waiting for permission or endorsement from someone in the industry. We need to write our passion instead of writing to please the gatekeepers. And we need to do it well.

It begins with showing up. Day after day.

We need to talk ourselves into writing instead of out of it. Writing regularly will train us and develop our voices. If we risk posting that writing on a blog or sharing it with our friends, we’ll discover what works and what doesn't.

It’ll take a lot of work and perseverance, and a large chunk of the battle is mental.

Once we've decided to show up, or to rediscover the joy of writing if we've become disillusioned or worn down, You Are A Writer has good advice on things like platform-building, branding and connections.

Jeff Goins' approach is to “serve your way into relationships,” not in a manipulative way, but as a way of life. Give to others. Meet their needs. It’s the old saying: what goes around, comes around. Or the Golden Rule: treat others the way you wish to be treated.

We all know sometimes this will bite us. But it works. And it makes for a more contented life.

It’s definitely worked for Mr. Goins. He’s served up plenty of free, quality writing advice on his blog, and the gatekeepers are now coming to him with invitations.

My review copy is one of the free Kindle downloads he offered in 2012. The book is a valuable resource that could make a difference in your life – if you are a writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It spoke to my soul. April 1 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jeff has a gift for speaking and writing to writers about the real, the raw, and the authentic life of an artist/writer and he does so with a credibility and integrity I appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love his work April 1 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jeff Goins writes from the heart. I love his work. A very inspiring book. Thanks Jeff..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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.
69 of 72 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.
27 of 28 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!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A writer who wants you to write May 2 2012
By Elane O'Rourke - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not a writer. I write, but I write in order to. For me, writing isn't about writing; writing is a tool to achieve something else. A more concrete example: I cook, but I'm not a chef, and it's not because I don't get paid for it. I'm not a chef because my cooking is in service of eating, not of cooking. I cook in order to eat, or so others can eat, but cooking isn't at the core of who I am. Neither is writing core. I write in order to teach minds and train souls.

Jeff Goins is a writer. More than that, Goins is a writer who wants you to be a writer too. He doesn't just want you to write, or to write in order to. Goins wants you to be a writer too. In his new e-book, You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One), Goins tells you how to be a writer when writing is core. Even when something else is core for you, like teaching minds and training souls is for me, there's a lot to be gleaned here.

In his easy, conversational style, Jeff Goins lightly shares his own failures and successes, so that you, his reader the writer, might find succor and sustenance in them. But his warm tone is just slightly deceiving, because Goins isn't going to let you off the hook. He is very clear: writing is work, and sharing your writing is work too. You must find your audience (they are there), find your voice (you have one), and get your voice out where your audience can hear it. It's that piece that Goins wants to help you with, "building a platform, so you don't have to pitch or sell yourself." How does he help you? By teaching you how to pitch and sell yourself.

Goins' insights are summarized with this early claim, "Every successful communicator has three important tools, in some form or another. They are: 1. A platform to share your writing. 2. A brand to build trust with readers. 3. Channels of connection to distribute your art." From that point on, he tells you how to find that platform, discover your brand, and build your channels. It is this last tool, building your channels, that Goins hands over and teaches you to use. In the most explicitly instructive section of the book, Goins provides a step-by-step guide to getting published and building your readership, including sample contact letters and what not to do.

But the bottom line for Goins is this: writers are not those starving shadows in a darkened attic, drinking themselves to death for the sake of their art. At least not the successful ones. Writers must be communicators, working with others, building relationships, finding their "tribes." This is the true message of the book, communicated in Goins' own generous and loving style.

If you are looking for Twelve Essential Steps to Making a Living Writing, or Journal Your Way to Publishers' Weekly, or even Unleash Your Creative Angel, this is not the book for you. But if you want life-giving encouragement and practical insight from a real writer, read this book. Then write.
44 of 55 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. :)
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