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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:

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1236 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3 of 3 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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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting perspective May 7 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Quick read with lots of info. Jeff breaks it all down into chewable bites and actionable steps - the work still remains to be done on the part of the reader/aspiring writer but doesn't it always?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It spoke to my soul. April 1 2015
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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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