Books Writers Should Read—2. Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark

Write That Book Already! is a great book for aspiring writers who want to learn more about what it takes to be a writer as well as the ins and outs of the publishing world. Author Enablers Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark cover everything from getting started to finding an agent to working with an editor to surviving book tours. Not only do they discuss a myriad of topics, but they do so in an entertaining way and share advice from other writers. Experienced authors will probably already know most of the information presented, but if you have no clue what goes on in the publishing world, then this is the book for you.

Write That Book Already

  • “Writing is an extension of something that is deeply ingrained in the human species—graffiti.”
  • “Whatever your message, writing makes it possible to compose and record your thoughts and stories in a form that will last as long as language is understood. And giving a little thought to why you want and need to write is a good idea.”
  • “Each book and author is unique, and you don’t need to try too hard to be the first, the only, and so on—you already are an original.”
  • “Start writing, and the muse will come. Not every time, but keep at it, and the muse will come enough for you to get the initial writing done.”
  • “Reading is what makes many of us decide to be writers; reading fuels our imagination, and even helps us to learn how grammar and syntax work. So read. Read as much as you can, all the time.”
  • “The only thing that will help you get that book finished is one very simple thing: apply butt to chair, and write.”
  • “Finding an agent to represent you involves a mix of ingredients that includes some focused effort and good timing, as well as the aforementioned sticktoitiveness.”
  • “Just because you have a great computer and the most up-to-date word processing software and templates, there’s no substitute for good writing, rewriting, and editing. Remember—Shakespeare wrote with a pen and Homer was blind.”
  • “What kind of book are you best suited to write? If you want your book to lead the pack, you must write in a genre and deliver a manuscript that suits you as an author, in terms of both your talent and skills and your background and education, . . . and write on a subject for which there is an audience, in a manner that communicates your story and message.”
  • “Don’t set out to write a bestseller—set out to write the best book you can.”

To hear more advice from the Author Enablers, check out their BookPage column. Keep an eye out for my post on Friday, where I will share a book that helps you learn how to develop deep, complex characters.

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