Booklife : Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer

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Offering timely advice in an era when the burden of production and publicity frequently falls on authors, this essential reference reflects on methods for being focused, productive, and savvy in the craft of writing. Discussing a wide range of essential topics for self-promoting authors, this important guide explores questions such as How can authors use social media and the internet? How does the new online paradigm affect authors, readers, and the book industry? How can authors find the time to both create and promote their work? and What should never be done? Through good-humoured encouragement, practical tips of the trade culled from 25 years of experience as a writer, reviewer, editor, publisher, agent, and blogger are shared. Including topics such as personal space versus public space, deadlines, and networking, the benefits of interacting with readers through new technologies is revealed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 329 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 27.94mm | 412g
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1892391902
  • 9781892391902
  • 263,782

Table of contents

Comfort; Safety; Trip Planning and Organisation; Building Mileage; Getting Competitive: Endurance Rallies; When the Pavement Ends; Index.
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Review quote

"I've long marveled at Jeff's mad alchemist-like techniques of creation, promotion, and artistic survival through his artful navigation of brambly networks of writers, artists, musicians, historians, hatmakers, bloggers, booksellers, reviewers, and fans. To steal a line from an Eddie Izzard stand-up act, 'No one can live at that speed.'"
--Leslie Ann Henkel, publicist, Berkley/New American Library "Jeff VanderMeer has written a fascinating book on managing a writing career.... Recommended for anyone who writes, wants to write, or has written and now wonders what to do next."
--Nancy Kress, author of the best-selling Write Great Fiction

"Absolutely invaluable...a guide to the 21st century for a writer more up to date and accurate than any other book I've seen on the market."

"If you're at all interested in writing, especially an eventual career in writing (which nowadays requires considerable skill in self-management and strategic use of promotional tools), Booklife should be on your bookshelf."
--Brad Moon, Wired

"Booklife is an ambitious and successful attempt at a comprehensive guide to maintaining your sanity while chasing your dreams."
--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Many books tell us how to write, but Jeff VanderMeer's Booklife tells us how to be an author....VanderMeer made me think, question my own path, and make plans for a more focused move forward."
--Mur Lafferty, host and creator of the podcast Geek Fu Action Grip

"Who better than VanderMeer, master of the blogosphere and online innovator, to guide us through the burgeoning, oft-breathtaking realm of new media...."
--Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer, Stargate SG-1

"VanderMeer has struck a new sort of balance with the Internet: charming his dedicated fan base on the Web, creating multimedia promotional tools for his books, and actively seeking out new readers like me in the digital crowds."
--The Publishing Spot

"Jeff VanderMeer has written a smart practical jungle-guidebook for the wilds of 21st-century publishing--its incredible pressures, joys, poisons, and, most importantly, the dangers of a false sense of control.... Floaty creative types--prepare to be taken to task."
--Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk

"Booklife serves as a much-needed corrective to the sad 'market your book like a carnival huckster' approach too often found in books of advice for writers these days."
--Michael A. Arnzen, Gorelets

"Booklife is to authors in today's publishing climate what Writer's Market was fifteen years ago: essential."
--Michelle Richmond, New York Times best-selling author of The Year of Fog

"Excellent advice on building a sustainable writing career."
--Sacramento Book Review
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About Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff VanderMeer is the best-selling author of "City of Saints and Madmen," the noir thriller "Finch," and the quintessential guide to writers, "Booklife." His award-winning novels have made the year's best lists at "Publishers Weekly," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and the Wall Street Journal. His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in Washington Post Book World," the "Huffington Post," and the" New York Times Book Review."
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