#booksforwriters May 2017

As writers, it’s important we stay up-to-date with the craft.


Many of us have gotten on the blogging bandwagon–it’s a way for us to establish our platform as writers and, for some of us, earn a passive income.

Market is another concern since it is always evolving. This month, my writer’s craft book reviews concern both blogging and finding a market for your writing–or is it writing for a found market? Read on to find out:

You Started Your Blog – Now What…? (A SassyZenGirl Guide) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 7, 2017. 94 pages.

This book didn’t give me the level of information I had hoped for. Yes, I already started my blog as the title implies. I was hoping for more information on developing a wider readership.

The first three chapters were: Finding a Blog Topic that People Actually Want to Read; How to Find Viral Post Ideas, and; The Writing Style of Blogging. Much of what was covered here is nothing new for this reader. I already know how to write. I am a writer.41oejcKkDeL._SS300_

One of the most important things Gabrielle had to say was glossed over in a sentence and no elaboration was made–it was also introduced in the book’s brief conclusion–no new information should be introduced in a conclusion.

She said that people who are serious about blogging (and making money at doing it) don’t use WordPress.com, they use WordPress.org. That’s a pretty important detail…I would love to know more about it.

The author does provide some valuable links for acquiring more information. And I’m inspired to know there are people out there making six-figure incomes from blogging–also inspired that she travels the world as a blogger and that is her day job.

While this book is worth checking out, I think it’s a bit pricey at $10.99 for less than 100 pages–each with plenty of loose text and wide margins.

Also, Gabrielle wrote about not being a writer when she first started out. She had to learn to write in order to be a travel blogger. I would like to suggest that the author look up the difference between loose and lose AND check out what Stephen King has to say about the overuse of exclamation marks. Both issues detracted from her writing–and were pervasive throughout the text.

Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells (Write Faster, Write Smarter) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 5, 2016. 100 pages.

I found Chris Fox’s books through that frequent Amazon email that arrives in my inbox, tempting me to buy more books. It always looks the same.

Here are some books we think you’ll like. Can we tempt you to part with your money? …no, no, don’t go…check these out…click here… and as usual, Amazon is spot-on.

Fox is an indie-published writer who specializes in sci-fi, but he has also written a series of books on writing, distilling his hard-learned lessons into palatable little guides meant to save the rest of us some of the headaches and missteps he (and others) made.51CHvPHRbCL._SS300_

While many of Fox’s writing titles appealed to me, I decided to start with this one before breaking the bank on buying every last one of them.

I have to say, it was well worth the $7.99 price point. I read this book over a solo lunch at Panera Bread–and yes, I lingered over coffee in order to finish it, so it is a quick read–but don’t let that fool you.

There’s plenty of gold to mine here. I am not a sci-fi writer–have no interest in it whatsoever, but Fox’s firsthand examples were not off-putting. What he had to say could translate to any genre–or even upmarket fiction.

For some reason, according to Fox, some people look down on writers who study the market before deciding what to write. As someone who has a number of finished manuscripts in my drawer, I’m starting to think studying the market place is a smart thing to do–who wants to spend six months to a year writing a novel only to have it sink faster than my ass in a chair at the end of the day?

Most helpful, Fox includes ten extremely practical exercises to help the writer determine what he or she should write next. I’m definitely planning on completing those exercises within the next week.

My next novel idea is out there, just waiting for me to find it.foxy..with Chris Fox’s help, there will be a wide open market for it.

That’s a Wrap,

S.J. Anderson, Foxy Writer Chick


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