In this book Chriss McCallum explains how to: assess your knowledge and experience; write ‘how-to’ articles; write for magazines; survive and succeed in today’s publishing world; break in with tips and fillers; approach your market; and, write a ‘how-to’ book.
This is an excellent book. Don’t be put off by the title. It isn’t a book aimed only at experts looking for ways to cash-in on their particular area of expertise. It’s for people who want to write about all sorts of things in all sorts of ways and make money doing it. It should be particularly useful for new writers hoping to make a start but also for established writers looking for a sideline they’d never considered before.
The author covers everything you could expect from such a book and does it in very readable and meticulous detail. What she doesn’t know about book and magazine publishing probably isn’t worth knowing. She takes us from generating ideas to using them effectively and approaching the right person in a professional way.
She obviously believes in giving value for money and proves it by giving advice on things we have no right to expect in such a modest book. Things like how to behave at a book signing, how to give talks to groups or how to get the most out of giving an interview. The book isn’t just practical, it’s inspirational. It deserves a place on every writer’s bookshelf. .
If you want to write books you should read this. Well worth the effort, super book from an author who does understand the business. I am hooked as a wannabe and will be buying her other book soon