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E-Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins, author of “You Are A Writer”

Jeff Goins is a writer who believes in writers.  He believes in them so much that he has shared a great deal of his wisdom gained through experience in the writing field.  No one ever said writing was easy, but Jeff explains some of the important ins and outs, like platforms and brands and networking.

 Jeff is also going to present a 15-day workshop, starting tomorrow (June 5) that he says will improved your writing drastically.

Jeff Goins wrote:  All great things come with practice, and writing is no different. If you want to move from mediocrity to mastery, you’re going to need to do what the masters do. You’re going to have to form new habits.

So, he will work with us in practicing what the masters practice.  I signed up.  See at the bottom of this review how to get more info on this workshop and how to get Jeff’s e-book that I have reviewed below.  You will need the e-book for the workshop.

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E-Book Review:  YOU ARE A WRITER (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

by Sandra Bell Kirchman
Copyright © 2012 by Sandra Bell Kirchman

Recently I attended a webinar that covered, amongst other things, allowing yourself to dream your dream, believing in yourself, encouraging yourself to dream bigger, and putting yourself in your dream, i.e., choose yourself.

The next thing I knew, Jeff Goins, respected author of such writer-friendly titles as The Writer’s Manifesto and Building an Empire With Words (as co-author), offered me a chance to review his latest e-book, You Are A Writer.

Guess what You Are A Writer is about?  Yup, allowing yourself to dream, believing in yourself, encouraging yourself to dream bigger, putting yourself in your dream…from a writer’s perspective.  Well, you could’a knocked me over with an elf’s wink, it being such a timely piece for me to read.

“You Are A Writer” by Jeff Goins

But wait, there’s more!  (sorry, couldn’t resist that).  Seriously this e-book is full of answers and explanations of things that likely puzzle all starting writers.  I know they had me scratching my head.  It begins with the premise:  You are already a writer.  You just need to write.  And then it goes from there with advice, explanations, examples and step-by-step how-to’s of how to establish yourself as a successful writer.

Every wonder what the heck an author’s platform was?  Or an author’s brand?  How does one get published by publishers?  This book has all that and more.  Jeff’s style is to state the question or problem, give an answer and description of it, lay out a step-by-step guide of how to accomplish it.  He finishes it off with his own personal experience in the topic at hand.  By the time you’ve finished reading the book, you will feel solid with: 

  • knowing and building your own author’s platform
  • understanding what an author’s brand is and how to develop your own brand
  • networking, how to build a community, building social relationships, and the relative importance of social communication

Jeff cares enough about writers and writing to tell you the bare truth about the job:

  • It’s harder than you think.
  • It’s not enough to be good.  You have to be great.
  • Nobody cares about you.  People care about themselves.
  • It’s more about who you know than what you know.
  • You’d better love it.  (Otherwise, quit now.)

Jeff leads you from quivering beginning writer who has a hard time believing she is really a writer, through steps that will help you gain that confidence and belief.  He helps you understand thoroughly the above three points and how to implement them in your writing and your life.

He finished up with an excellent description and how-to section of how to get published, advocating to start small and build relationships until you have the experience and expertise to accomplish the last step: get your book published (if that is your dream).

 You Are A Writer is wrapped up in humor, caring, and nuts-and-bolts facts.  In my opinion, it is a treasure for any writer who has had questions on where they are now, where they are going, and how to get there.

If you are interested in Mastering the Habits of Great Masters, go here.  You need to sign your blog up on that page.  Remember, it starts tomorrow, so don’t miss it.

You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins has just been released and is available in Amazon’s Kindle Store for $2.99.  Good news is that you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle stories.  You can download free Kindle software onto your computer, which will handle your e-book reading.


Witchcanery…now LIVE on Kindle

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Cover via Amazon

Yup, it’s true.  My first novel, Witchcanery, is now available on Amazon’s Kindle as an e-book.  As I understand it, you need a Kindle reader (or similar device) in order to read it.  The good news is if you don’t have a Kindle reader you can download one from Amazon.com for free.  Or you can buy one that you can hold in your hand for a reasonable price (new from Amazon, around $130).

If you would like to have a look at the ad for e-book Witchcanery, you can go here.  That’s also where you can purchase it ($2.99).  If you have read Witchcanery before, it would be a great help if you would give your review of it at the Amazon link, same as above.  The more favorable reviews the book gets, the higher it goes on the Amazon listings.  Thank you in advance.

If you haven’t read it, I’ve been told by independent readers that you are in for a treat.

Witchcanery is a fantasy adventure about Shelley Kesinkowsky, a modern-day witch with a technological advantage that other witches in the past have not had…a computer…and the internet.  Much tidier than getting messages from ravens…and no droppings to clean up, although she has observed that you don’t usually have to reboot a raven.

She also has an unusual talent that even she doesn’t know how it works.  However, she is going to need that talent to help save the planet from utter destruction by Mother Earth’s bad-hair-day golems.  And she is also going to need help from her former enemy, High Wizard Jason Jeph, whose deadly incantation might just get them both killed.

In the course of this adventure, you get to meet memorable characters, such as Jason’s familiar, Byching, the brilliant blue hyacinthine macaw; Blue Eyes, the amazingly caring golem that Shelley creates for the adventure; Mother Earth, the lovely but fiery demi-goddess put in charge of the welfare of the planet by the Maker; and many others.

Containing a mixture of adventure, romance, humor, suspense, and, surprisingly, ecology and the preservation of planet Earth, this novel is something that some readers have said they couldn’t put down…even those who previously maintained they didn’t care for fantasy.