June 6, 2012
Review of “So, You Want to Write a Book”
So, You Want to Write a Book by Othniel Seiden is a refreshing read with a positive outlook on writing and publishing a book.
The book starts with a few chapters about how and why it’s not that difficult to traditionally publish, the author’s qualifications, and “who should read this book.” There are a few chapters on book ideas, which tell the reader how to come up with a book idea and how to determine if it’s marketable. The author goes over querying, speaking with editors, and press releases. He also discusses time management, writer’s block, and the writing process – from 1st draft to publication.
Next, Seiden reviews the different methods of publishing. He personally prefers traditional publishing and what he calls “partner publishing,” which is what ebook and print-on-demand publishing is like today. He also goes over vanity publishing and self-publishing from the stance of using a printing press. He also discusses agents, contracts, marketing, promotion, and the media.
So, You Want to Write a Book is a fun, quick read. The author has a unique perspective on writing and publishing – some insightful ideas I hadn’t considered. The text is broken up with quotes, references, and bold subtitles, and the chapters are refreshingly short. There is a lot of helpful information in this book.
I recommend So, You Want to Write a Book to all writers who are nervous to begin writing their first book because they don’t know what to expect. This book will ease their fears and give them helpful advice and ideas. It’s also a book for writers at any stage, like myself, who has self-published three books but still found the book enlightening and informational.
So go grab your copy. It’s available in Kindle edition and paperback. This is the link.