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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

by JEFF GOINS

SYNOPSIS

Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here’s what else you will learn:

-How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
-What “good” writing is (and isn’t)
-How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
-What it takes to build a platform
-Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
-Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
-Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
-The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It’s about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.

AND IT ALL BEGINS WITH YOU.

 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

After reading Jeff Goins’ The Art of Work, I had to give You Are a Writer a try. As of the time of this writing, the Amazon Kindle version is only $1 — and worth loads more than its price tag.

At just over 100 pages, Jeff has gone to great lengths to serve up a helpful primer/encouragement tool for budding writers in a package that’s quick and easy to digest.

The most helpful aspect of the book for me was its focus on building a platform, growing a readership, and building relationships with publishers, writers, and fans. Jeff offers a clear action plan that makes sense and has substance.

This book is perfect for anyone who desires to write for a living, as well a those who are trying to get back to writing or who have struggled to get noticed.