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By Mindy Phillips Lawrence
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Some Writers Deserve to Starve Elaura Niles Writers Digest Books, 2005 ISBN: 1582973547 $14.95
The title sounds cruel. Maybe we deserve to fail? Maybe the muse never stops at our door? In Some Writers Deserve to Starve: 31 Brutal Truths about the Publishing Industry, Elauna Niles delivers a dose of honesty about the world of writing instead of more hype about how to become the next Amy Tan.
Niles clearly says that her book is not about how to write, why to write or what to write. She says, "This is a book that will teach you how to gain acceptance as a professional writer." That's the outcome all writers want to achieve, isn't it?
In Truth #1 - Some Starving Artists Deserve to Starve - we are given the first rule for success or failure. To get a reading, a writer must present a professional masterpiece. Second rate will not do. Questionable grammar, formatting and content are not going to find an audience. It is from this spot that a writer chooses to fight for success or turn off the computer.
Throughout the book, Niles lists more and more jewels, ending with a section on Web Sites and Resources on the nuts and bolts of keeping track of the industry. There are sections on Must-Visit Web Sites, Informational Resources, Blogs and General Literary/Media News. She also includes an index.
This book offers a great deal of information on how to switch from the dreams of being an author to the realities of professional writing. With Elauna Niles help, maybe that muse will come knocking anyway. Buy This Book From Amazon!
Mindy Phillips Lawrence, assistant editor of Scribe and Quill ezine, is the author of One Blue Star: Poems About The Military, Families, War And Peace published by Red Engine Press. She has had articles published in several magazines, including Writer's Digest. Her poetry has been published bywww.onethousandwhispers.com, www.goodgoshalmighty.comand www.poetsagainstthewar.org. She is now working on two books for Red Engine Press, about her accomplishments since turning 50, and a series on firefighters. She lives near St. Louis.