Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen

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There are hundreds of fantastic books about writing for hopeful authors to choose from, but most of them are boring, complicated, and bogged down by filler. This little book is brief, straight forward, and easy to understand. More
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About Jake Vander Ark

“What I really want to do is direct.”

Yeah, I was that kid.

I spent my high-school career as the ghost of the art room, passionately constructing a portfolio that would provide the first step toward a creative occupation. Luckily, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago didn’t consider GPA when selecting applicants, so I was immediately accepted into one of the most prestigious art programs in the country.

Unfortunately, the only thing I learned in art school was how much I hated art.

But I found myself! And that’s important, right?

I graduated with a BFA in 2006 and moved to Los Angeles to harness my dream of becoming the next Ingmar Bergman (thanks a lot, art school).

In LA, I began writing screenplays as a means to direct. I found a job reading screenplays for the same reason. I read a lot of crap. I wrote a lot of crap. But little did I know… I was learning.

In the three-year process of creating short films and pursuing funding for features, I learned that directing came naturally to me, but producing did not.

I wasn’t able to get a project off the ground. When my father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, I moved back to my hometown of Grand Haven, Michigan with nothing to show but three screenplays.

One day, while working as a stage manager for a national dance competition, I had an epiphany that only a repressed, depressed, living-with-his-parents artist could have: what if I wrote books? Unlike screenplays, a book is finished when it’s finished. When the final draft is complete, a book becomes a marketable product. If I work my butt off, maybe I could actually make money doing what I love!

I’m not a millionaire yet… but I did write four novels in three years and I’m proud of the accomplishment. Currently, I’m engaged to my soul-mate, self-publishing all four books, and developing a sequel to The Accidental Siren.

Dreams, here I come.

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Review by: C.M. Skiera on March 20, 2014 :
Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen
By Jake Vander Ark is a great little guide book. With 20 important and helpful tips that are clearly explained, this free book is a must have for any author, whether as a new learning tool or a refresher.
(review of free book)

Review by: Allison Perkins on Sep. 14, 2012 :
This book is SO incredibly helpful! It's simple, straightforward and easy to understand without talking down to you. I love that this practical, non-fiction book on writing is somehow also witty and hilarious. Vander Ark confronts common issues that people run into all the time when trying to write, and I've never read a writing book that explained things so well. This book is perfect for beginning writing all the way up to advanced. After reading this, I will buy every book Vander Ark ever writes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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