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Lara Zielin is the author of the young-adult novels DONUT DAYS and THE IMPLOSION OF AGGIE WINCHESTER. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she eats cheese entirely too often and bedazzles stuff she probably shouldn't.
on Feb. 16, 2012 :
I'll preface this by saying that I am not really a writer. That is, I blog, and that can't possibly be considered true writing! However, I was very intrigued by this quick read about potential problems that writers can run into as they are writing and hoping to be published. Written by writers themselves!
The style of the book is refreshing in its lack of pretention. Almost every short little essay is told from the writer's heart, and is designed to help alleviate the basic fears, motivational concerns, and publishing wormholes that some writers can fall prey to.
Each essay discusses a different aspect of the writing world. At least one essay was a little scary in its discussion of how to organize a book (making it sound like there was zero room for creativity and that everything should be cookie cutter; yuck!), but by far, the focus of each writer's tale is encouragement. Every new writer should run out and buy this for that alone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 29, 2011 :
There are a lot of books for writers out there. Some of them are about craft. Some tell you how to seek publication. Some are about living a writer’s life. This book is different. It doesn’t tell you how to be an author. This book assumes you already know that. The essays by nine (mostly YA) authors discuss forks and bumps in the road, and what the author did to solve that problem. Editor Lara Zielin has assembled a broad range of essays. The writers talk about everything from measuring success to writing a second novel to self publishing without ever talking down to the beginning writer. You get the feeling that this is what writers REALLY talk about when they talk to other writers. I’m glad that Ms. Zielin let us listen in on the conversation.
(reviewed the day of purchase)