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Booklife - Digital Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer

Booklife - Digital Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer [Kindle Edition]

Jeff VanderMeer

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"This guide will surely help writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product."  —Publishers Weekly

"Well-organized masterclass in understanding how to fit both writing and a writing career into your life."  —Cory Doctorow,

"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer . . . passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying."  —Tamar Yellin, author, The Genizah at the House of Shepher

"One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media. His online presence is considerable and includes a number of web sites, frequent blogging, a short film adaptation . . . his Alien Baby photo project and even a project involving animation via Sony Playstation."  —

"A brilliant writer!"  —Peter Straub, author, Lost Boy Lost Girl

"I've long marveled at Jeff's mad alchemist-like techniques of creation, promotion, and artistic survival through his artful navigation of brambly networks of writers, artists, musicians, historians, hatmakers, bloggers, booksellers, reviewers, and fans. To steal a line from an Eddie Izzard stand-up act, 'No one can live at that speed.'" —Leslie Ann Henkel, publicist, Berkley/New American Library

"One of the most literary fantasy writers or fantastic literary writers we've got working these days, take your pick."  —Ron Hogan, Mediabistro's GalleyCat

"The thing about life is that it's bittersweet. It is both funny and dreadful and horrific and beautiful and everything else. And so to capture that . . . I turn to fantasy for that reason."  —NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday


"Helps writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product." Publishers Weekly

"One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media"

The world has changed, and with it the writing life. Inaddition to crafting a novel or non-fiction work, writers must nowconsider a slew of "new media" promotion opportunities: blogs, socialnetworks, mini-feeds, and podcasts, to name just a few. Booklifewill provide you with the strategic and tactical intel to develop yourwriting career and thrive in this new environment. It exploresquestions such as How can authors use social media and theinternet? How does the new online paradigm affect authors, readers, andthe book industry? Tips of the trade culled from 25 years of experience as a writer, reviewer, editor, publisher, agent, and blogger are shared. Booklife also includes the feature How to Write a Novel in Two Months’.

Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer,self-published, published in the independent press, or by largecommercial conglomerates, this book will be of value to you and helpyou achieve your writing goals.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 605 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Methuen Drama (29. Juli 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004L9MFA4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a comprehensive book for the modern writer - it's about time 22. Oktober 2009
Von tangerine - Veröffentlicht auf
Booklife is really the first book that addresses the two main challenges facing modern writers: balancing self promotion and the craft of writing.

The first half of the book - Public Booklife - covers online forums like blogging, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and how publishing actually works, all of the practical aspects of writing as a career. The second half - Private Booklife - is about how to become a better and more satisfied writer, with the benefit of the author's own (fascinating!) creative methods as well as insightful essays from other authors.

"Web-entrepreneur" Jeff VanderMeer has *25* years of experience (whoa) in publishing as a writer, editor, reviewer, high-profile blogger ([...]), and a whole lot more. He's absolutely the right guy to help writers understand how to become more successful while maintaining integrity and vision. He covers the best ways to use the Internet to increase your profile, the mysteries of the publishing cycle, how to work with publicists effectively, how to create an identity that is in sync with the quality and character of your writing, the process of establishing long-term writing goals, and how to maintain enough personal space to nurture your creativity, and much more. Plus VanderMeer's writing style is enjoyably infused with his humor and genuineness.

This book is an absolute must for any writer hacking their way through the jungle of modern publishing. Check it out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You need this book 15. Oktober 2009
Von James Patrick Kelly - Veröffentlicht auf
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a book on Amazon. I have been teaching writing for almost twenty years and have been collecting books about writing for much, much longer. Booklife has easily leapt into my top five and is probably one of my top two recommendations for writing books. Some of what you will read here is advice I myself have given in the past, the rest is stuff I wish I'd had the perspicacity to say. But I don't need to now. I'll just tell people to buy Jeff VanderMeer's new book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Guide For Creating a Successful and Balanced Writing Life 8. Januar 2010
Von Laura Cross - Veröffentlicht auf
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Booklife is an informative guide for creating a successful and balanced writing life. VanderMeer breaks the book into two sections: Public Booklife, covering marketing elements, and the Private Booklife, focusing on the writing process - while emphasizing the importance of creating an authentic balance between the two.

The first section delves into online platforms and media opportunities including blogs, social networking (Twitter, FaceBook), book trailers, reviews, podcasts, and dedicated book / author websites, and provides insights to select the most effective and honest strategy. VanderMeer recommends setting goals and outlines how to create detailed plans. In part two, he discusses writing and revision, how to deal with rejections, and setting work schedules. This well-organized, thoughtful book concludes with more than 100 pages of appendices filled with information from and about agents, booksellers, editors, publicists, and published writers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "Booklife" 1. November 2010
Von Alex C. Telander - Veröffentlicht auf
Jeff VanderMeer is a writer who's done a little bit of everything, whether it's publishing compelling fiction, editing his own anthologies (as well as co-editing with his wife, Anne), going on book tours for author appearances, or presenting writer workshops around the country. He's the sort of guy who has a lot of say about writing and publishing and advice he can offer just about any level of writer. Fortunately, he's done just that in his new book, Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer.

Booklife is a book for any kind of writer whether he's someone who's never published anything and is looking to make it in the business, or whether she has a few books under her belt and is looking to make it really big. Booklife has a little something for every type of writer. The book is divided into two parts: Public Booklife, which covers how to present both yourself and your work as a writer, how best to organize and carry out successful signings and book tours, and - most importantly - creating and managing your goals so you can really make it as a writer. The second part, Private Booklife, covers some of the mechanics of writing, how important feedback is - and not just from friends and family, and using some of the lessons from the first part of the book in different and constructive ways to make your writing the best it can be.

And it doesn't all end when you reach the last page of Booklife, there is the website, filled with helpful articles, tips and strategies, updated three times a week, and affiliated with Publisher's Weekly Booklife portal. Booklife is not just a book, but a whole package experience that gives you ideas and suggestions to help you achieve your goals; it's not necessary to do every thing this book tells you; it's up to get what you want out of it, which depends on how much work you put into it. But Booklife will certainly help you along the way to becoming that bestselling writer you've always dreamed of.

Originally written on December 11th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fantastic Resource for Writers Today 24. April 2014
Von Eric J. Juneau - Veröffentlicht auf
This was a fantastic resource for someone like me whose almost in the game but not quite. It's one of the only books I've read that has more to do with the promotion/publishing game than what adverbs to choose. It provides much needed guidance on how to promote, how to plan for your future, how to have an effective public marketing appearance. This book tells you how to do that.

The second half talks about how best to set up habits, mental health, and so on. But not so much about the nitty-gritty writing advice, which was just fine by me.

The problem is that, even now, it's a teensy bit dated. It still mentions MySpace as a valid source of social networking, and bypasses Twitter. Also, the material tends to be really dry. It feels like reading a text book at times. It's thick enough to be one. I wish the text was broken up into some diagrams or lists for easy access.

But I feel this book was a necessary read. Definitely if you're a first time writer. It provides a jumping off point for creating a marketing plan and the do's and don'ts of the public persona.
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