This is a very informative and easy read. Very conversational. Johnny has a great voice. The advise throughout is solid and credible because of the suThis is a very informative and easy read. Very conversational. Johnny has a great voice. The advise throughout is solid and credible because of the successes of Platt, Truant, and Wright. In the e-book age, its pretty easy to stumble upon any old book on writing or self-publishing or what have you and have no idea what you're getting into, usually because the author is unproven or unheard of. There's nothing more frustrating than reading something written by someone who has no clue what they're talking about.
This book is the complete opposite of that.
My favorite part of the book was the chapter that looked at what traditional publishing gets RIGHT and how to implement and learn from it. As an author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur (who still has a wicked time spelling that word...) I'm very interested in indie publishing, but I'm getting tired of the rhetoric from other indie purveyors (I won't name names) and their legions/lackeys. There's a deepening us vs. them divide in publishing, but I prefer to take the tone of this book: if you want to be a professional, outright ignore the legacy professionals at your own peril. It's asinine to think that in just a handful of years self-publishing in its current form has not only obliterate an industry that's been around as long as publishing has, but that there's also nothing left to learn from the "wreckage". We still study dinosaur bones, right? Indie publishing is a great option, one I fully plan on exploring. But to demonize traditional publishing in an attempt to make your indie foundation more durable/credible/trendy is just annoying. I'm really glad Truant and Co. had the wisdom not to dive into such frivolities.
All in all, a great and topical book that I will return to again and again....more
What I found in the pages of Nathan Bransford's How to Write a Novel is nothing new for someone in my shoes. But this is not a criticism of the work - its actually one of its strengths. What Bransford touches on throughout are time-honored traditions that will feel familiar, but they're presented in his easy-to-digest, subtly brilliant sort of way. His work as a long-time blogger gives his writing that personal touch, as if you're sitting across from him chatting about writing rather than reading a book about it, and his years as a literary agent and industry commentator give weight to his insights.
This is a solid little book that I'll keep readily at hand, because its a quick-reference dream. Broken down into the "47 Rules", its very easy to navigate and revisit. Its the perfect little compendium to the books I've mentioned above, and I recommend it especially to those who may not have read a lot of "how to write" books. Its an accessible entry into the craft of the craft....more
There were A LOT of grammatical and punctuation errors throughout, so that was a bummer. But the characters are strong and the setting very cool, so iThere were A LOT of grammatical and punctuation errors throughout, so that was a bummer. But the characters are strong and the setting very cool, so it kept me going. Really liked the story....more