If you like airport thrillers woven from conspiracy theories ... you will probably love this. Just don't get it confused with a reliable commentary onIf you like airport thrillers woven from conspiracy theories ... you will probably love this. Just don't get it confused with a reliable commentary on art history, religion, or anything in the real world. Have some fun chasing and being chased....more
The prose style and imagery of this novel seduced me. A crime thriller without mobiles or indeed any digital tools is always a pleasurable break fromThe prose style and imagery of this novel seduced me. A crime thriller without mobiles or indeed any digital tools is always a pleasurable break from the modern world but it is the shading given by our central character that gives this book vibrant life. I enjoyed this novel as a crime thriller but most of all for the turn of phrase and emotional integrity. A very enjoyable read and I will be looking for more from this author....more
I'm not convinced that this has a reliable narrator as Jordan Belfort and his ego tell their side of the story. The kind of tell-all that leaves me agI'm not convinced that this has a reliable narrator as Jordan Belfort and his ego tell their side of the story. The kind of tell-all that leaves me aghast and confused about the values and motivations of 'successful' people. Read it only if you have a stomach for casual brutality....more
This sharp and pacy book checks you out first to see if you're the right reader. I love that, I know if I am or not and then I either self-select outThis sharp and pacy book checks you out first to see if you're the right reader. I love that, I know if I am or not and then I either self-select out (no hard feelings) or go on to gobble up the goodies.
There is no secret to the subject of this book, it is about publishing books and how, what you might not expect is how truthful and outcome driven it is. There are hard truths to writing (especially for those of us with day jobs) and this is not a scammy work-around book dealing quick fixes. These guys expect you to create the wordcount. There are plenty of other great books out there on writing and style and punctuation and so on to help you with the content of your wordcount. This book is about what to do next inside a strategy aimed at sloughing off the day job eventually. If the readers think you're worth it.
Yes, I said 'wordcount' not writing or prose or storytelling. There's a pushy, brass-tacks tone to most of this book and no matter what you write you'll find helpful information in here. Actually, you'll find helpful info for each step of the strategy. I topped out on my first read at about Chapter 3 or 4. Once I catch up, I'll be taking notes again for the next stages. For me, my big 'ah-ha' out of this first read through was getting the very clear distinction that "Writing is an art. Publishing is a business." and that not only was it ok to treat them differently, I needed to. You might think that is obvious, but I've been tortured by it. Then there was heaps more great gear on fans, how to use the 80/20 rule to focus and prioritise, and some pretty blunt "pointers" on what to stop wasting my time on. Overall I found this book to be really helpful. Really, really helpful.
If you're squeamish about language or precious about writing, this book is not for you, but as I mentioned, they'll let you know that in the free sample. On the other hand, maybe just make the call to take it on the chin this time, After all, if you're a newbie to self publishing and you hope to make a living writing then you need to hear what they have to say....more