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As an introvert and a writer, you feel stretched to choose between the lesser of two evils - marketing to people who'll most likely criticize you, or putting your writing on the back burner. Introverts have strengths that make them marketable, creative, and successful. Forget those people who tell you to change, to put on a different personality, to dance like a monkey bef ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 17th 2013 by Fundsforwriters (first published March 14th 2013)
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Carol March
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a short story writer and novelist, I’ve been struggling with how to deal with the demands of developing a platform, while still having time to read, write, research, teach, work with clients, and also, live my life.

Hope Clark’s book, The Shy Writer Reborn is full of optimistic, friendly, and eminently practical advice on how to balance the introvert’s need for seclusion with the need to market and promote oneself and one’s work.

I often teach about how to overcome the beliefs that hold peopl
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Carolyn McBride
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I bought this book as an e-book through Kobo. I am so very, very glad I did. I am not yet finished the book, but having just finished the chapter on social media, I want to tell you, that this book is worth every cent. I love writing, but if I could figure out a way to never leave home and still promote...which is what the chapter on social media does. Experts tell us to get familiar with social media, but most of them don't bother to tell us HOW.
Hope does. She even discusses how to use differen
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Barbara
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are so many wonderful pieces of advice in The Shy Writer Reborn! One of my favorite that Hope shares is that we don't have to change--that being genuine and authentic is the way to go. While this has been the route I've chosen as a writer and author, it still felt vulnerable sharing my work and can still feel that way. But Hope's thoughts on this come as such a relief--that being ourselves is truly the right thing to do.

I enjoyed hearing Hope's advice of taking advantage of social media, a
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Marci Martin
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shy Writers unite! Beginning with defining the characteristics of introverts and extroverts, C. Hope Clark walks the reader through additionally identifying traits of Doers and Shakers and lays a roadmap to success. It is not about overcoming being an introvert, but instead using the natural strengths of your personality and tendencies to determine how to build a platform, write passionately for an audience, and navigate the branding and promotion waters. And here is the best part – I’ve figured ...more
Linda Quinn
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Shy Writer Reborn is just what I needed. It scares me silly to have to do a presentation, a book signing, or anything involving people, and this author gives thoughtful advice and specifics on what to do to chase away those fears.
Several times in the book I remember thinking, “I’m not alone.” The worth of that to us solitary authors is immeasurable. Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t just commiserate with us and leave us there. She tells us our typical excuses for not fulfilling our full potent
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Shirley
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of excellent tips about how a shy writer can learn to promote. She gives specific suggestions on how to pull your readers in on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. There's an entire chapter devoted to blogging. I especially enjoyed Hope's stories from her own writing career. This is a book that I'll be returning to again and again.
Thank you C. Hope Clark! Now, I'm off to read the first of your mysteries!
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pianogal
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is such an improvement over the first Shy Writer. I almost didn't read this one b/c I thought it was just a rehash of the older one, but I'm happy to report it isn't. I think that's a testimony to Hope's experience over the years as a speaker and freelancer. I liked this one so much, I'm going to check out her mystery series. Thanks Hope. ...more
David Surrett
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking over the years, but still prefer the keyboard to the microphone. That’s just the way I’m hard-wired, to use a computer metaphor. The Shy Writer Reborn shows that many writers have that same feeling, and further shows it’s not the death nail for a fledgling (or veteran) writer, and it’s not wrong. One of the early statements in the book – “We prefer ideas to face-to-face exchange” – fits me to a tee.
Hope shows us that ‘introvert’ is a personality type,
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Anita Rodgers
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wrting-craft
Hope Clark’s The Shy Writer Reborn is funny, charming and real. As writers, we read an awful lot of books on what we should do, how we should approach our careers, and the best way to promote our businesses and books. However, I’ve personally found many of these books to be a disappointment – lacking in real, practical information that can be used to achieve my writing goals.

Clark’s book is jam-packed with useful, practical tips and exercises that any writer could use to further their career. T
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Colleen Story
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you’re an introvert and feeling the pressure to market your books, create a writer platform, and take up public speaking—and the idea of all these things leaves you shaking in your boots—this book is for you.

C. Hope Clark’s writing makes you feel like you are sitting across the table having a comfortable conversation (in a quiet setting that would suit an introvert’s sensitivities, of course). Rather than adding to your stress levels by telling you to get out there and act more extroverted,
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Mary Hosmar
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

The title caught my eye. Introvert – that’s what I am. This book is for me.
C. Hope Clark begins this helpful manual, for that’s what it is, by explaining that introvert and failure are not synonymous. An introvert can be extremely successful. The trick is to learn how to cope at your comfort level. And this book helps you find out.
Clark’s book is full of helpful hints as to how one can promote oneself with the least amount of personal contact. She has tips on how to overcome shyness and reluctan
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Carol
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have always hugged the wall at social gatherings and get very little out of the networking time at writers conferences due to my inability to initiate conversations. So, when Hope Clark asked for reviewers for her book, I jumped at the chance. Fortunately, it arrived just in time for me to read before attending another conference.

The Shy Writer Reborn is more than how to overcome shyness. Hope discusses how our shyness affects every aspect of our writing life. More than that, she gives us the
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Sue
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a new version of a nine-year-old book designed to help introverted writers deal with the need to come out of the safe secluded place where they write and face the reading, publishing world. Many of us are uncomfortable networking, giving talks, pitching, selling, and all that stuff, but if we want to succeed as writers, we have to do it, just as Clark, founder of Funds for Writers, has done. Since the original book, social networking, e-books and self-publishing have gone viral. So much ...more
Roxanne Rhoads
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for writers who are shy and for those wishing to understand the shy writer.

I am an introvert. Creating publicity for myself and my books is something that makes me cringe. I hate being in the spotlight. I shy away from events and conventions all the time even though I know I need to get out there for my books and my business.

But this book helps me tackle my issues one by one and gives advice and even exercises that help the shy writer break out and be able to be in the spot
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Sharon Russell
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started following C. Hope Clark a few years back through her newsletter, Funds for Writers, and find the advice she shares invaluable. The Shy Writer Reborn, expands on that, and while it is aimed at introverts, this book is for anyone who wants to pursue writing as a career. She covers the practice and business of being a writer, in a style that feels more like a personal conversation with a best friend. In fact, the advise can and should be applied to any business undertaking, as it's spot o ...more
Fiona Young-Brown
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As writers, we are all bound to a certain extent by shyness. Writing is a solitary profession that attracts solitary types. And while this may work for our writing practice, it means we often fall short when it comes to marketing. Our shyness takes different forms. While I have learned to be completely comfortable talking off the cuff to a room of several hundred people, the thought of picking up a phone to call someone is often terrifying. Meanwhile, another writer can happily cold call but fre ...more
Melissa Folini
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book came as in gift in many senses of the word. I was reading it as it seemed an interesting topic and learned more about myself by the time I finished the book than I had anticipated. I didn't read this because I was a "shy writer" and it turns out that's EXACTLY what I am. I always preferred email to phone calls, texts to in person conversations. I thought I had a self-esteem issue yet I could get up in front of people and speak or lead a Zumba class - however, there was the terror that ...more
Nancy H Vest
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Shy Writer Reborn applies to every writer, not just the introverted ones. It is packed with the basics, plus details on some topics, too. The author talks the reader through setting up a writing plan (chapter 15) and reminds, too, about priorities and preparation (chapter 8). I especially liked the section on marketing yourself and the chapters on blogging (chapter 9) and writing bios, pitches and queries (chapter 12).

Novice writers will probably find more 'new' information than an experien
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Jaden Terrell
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-resource
When I learned that C. Hope Clark was updating The Shy Writer, I was a little skeptical. Having read the original version, I was hard-pressed to think of anything that could be done to improve it. I was pleasantly surprised, though. The Shy Writer Reborn is broader, deeper, and richer. The detailed information on creating an effective blog was worth the cost of the book, and the three tricks for getting through public appearances were invaluable. Once again, Clark has written a book that will no ...more
Linda
Dec 31, 2013 is currently reading it
The Shy Writer Reborn speaks to the heart and soul of every writer. It serves as a manual for all introverted writers for inspiration and encouragement. C. Hope Clark covers all aspects of the writing field from putting yourself out there to the nitty gritty of the business side. Whether you are just starting your writing career or need a boost to the next level in your career, The Shy Writer Reborn is a must read.
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Kristine
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you don't like big groups, and public speaking isn't for you, and you'd prefer email to phone calls? You might just be an introverted writer. Gleened some great tips from this book, and more importantly, it gives you permission to be yourself. This book doesn't berate you into suddenly becoming a bubbly talkative version of yourself--it's all about working within your own framework. Did an interview with the author on my blog after reading this. ...more
Sam Edge
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love to write but I am not much of a people person. This can present a huge barrier to an indie author such as myself. FIrst of al HOpe tell us this is okay and second she give some great advice for the artistic introverts like me. Hope has been a great inspiration to me as I struggle to reinvent myself asa n author in mid life.
Jenn Greenleaf
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book arrived in my life exactly when I needed it most. I've marked up the pages, highlighted passages and did my homework. I love the personal stories throughout, as well as the informative tips. I've been a professional freelance writer since 1999, and Hope touched on so many of the issues I've struggled with for so long. I'll be posting a longer, more formal review on my blog. ...more
Jody Hanks
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great reference and motivator for the reluctant writer that would like to become more. Clark's easy writing style made for a comfortable read, and her anecdotes were interesting, entertaining, and relevent. The lessons in this book could also be applied to professions other than writing, and I found myself jotting down notes to incorporate into my current professional routine. ...more
Jill
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Shy Writer Reborn is a thorough guide for introverts seeking the writing life. I'd recommend it primarily for shy writers who are just starting their research on self-publishing or book marketing -- it may be a little too familiar for more advanced marketers. ...more
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C. Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina ...more

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