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You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coff... by John Scalzi
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If you are an aspiring writer, Scalzi tells it like it is and gives you a good feeling for what it might be like to be a modern writer. No writing tips here - that's for other types of books. This one is about being a writer and making a living.

If you're not aspiring writer (like me), but you like to nerd out on the industry, then you'll likely find it fun.

If you like Whatever, Scalzi's blog, these are simply entries from his blog that have had some editing to form into a cohesive book. I like his style, so I enjoyed the book. He seems to have a vocal group of haters, if you're in that group you'll probably hate this book.

Finally, this book contains entries that are >10 years old at this point - 2004-2006. So it's really funny being in the future and knowing about his current multi-million dollar contract with Tor books while reading entries in which he hopes he can sell more than just Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades.
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Reading Progress

July 18, 2017 – Shelved
July 18, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 9, 2018 – Started Reading
May 9, 2018 –
14.0% "Great info so far"
May 10, 2018 –
46.0% "Fun, especially knowing what happens after this book is published"
May 11, 2018 –
51.0% "Really enjoying chapter 2"
May 14, 2018 –
76.0% "Good conversations about other writers"
May 15, 2018 –
82.0% "More amusing anecdotes"
May 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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