News flash! My latest project, The New Writer’s Handbook, Vol. 2, is just hitting the streets.
(By “streets,” I mean the polished hardwood shelves of your favorite indie bookstore just around the corner . . . or the mocha-loving halls of big chain booksellers (Barnes & Noble or Borders, for instance) . . . or the ethereal Amazonian shelves of Internet bookstores.)
If you’re new to this blog, or didn’t grab the first volume released in Fall 2007, what is the Handbook?
It’s my vision of how we writers might share best advice (yes, through my selective lens) for our craft and career, in a concise, not overblown fashion (short pieces, with concentrated nuggets of useful thoughts), in a reasonably priced paperback ($16.95) and with lots of points of view (65 articles).
I’ve always seen it as an annual refresher, a professional-development seminar in a book. Much of the book might be most useful to early-stage, emerging writers, but a good number of pieces I think are useful and thought-provoking for experienced writers as well.
My goal: that any writer would find at least one piece here that would really make a difference in their writing career in the coming year . . . and a good number of other pieces that would help improve their results in many small ways.
(And many professional writers also need teachable ideas to share with students and apprentice writers . . . so this Handbook also serves as a pretty good teaching tool.)
But, as my motto goes: the proof is in the pudding. I believe books shouldn’t be over-hyped, that readers are the only judge of how useful a book is to them and their specific needs. As Mark Twain said,
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.
I’ll do a few posts in coming days with more glimpses of this year’s contents, to help you decide if this book is one that can help you.
In the end, I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy of this year’s New Writer’s Handbook and will use it to become a better writer.
And as always, let me know if there’s any other way I can help you in achieving your writing goals.