Posts Tagged ‘Writing’


Authorpreneur – “A writer’s must read”

April 22, 2014
Jack Lehman, book reviewer

Jack Lehman, book reviewer


by Geraldine Solon

Paperback: 82 pages

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

$11.23 on Amazon, Kindle is less, (Click: Authorpreneur in Pajamas: Building Your Author’s Platform Without Leaving Your Home)

This book is so now.  We all suffer, especially writers who tend to be anti-social, under the delusion “build it and they will come.” But as Geraldine Solon points out, we need to know the “who” and “what they will get” before we write it. And that, that is the hard work. Fortunately no one has the answers.

Fortunately because we have to find them for ourselves. And this book is just the encouragement we need to do that. With the demise of big publishers, agents, even bookstore chains—no one knows the answers. Except now it is an even playing field and with Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads etc. we have the means to market what we publish on demand or on Kindle. Read the rest of this entry ?


Hammett Unwritten – “Dreams Coming True”

January 6, 2014


Hammett Unwritten

by Gordon McAlpine

Seventh Street Books, $13.95

I remember coming out of a George Lucas movie once, I think it was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, thinking, a few men my age have attained enough money to make movies embodying their and my childhood fantasies. For the most part this is good (a benefit of living long enough) but in another way it takes the fantasy out of fantasy (despite movies special effects).

I thought of this as I read Hammett UnwrittenRead the rest of this entry ?


How I Became a Famous Novelist – “Read This Book”

November 29, 2013

How I Became a Famous Novelist

by Steve Hely

Steve Hely

Print Length: 333 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802170609

Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat; Original edition (June 25, 2009)

Sold by: Amazon, $8.80 Kindle, $11. 70 paperback

How many times have you read a book that has changed your life? This one is amusing, with a clever title, but much more important, it deals with a subject important to writers and important to those, like you, reading what they write.

What I don’t understand is Read the rest of this entry ?


Mystery Girl – “Awkwardly Weird L.A.”

October 7, 2013

Mystery Girl 

Mystery Girl

David Gordon, 2013, 320 pages

Thomas & Mercer, $15 hardback

This is a very smart, very stupid book. The discussion of literature and the movies is profound. The plot, twists and ending are stupid, stupid, stupid. It’s the kind of book you have to finish, though being tempted many times to throw it across the room. For one thing, it starts out with a kind of Mycroft Holmes who the narrator is going to do the legwork for, gets stuck in a quagmire Read the rest of this entry ?


WE WANTED TO BE WRITERS – “How Do You Spell That?”

September 18, 2011

We Wanted to be Writers—Iowa Writers’ Workshop by Eric Olsen and Glenn Schaeffer

Skyhorse Publishing, 2011

344 pages, $16.95

This is the kind of book I would notice in a bookstore (great title!), but not pick up to browse or buy. Big mistake! Just like most of us hate Harvard because we could never get in there, a fare share of wannabe writers, like me, have that kind of prejudice against the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. But the format here is so real when you read this book you feel, not like an outsider, but a participant in a discussion about the things you love, the challenges you face. And for writers, who are a solitary bunch, that is a welcome treat. You join a creative community that leaves you to do your own work in what Eudora Welty called an absolute state of Do Not Disturb. Read the rest of this entry ?


RIDING THE ALLIGATOR — “after while crocodile”

December 12, 2010

Riding the Alligator, Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing

by Pen Densham

Michael Wiese Productions

$24.95, 250 pages

Despite its intriguing title, I felt fine skimming over the first hundred or so pages. Not much new about writing or publicizing yourself into success. The author made a brief film with Marshall McLuhan in the Seventies and the bit Read the rest of this entry ?


THE WRITING WARRIOR – “Not like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich”

August 16, 2010

The Writing Warrior, 208 pages

by Laraine Herring, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2

Shambhala Books, July, 2010 

This book frees would-be (and experienced) writers from their biggest obstacle — themselves. Some of Herring’s concepts are both literary and profound. If the elements involved are: the writer, the words he or she writes and the reader—her focus is on the first two. She faces off against the writer’s mythical hamster wheel of suffering with its spokes of “the illusion of time,” “ the illusion of control,” Read the rest of this entry ?