Tuesday, August 18, 2020

9 Things Career Authors Don't Do by J Thorn

This little book is for people who desire to make a living by writing. Even if you are a writing hobbyist or have writing a book on your bucket list, you can still benefit from reading this book.

There were a few surprises in it. One was Thorn's encouragement to self care. Sleep is important, for example, and should not be sacrificed to find time to write. And who thought accepting responsibility for actions was essential to being a successful career author? The true competition for an author is not at all what I thought.

Thorn gives practical ideas for building a system and a set of habits to keep an author writing. He has a strategy for getting motivated and staying there. He is realistic with good ideas when you face the reality that probably only one or two of every ten books you write will sell well.

One of Thorn's suggestions is that as a career writer, you should always be reading about your craft, improving your knowledge and skill set. This little book is a good one to get you going. I learned some important insights on the writing life from it and I think you will too.

Food for thought: “...career authors take control of their lives and their destiny.” (Loc 203/547)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. He has a BA in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA from Duquesne University. He is a full time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, DJ, musician, and certified Story Grid nerd. You can find out more at https://theauthorlife.com/

The Career Author, about 40 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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