Early in the book Steve shares a fact that got my attention: The speaking vocabulary for an English-language high school graduate consists of about ten thousand words. The same person’s writing vocabulary is about forty thousand words. Her reading vocabulary is about fifty thousand words.
This pretty much blows a hole in the idea that you can simply dictate your book like some people claim you can do. That might help you outline it, but you or a ghost writer will need to invest the time to flesh it out.
Another statement that got my attention was that you should not talk about your writing (“Nothing kills a piece of writing faster than talking about it.”) I’ve read several books on writing, but Steve’s is the first that’s made such a compelling point about this.
What I liked about this book is that it was filled with practical, real-world experience and relevant anecdotes yet it was not repetitive nor boring to read. As another reviewer pointed out, it’s a fast read.
For example, there is the story of a convicted criminal that doesn’t write well but got published anyway. Steve reminds us, “Bruce Easley didn’t get published because of what he did for a living; he got published because of how he wrote about what he did for a living.”
The last thing to share is that his chapter on Seeking Commercial Publication lays out the best plan I’ve read about how to find and pitch an agent. The book is worth buying for this chapter alone.
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (14 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608686116
- ISBN-13: 978-1608686117
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
- Customer Reviews: 6 customer ratings