I've been laughing out loud at the new book of cartoons by Tom Gauld, Baking with Kafka (Amazon affiliate link). Assuming you're a writer able to laugh at yourself, you'll enjoy many of these tongue-in-cheek comments on our craft.
I especially enjoyed a couple of cartoons on the subject of memoirs, not least because I am currently studying on a course about writing memoir.
There's a fine cartoon that takes a pop at all those books that provide step-by-step instructions on structing your novel.
I think the cartoon I liked the most was 'Keyboard shortcuts for novelists', which enable you press a few buttons to find and fill plot holes, insert a polt twist and so on. It reminded me of the writing machine I invented a couple of years ago, the portable version of which is shown below:
This is definitely a book to chortle over, and would make a nice present too.
A well-written and, frankly, frightening book about the benefits we get from sleep. frightening? Yes, because of the costs we pay when we skimp on (good quality) sleep.
When it comes to writing book reviews books, I've found that a one-size fits all approach not to be very useful. Here are the 5 types of review I write, ranging from the full length, everything but the kitchen sink version, to zero words except to say "This book exists"!
OK, so this is a review of a fiction book -- but I think we can learn a lot about great use of language, convincing research and pace from reading it.
How should you pitch a publisher with your book proposal? Or, to look at this another way, how should you not do so? This book answers that question.
My thoughts on this book for would-be published authors, having read around a third of it up till now. Executive summary: so far so good.
Writing full time is not likely to earn you a living. Best-selling author Joanna Penn shares her ideas and experience of using her writing to earn money in other ways.
How can a self-published author get noticed these days? Kristine Kathryn Rusch has some surprising answers.