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.
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.