Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife is an unusual writing book. It isn’t about the skills and techniques of writing or story. It’s about the lifestyle that comes with it. As the cover says, this is “strategies and survival tips for the 21st-century writer”.
The world of writing is changing and Jeff VanderMeer understands that. A professional writer and editor with decades of experience, he brings his knowledge of the writing life together in this useful book. He talks about the lifestyle of the writer, including balancing work and life, the personal and the public. He talks about planning your projects and your career, building up your status and achievements as a writer to create an audience and a career. There’s advice on dealing with publishers, audiences, social media, and yourself.
The book includes an extensive section on how to publicise your book, and even a marketing plan from one of VanderMeer’s own works. It’s a useful insight, as even traditionally published authors play an important part in their own marketing machines, and VanderMeer has seen how this works from the inside. He knows how best to deal with publicists, editors, and other professionals in the industry, and provides tips on building good working relationships.
Should You Buy?
This isn’t a book for beginning writers or those dabbling in the field. It’s one to pick up once you’ve committed to spending a substantial part of your life writing, possibly to making it your entire career. Whether you’re reaching that point or planning for it, this book can be a huge help in planning and managing your life as a writer.