The excerpt on Amazon was interesting, so I bought this book. I am sorry thatI did. I started to be worried when I read in the Introduction by Cameron that "Each one of my books is carefully aimed to reach a certain target and take a certain trajectory. Having said that, welcome to Supplies - which is a deadly serious, humorous book aimed squarely at those embattled, and nearly embittered, survivors of the creative trenches." The back cover states that the book "shows readers how to cope with the nitty-gritty of being a successful artist," but at the same time it states that "this book is a must-have for any aspiring or working artist." As an "aspiring" artist, I found very little in the book helpful. It is cleverly written, but the thinly-disguised bitterness and sarcasm Cameron expresses in her writing is not "humorous" as she self-describes the book in her Introduction - humor lacks the nastiness, venom, and negativity that clearly comes through. Her writing exercises might be helpful, but they are so in opposition to the rest of the book as to make me wonder if Cameron is bipolar. Very early on in the book, I wondered what the point of it was. So much of it seems "insider" stuff. Underneath it all, it seems to just be an excuse for Cameron to whine about her bad experiences in becoming rich and famous. This book is just too personal - I got the feelings that she would have loved to name names - and self-indulgent. I was really put off by her attitude. Okay, so it's a jungle out there - we all know that already. Cameron seems to act as if she's the only one who knows that. I don't think it was worth writing a book on. By the way, I can't figure out why this book is called Supplies, and I STILL don't know after having forced myself to finish it because I paid for it!