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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful if yo uwrite in her genre, 12 July 2011
This review is from: Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of? (Secrets to Success) (Paperback)
Jane Wenham-Jones describes her own books as being about "shagging and drinking" and this book has some useful advice for anyone writing in a similar style. For those of us writing in other genres, there's less of value. For example, she states that glasses are best avoided in author photos as they "cause all sort of problems with reflection". Appropriate for her market, but not if you're releasing an academic work where glasses are almost part of the uniform. Despite occasional nods to male writers and those in other genres, it's clear where her experience lies.

Good writers will always show, rather than tell - so what does this book show us? That it's worth supplementing your own material with quotes from other writers. That a how-to book is a good place to promote your other books. That proof-reading isn't an important part of the publishing process.

Most writers are expert procrastinators, but I feel that advice on how to get Amazon to remove reviews you don't like is wasting time that would be better spent on writing or pursuing more positive avenues for publicity.

An entertaining, occasionally interesting but ultimately disappointing read for writers seeking to improve their public profile.
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