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Those who can, do...,
This review is from: The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile (Paperback)
There's that old expression: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."
Of course, that's an exaggeration, but one with a grain of truth which has a degree of relevance here? Has the author inadvertently hoisted himself upon his own petard?
Surely, to write a book concerning aspects of exemplary authorship and presentation, which will then glide effortlessly past the censorious eyes of a literary agent, is to announce that one has achieved a certain mastery of the subject oneself? So we might suppose. But personally I'm not altogether convinced that Mr 'BA-Hons' Lukeman quite earns that accolade with this work.
A book entitled 'The First Five Pages' would, we might imagine, have a truly impeccable 'first five pages' itself? But no, not to my mind anyway. I found some of the preliminary composition and syntax somewhat below the standard one might expect -- given the title!
That said, I still consider that the book does have some merit and useful insights - or reminders (if you're an old hand at the game), so yes, both fledgling writers as well as those more experienced could equally gain something from the reading of this tome. After all, we each suffer a certain degree of fallible mentation; that which is learnt one day, can easily be forgotten the next.
Although this book is primarily aimed at those who are seeking the (dubious!) holy grail of 'getting published by a proper publisher', I think those wishing to self publish could equally benefit from reading this book. In fact, anyone seeking to self-publish should -- perhaps more than any other author -- listen to 'the voice of the trade', and learn how not to make a pig's ear of their 'little gem'?
Working in isolation, in the hermetic bubble of their lonely craft, we often see aspiring, tyro authors getting swept up into an illusory world which is far too redolent of the fictions they are authoring. The steely cold hand of reality needs to enter in here!
If self publishing authors aren't able to successfully swap hats - from that of sanguine writer, to stern, unbiased editor -- they are probably on the road to bitter disappointment.
We need to 'get over ourselves' when self-reviewing, and knowing what to look for, in the way of erroneous inclusions or omissions, as well as all the other particulars of what goes into making a book a *good* book (and not just a 'collation of careless calamities') is important: we ignore them at our peril!
As someone else mentioned hereabouts, also worth a read is 'Self Editing for Fiction Writers' by Browne and King, but you will have to put up with appalling layout and those dreadful, wholly superfluous cartoons.
-- Ho hum!