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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (24 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391902
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the most literary fantasy writers or fantastic literary writers we've got working these days, take your pick." --Ron Hogan, Mediabistro's GalleyCat

"A brilliant writer!" --Peter Straub, author, " Lost Boy Lost Girl"

"One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media. His online presence is considerable and includes a number of web sites, frequent blogging, a short film adaptation . . . his Alien Baby photo project and even a project involving animation via Sony Playstation." --Wired.com

"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer . . . passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying." --Tamar Yellin, author, "The Genizah at the House of Shepher"

"Well-organized masterclass in understanding how to fit both writing and a writing career into your life." --Cory Doctorow, Boingboing.net

"This guide will surely help writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product." --"Publishers Weekly"

"I've long marveled at Jeff's mad alchemist-like techniques of creation, promotion, and artistic survival through his artful navigation of brambly networks of writers, artists, musicians, historians, hatmakers, bloggers, booksellers, reviewers, and fans. To steal a line from an Eddie Izzard stand-up act, 'No one can live at that speed.'"
Leslie Ann Henkel, publicist, Berkley/New American Library
Jeff VanderMeer has written a fascinating book on managing a writing career.... Recommended for anyone who writes, wants to write, or has written and now wonders what to do next.
Nancy Kress, author of the best-selling "Write Great Fiction"
Absolutely invaluable...a guide to the 21st century for a writer more up to date and accurate than any other book I ve seen on the market.
If you re at all interested in writing, especially an eventual career in writing (which nowadays requires considerable skill in self-management and strategic use of promotional tools), "Booklife" should be on your bookshelf.
Brad Moon, "Wired"
"Booklife" is an ambitious and successful attempt at a comprehensive guide to maintaining your sanity while chasing your dreams.
Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing"
Many books tell us how to write, but Jeff VanderMeer s "Booklife" tells us how to be an author....VanderMeer made me think, question my own path, and make plans for a more focused move forward.
Mur Lafferty, host and creator of the podcast "Geek Fu Action Grip"
Who better than VanderMeer, master of the blogosphere and online innovator, to guide us through the burgeoning, oft-breathtaking realm of new media....
Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer, "Stargate SG-1"
VanderMeer has struck a new sort of balance with the Internet: charming his dedicated fan base on the Web, creating multimedia promotional tools for his books, and actively seeking out new readers like me in the digital crowds.
"The Publishing Spot"
Jeff VanderMeer has written a smart practical jungle-guidebook for the wilds of 21st-century publishingits incredible pressures, joys, poisons, and, most importantly, the dangers of a false sense of control.... Floaty creative typesprepare to be taken to task.
Julianna Baggott, author of "Girl Talk"
"Booklife" serves as a much-needed corrective to the sad market your book like a carnival huckster approach too often found in books of advice for writers these days.
Michael A. Arnzen, "Gorelets"
"Booklife" is to authors in today s publishing climate what "Writer s Market" was fifteen years ago: essential.
Michelle Richmond, New York Times best-selling author of "The Year of Fog"
Excellent advice on building a sustainable writing career.
"Sacramento Book Review""

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is the best-selling author of "City of Saints and Madmen," the noir thriller "Finch," and the quintessential guide to writers, "Booklife." His award-winning novels have made the year's best lists at "Publishers Weekly," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and the Wall Street Journal. His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in Washington Post Book World," the "Huffington Post," and the" New York Times Book Review."

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Having picked this up in the library and suffering from a lack of enthusiasm about my own writing career, I approached this book with some caution. Having now completed the book I can honestly say that I am a fan of Jeff Vandermeer. This book is based on blog entries and sometimes it shows with its non-linear style, but that in no way deters from what is a fantastically up to date and relevant book about authorship in the 21st Century. Mr Vandermeer discusses the relative pitfalls and bonuses of using platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot, Wordpress, Myspace to promote your writing career, likening the journey to that of the modern musician who has to use on-line platforms to promote their music. I found this book extremely informative, with some great advice, tips and andecdotes. The author allows us entry into his own writing journey, and in doing so it feels as if a metaphorical hand is guiding the reader through the sights of on-line promotion. Booklife is a lifeline for me at the moment and before the words offered by Mr Vandermeer I felt as if I was drowning in a cyberspace sea. Now I feel energised to continue my own writing journey and that is all down to Jeff Vandermeer and his important book.
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