Wannabe a Writer? (Secrets to Success) Paperback – 1 May 2007
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Excellent. A must-have book for every budding writer --New Writing Magazine
Practical and funny... packed with information and advice for new writers. --Woman's Weekly
I wish it had been on the shelves when I started out. --Katie Fforde - bestselling author
About the Author
Jane Wenham-Jones is the author of four novels and three non-fiction titles. Jane also writes a monthly column for several newspapers and magazines including Writing MagazineSee all Product Description
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Wannabe a Writer is packed with information - and unlike many books in this field it's honest and up-to-date rather than vague and waffley. From getting started to getting an agent, this book will be like having an experienced, funny, helpful friend at your side. Buy it!
Once you move into the middle part, the book seems to take on a whole new agenda. The author develops a penchant for RELENTLESSLY plugging her other books at every given opportunity. I guess this is fairly amusing for the first few instances, until it becomes apparent that she frequently makes reference to almost everything she's ever written, why you should read it, and where it is available to purchase etc.
You also get the impression that her relationship with the books external contributors (i.e. friends, fellow writers, agents, publishers, and general contacts) amounts to nothing more than a matey (I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine') love-in that becomes increasingly nauseating from the readers point of view. It's as if the author has agreed to advertise work of these contributors in exchange for their (often not so enlightening) tips and advice, whilst singing their praises from the rafters and telling the reader what great work he/she has accomplished (followed by the inevitable plugging of their books, magazine columns and websites etc).Read more ›
First of all I like it because Jane Wenham-Jones is obviously one of us. By 'one of us' I mean an unpretentious writer who knows that you have to work bloody hard and not be too snobby about putting your work around or where you send it. What's more she sounds as though she's a good night out! I laughed out loud more than once, yet still learned a lot.
Jane has a great witty style, but amongst the jokes is solid advice about how to become a writer, how to behave when you are one, and how to survive the trials and tribulations. She mixes her own, often hilarious, experiences with those of other writers, including how to get an agent (and how not to, though I fear people without Jane's natural charm and vivacity might now try her way), how to submit a manuscript and how to behave with editors and agents when they have your tome. There are also chapters on writers' bum, and the other stresses that go with writing. Yes, there are stresses. It isn't all just sitting in front of a computer and putting your dreams down. You have to be prepared for those dreams to be trampled on. Jane does not gild the lily and neither do the dozens of writers who have contributed to this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thought jane wynham jones wrote this - foreword by Katie Fforde I think. great book.Published 9 months ago by L. J. Donaldson
Not just useful but entertaining too.
Well done Jane. I'll be taking almost ALL your advice - and so should other writers starting out.
Very good advise told as if she was actually talking to you in a Workshop. The way it is written helps to retain the on formation so easily. Well worth the moneyPublished 21 months ago by E. Guyver
As a wannabe writer and having submitted several short stories without success I am currently only on page 54 of this book and can identify my mistakes already! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jane Denham-Jones has a fabulous way with words and a great sense of humour which flows in and out of the pages. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amanda
Good read, informative and inspiring. I entered a competition on the strength of this, and hopefully that's just the beginning.Published 23 months ago by anvenyn