I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer. And not just of a blog. In the last few years I have gotten a little more serious about putting ideas onto paper. I have a Google Documents Drive folder full of undeveloped ideas and partial chapters. One of my "action steps" into actually completing a project is to improve my writing (and grammar) by reading books about writing novels. And that includes How I Write by one of the most famous novelists of all times.
Is now the time when I should say that I have never actually read a book by Janet Evanovich? (true fact) I don't have to have read her books to know that they are bestsellers. I worked in a bookstore for nearly five years. I KNOW she has legions of devoted fans who will stand at the door waiting for bookstores to open on Evanovich Pub days.
I ended up listening to this book through Overdrive and I want to say that it was really quite enjoyable. Janet, Ina, and Janet's daughter Alex, wrote the book in a Q&A style. So to listening to Janet's thick Jersey accent as she talks about the details of being a novelist really gave it a personal feel. I felt as if she were talking directly to me. She gives a lot of great advice, the most important being, (paraphrasing) JUST WRITE IT! Getting caught up in the need for a perfect book while writing the first draft will likely ensure you never finish the first draft. (*gulp*) But the fact that hit me like a ton of bricks is this, Janet Evanovich was FORTY-THREE when she published her first book. -- Sidenote: Doesn't she look GREAT for her age?? Forty-three is not old by anyone's standards, but it is a little late to launch a new career. So to hear that your dreams CAN come true at any age has motivated me to march on and finish what I have started.
Bottom line, if anyone is looking for some basic advice from a bestselling author on what it takes to publish your novel, then grab this book. BUT - do so realizing that this book was written six years ago. Before e-books exploded onto the scene. And we all know how e-books have changed the publishing world, for both readers and authors. Having said that, this book is still full of great advice and a wonderful read for anyone trying to make their dreams come true.