About the Book

A little bit about how this book began.

As I went through my writing life, four, five, six years in, I learned things and thought, Why didn’t anyone tell me that at the beginning? So many wonderful craft and writing books helped me, but I didn’t find one that presented all the resources, basics, and debates beginning writers should know in the areas of writing, reading, trying to make a living, and trying to make a life as a writer, like an artist’s freshman orientation.

So that’s what I wrote.

This book will give you a panoramic view of what you need to know most and what you need to know first to become a person who can look someone else in the eye and say, “I’m a writer,” even if you also work a day job.

Selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers

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