Write, Edit, Promote: Book Review
Samarpita rightly emphasises on the basics. Like dieting, we know what we should do but often don’t, due to lack of time. Write everyday, she says. Very true, for practice makes perfect. The other three pillars are also sound. Reading, writing unique stuff and good grammar. Read on for the entire book review.
The next chapter also covers the basics, like planning a few chapters at a time. I did feel some points were too basic, like using MS Word, but Samarpita warns us beforehand that some writers don’t follow even these steps, choosing to write on Notepad.
I liked the next section, Editing, better; as it had some points that were new to me. Writers do often expect editors to wave a magic wand and make their manuscripts saleable. But if you criticize their manuscript, even if it’s constructive criticism, they often take offence.
Samarpita has useful advice on choosing and getting the most out of any editor you hire. Next, Samarpita covers reasons why publishers may be rejecting your book baby. Having worked in a literary agency, I found myself nodding along. Mistakes like tooting your own horn too much are definite turn offs.
Next, Samarpita talks about why hiring a professional beta reader is a good idea. Friends and family are likely to gush and other readers may not be able to spot areas you need to improve upon like a professional can.
Then there’s a chapter on why you need an editor. On page 26, Samarpita talks about the chapter as a post. Such slips need to be corrected. Samarpita makes some relevant points. A fresh pair of eyes that look at your book baby from a reader’s perspective definitely helps.
The chapter on self editing has some useful pointers, like trimming your manuscript. Again, on page 29 Samarpita talks about posts, so that needs to be rectified as well.
‘How to hire an editor’ has some good points on how a writer can evaluate a potential editor, like looking at their writing.
The final section, Social Media, was why I downloaded the book. Samarpita starts off my talking about how participating in an activity led to a boost in her blog’s Alexa rank. Agreed, but I feel these have diminishing returns.
The next chapter is a tempting one- promoting your book on Facebook. Although Samarpita suggests starting a Facebook page, I found that my page’s reach was low as Facebook decides who to show it to. I would have liked her to cover such topical points, so that her book would have been more up to date. The other points like leveraging Facebook groups are useful.
The chapter on promoting your book has good points like trying to get your book reviewed by someone whose audience overlaps with your target audience.
Brand yourself as an author before your book launch by networking offline and online, she says. Very true. I liked the next chapter best as Samarpita has interviewed two authors on the importance of social media for an author. It was interesting to read about real life experiences.
The chapter on hashtags could have covered how your tweets show up in search anyway if they contain the search term.
Samarpita has authored over 350 articles, so this book comes from that experience. While this book is good for a beginner author, I would have liked more in depth content for the intermediate author. Some content seemed generic, which would be available easily with a Google search.
The book is well organised with subheads in the chapters, so they’re easy to scan. Bulleting social media tips would have made them easier to implement. A sample social media plan would have added value.
If your foundation is solid, you can build a great house as a writer. Samarpita’s book will help you build that foundation. Here’s another writing book review.
This book review has been written as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program.