For those of you who are writers, aspiring or professional, and those of you with friends who are, I offer you this book as a holiday gift: Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer by Jeff Vandermeer.
What Booklife isn't is a how-to-write-the-perfect-story book or how-to-set-up-a-blog book or how-to-live-the-writer's-life or anything like that; what it is, however, is an invaluable resource for managing your brilliant story and your awesome blog. Booklife also offers useful tips on creating goals for your writerly life, networking with other writers and publishers in the business, maintaining your connections as well as your online presence; it has insights to help you cope with rejection and acceptance; and Booklife makes a distinction between "habit and process" that many writers are afraid to make.
I've used Booklife to help define what this blog, The Spiral, was going to be about and how best to go about it (in fact, Chapter 1 is highlighted in its entirety). I've also used many of its tips to set a writing schedule which I adhere to pretty strictly.
The publishing world is constantly changing and Booklife gives you the organizational skills for you to find a place in it. You can also find updates and more information about Booklife at http://www.booklifenow.com/.
Vandermeer was an instructor of mine at the Clarion Workshop this past summer and I know firsthand the passions he has for writing and writers in general. With Booklife, you're in good hands. I highly recommend this book.
The link at the top will take you to Amazon. For those of you who'd like it on a kindle, go here. For other places to buy the book as well as checking out an interesting blog, visit http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/
Now back to your regularly scheduled program.