I finished reading Write and Revise for Publication, by Jack Smith, a week or so ago. I just got around tossing together the collage and offering my two cents (obviously). When I read, I desecrate the books perfect pages with my highlighter and pen, so it wasn’t hard finding some quotes that stuck out for the collage above.
The book has some strong themes running through it. It’s broken down into sixteen chapters, each one offering solid insights to push you down the writing path. I found the chapters on, “Rethinking Openings and Endings,” and, “Improving Style, Mood, and Tone,” to be the most helpful.
By far, the most tearfully disappointing chapter was the single chapter on marketing and publishing your work. I know the book doesn’t claim to be a marketing book, but much of this information seemed to be common knowledge – almost an afterthought.
This book is a pure how-to book. While some of the author commentary is inspiring, it is mostly instructional. This isn’t a bad thing. There has to be books out there that focus purely on the analytics of the craft – and this one does it well. Just don’t expect the author to grab you by the collar and shake inspiration out of you.
In the grand scheme of writing books, I’m not unhappy to own this one. There were some unique insights here and there. And honestly, that’s what it’s all about for me. If I can just take one useful tool from another writer, then they have proven to me their worth. You don’t have to give me the world, just give me one new way to look at it.
I‘m always looking for new books! Especially books about the craft. Is there one you were thinking about but haven’t pulled the trigger on buying yet? Let me know – my trigger finger is always itchy. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!