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This Is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors
Jun 11, 2013 | ISBN 9781599636948

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“This nonmanual is a highly readable memoir stuffed with tips and information about the myriad aspects of pursuing a writing career by one who has carved a niche for herself in that world, namely with YARN (Young Adult Review Network). Majors hasn’t had her breakthrough–she’s not a Stephen King or Stephenie Meyer–but she’s proof that there is a place in the writing world for those who aren’t superstars. She is friendly, savvy, hip, easy to identify with, and definitely in touch with her teenage writer-self.” – Booklist

“Essentially a memoir, the volume is earnest and practical in tone, covering every angle of writing, from buying a planner and revising to finding an audience and learning from mistakes. More philosophical concerns include what to do for a living before hitting the big time, deciding whether writing is a hobby or a job, and dealing with hating friends who find success before you do. Finally, for those committed to publishing, helpful advice is offered on dealing with agents, editors and publishers, discovering the right journals and finding inspiration. The best advice of all is to write for pleasure, even if the ultimate goal is publication. Clearly, Majors knows what she’s talking about, and readers will recognize they’re getting advice from someone who knows…. An upbeat and honest guide for teens already considering writing careers.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Candid, honest advice and reflection from a writer who’s been there. – Publisher’s Weekly

“I wish this book existed when I was starting out! Filled with personal stories, inspiration, and practical creative advice, Kerri’s book is a must for young writers everywhere.” – Allen Zadoff, author of Boy Nobody, My Life Since You Left Me, and Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have

This Is Not a Writing Manual is a personal book in the best sense of the word. Kerri Majors’s advice is hard won. It comes from her own joys and disappointments, her hopes and unwavering dedication to writing. The book, as the title says, will not teach you how to write. What the book will do is take you, like a trusted friend, through some of the decisions you will need to make in order to be a writer. Its practical and heartfelt wisdom will prepare you for the challenges and fulfillments of the writing life.” – Francisco X. Stork, author of Irises and Marcelo in the Real World, noted as a Best Book by the Washington Post and many others

“A personal and invigorating memoir of the creative life, This Is Not a Writing Manual offers wisdom, camaraderie, and inspiration for newbies and veterans alike. – John Cusick is an agent at Greenhouse Literary, the managing fiction editor at Armchair/Shotgun, and the author of Girl Parts and Cherry Money Baby

“When I was a writing teacher, I met many talented, passionate young writers who wondered how to move forward. I sincerely wish I’d had Kerri Majors’s This is Not a Writing Manual to help them. Never prescriptive, always honest, this book is a genuine resource that grapples with the real work of writing–finding courage, finding time, and finding a way. – Blythe Woolston, author of Black Helicopters and The Freak Observer, a William C. Morris Debut Award winner

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