August 31, 2016
Finished: Green Light Your Book by Brooke Warner
Green Light Your Book is the latest book from Brooke Warner—author, publisher, editor, coach, instructor, author champion—in which she shares her invaluable insight into how indie authors can succeed within the current realities of publishing. If you’re a writer who wants a straight-up, yet encouraging guide to what it takes to be published and succeed, this is a fabulous resource. It covers everything from the state of the industry to the choices for publication (traditional, self, hybrid) to all the things a writer must do besides write (yes, including building the almighty platform, her discussion of which is more thorough than most).
I love that this book doesn’t read (as so many do) like the author is trying to convince you of something or sell you something (including her press, She Writes Press, which has stringent criteria for acceptance so is far from a sure thing anyway). Instead, I believe she’s just laying it all out there in a genuine effort to educate and help authors navigate publishing, whichever path might be best for them. She is also passionate about high quality publication—which she acknowledges comes at a cost, but describes its trade-off value of long-term success, breaking down barriers to publishing, and eliminating stigma and discrimination attached to independent publishing.
I also love the author’s focus on things like personality: “It doesn’t matter if you’re reserved or wild—we’re all drawn to different types of people for different reasons. You just have to be authentically you and then keep showing up…,” and community and connection: “…indie authors…tend to rally around one another and other authors in a way that I find inspiring.”
When I decided to step out of my self-imposed writing closet, I made a firm decision to do two things: 1) Be true to myself and participate only in what feels authentic and meaningful, and 2) To connect with and support others in those shared endeavors, including reading and writing. Though I very much want to publish, the process itself has already been life-changing.
Green Light Your Book is a practical and empowering guide I will use to take me to the next level…and dare I say, (thanks to this book: “Playing big is the opposite of keeping yourself small because you’re afraid of failure”)—beyond.
Thank you, Brooke Warner!
Reading Now: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
I’ve already read this book, and when someone in my book club suggested we select a book that had a significant impact on us, it was the very first book to spring to my mind. It also happens to be the 20th Anniversary of its release this month, so we’re just getting it in under the wire!
“The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider’s look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacob’s daughter Dinah (who only received a glimpse of recognition in the Book of Genesis), we are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent. In a confiding and poetic voice, Dinah whispers stories of her four mothers, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah–all wives to Jacob, and each one embodying unique feminine traits. As she reveals these sensual and emotionally charged stories we learn of birthing miracles, slaves, artisans, household gods, and sisterhood secrets. Eventually Dinah delves into her own saga of betrayals, grief, and a call to midwifery.”