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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Becoming a writer is one thing, but becoming a published author? It’s a lot of work and dedication. There are so many pitfalls and disappointments along the way. The main thing is that writers/authors must be dedicated to their craft, no matter what the critics say, no matter how many rejections they receive. It’s a ‘tough skin’ line of work.
Author Roland Allnach has considerable experience as a writer, as an author, and in the realm of publishing and promoting books. With his expertise, he leads the would-be as well as the established writer through the mire and confusion of the world of writing and publishing. His book, The Writer’s Primer: A Practical Guide to Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication, looks at the entire spectrum of being a writer, being an author, being a published author, from the very basics of writing a short story to the final and very time-consuming aspects of promoting and marketing the published book.
With the firm belief in the old saying that “there’s a good book in every person,” Roland uses this guide to encourage as well as coach writers to hone their craft. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of writing, and is, in itself, a mini-course, complete with useful anecdotes and amusing scenarios to help writers understand and appreciate each vital aspect of the world of writing. His section entitled Basic Writing Mechanics may seem very ‘basic,’ but it’s well presented in a comprehensive manner that not only makes the beginning writer understand, but also helps the established writer improve his/her craft.
Since all writers, beginners and established, are continually ‘aspiring’ to improve their craft, this book, a guide to ‘aspiring authors,’ applies to us all. A very informative and interesting presentation of the creative art of writing. Well done!