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quote 2015-02-15 16:57
If you get negative reviews, you cannot go on the defensive. People are entitled to their opinion and I have never seen a single author that got all positive reviews from everyone under the sun. Too many authors get caught up in their emotions and it is understandable to an extent.

...I see some authors grow hysterical if a reader says something they do not agree with, or if they get a bad review. They go online and paste it on a social network and wait for their readers to defend their wonderful books. Sure, some will hop on the post and cosign on their anger, but most people are looking at the post and shaking their heads. It is a sign of immaturity to get upset about negativity towards your work. Take pride in your work regardless. If you believe you put your best effort into the book and it is a compelling story, carry yourself that way. Let it slide right off you. Don't engage in arguments with readers and book reviewers, in private or in front of anyone else. Either do not respond, or thank them for giving your work a chance, like I do.

A few excerpts from Zane's "Infinite Words".

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review 2015-02-15 16:21
Review: Infinite Words: A Guide to Creating, Publishing, and Producing Writing That Sells by Zane
Infinite Words: A Guide to Creating, Pub... Infinite Words: A Guide to Creating, Publishing, and Producing Writing that Sells - Zane

Quick review for a quick, enlightening read. I really enjoyed the honest, straightforward writing advice Zane provides in "Infinite Words." She touches on many topics that would be beneficial for many writers of different walks (but especially beginning writers). Whether writing fiction, non-fiction, scripts, among other mediums, this book provides a very no-nonsense, straightforward guide of what to keep in mind as you're writing. She stresses the importance of time management, creating a SWOT analysis as a writer, how to best appeal to your readership and structure stories (including writing outlines and making characters pop), among many pertinent topics.

The advice is coupled with personal examples she's encountered in her experience, including her roles as a writer, publisher, and scriptwriter. I appreciated the chance not only to see her various approaches in how to work towards success as a writer, but also her background in the industry - and that was enlightening as much as the writing advice she provides. She's blunt and at times quite humored. (There were a few pet peeves she noted in the mix of common writing mistakes she's observed and I mentally went "Yes! Thank you! I feel the same way." Sometimes I had a good chuckle for her commentaries. My hope is that anyone picking up this guide will listen to the importance of those measures, such as the importance reading avidly as a writer or maintaining consistency in the details of your narrative).

This is a guide that I'll certainly return to, if even in the context of reading more of her work provides because it gives me a frame to see not only how I can improve upon my own craft as a writer, but also how her style and advice has shaped (and continues to shape) her own work.

Overall score: 4/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Atria.

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