Having coached aspiring writers for years and being an author of several books, I thought I knew most everything in the ever-changing world of publication. When I read Roland Allnach’s The Writer’s Primer, A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication, I realized that no matter how much one knows, there is always more information.
Roland is a multi-award winning author of the strange and surreal. Writing this non fiction book is a detour from his usual novels. I’ve long admired him as an astute novelist, now I salute him as a master educator.
The Writer’s Primer is a no-nonsense, hands-on, road map detailing what any writer needs to know and do to break into this literary business. He has outlined the chapters in a way that provide the reader the basic understanding not only of the craft and the mechanics, but a route to navigate the marketplace. The book is carefully researched offering concrete tools for making the big and little decisions that every aspiring author faces. Readers will find information on design, layout, word count, query letters, submission packages, award contests, character development, and even plot design. When it comes to marketing the finished book, he correctly advises that no matter who the publisher is, the author will always be responsible for marketing. Becoming an author is a business and must be approached as such. Promotion, press releases, and publicity are key to success.
Many people erroneously assume that becoming an author is an instant golden ticket to riches. Roland is quick to inform the aspiring author to write for writing’s sake. No matter how excellent the story, if the book doesn’t find a niche, it may actually cost the author. There is no sugar coating of the industry in this how-to paperback. Getting published is not presented as glamorous or easy. Allnach imparts the honest facts, interspersing his personal experiences, both challenges and triumphs, to illustrate a point.
The title of the book is indicative of what the reader will find inside. The Writer’s Primer is truly a guide for anyone at any level who wants to get published. If you are considering writing for publication, The Writer’s Primer is an invaluable resource with answers to literally any and every question you could pose. When I finished the last page, all I could mumble to myself was “Wow! I learned so much!”
Read more at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-writers-primer-roland-allnach/1123331287?ean=9780996785426
Listen to an Interview with Roland on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio, http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/90935/skin-writers-primer-wildflowers
Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, TV/Radio host, and Founder/Executive Director of the literacy charity, Be the Star You Are!® empowering young people to read, lead, and succeed. http://www.bethestaryoaure.org; http://www.StarStyleRadio.com