How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights

ISBN-10: 030734648X
ISBN-13: 9780307346483
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ariel Gore
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

This may come as a shock, but brilliant writing and clever wordplay do not a published author make. True, you'll actually have to write if you want to be a writer, but ultimately literary success is about much more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Before you snap your pencil in half with frustration, please consider the advice writer, teacher, and self-made lit star Ariel Gore offers in this useful guide to realizing your literary dreams. If you find yourself writing when you should be sleeping and scribbling notes on odd pieces of paper at every stoplight, you might as well enjoy the fruits of your labor. "How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead" is an irreverent yet practical guide that combines solid writing advice with guerrilla marketing and promotion techniques guaranteed to launch you into print-- and into the limelight. You'll learn how to: - Reimagine yourself as a buzz-worthy artist and entrepreneur - Get your work and your name out in the world where other people can read it - Be an anthology slut and a brazen self-promoter - Apply real-world advice and experience from lit stars like Dave Barry, Susie Bright, and Dave Eggers to your own career Cheaper than an M.F.A. but just as informative, "How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead "is your catapult to lit stardom. Just don't forget to thank Ariel Gore for her inspiring, hands-on plan in the acknowledgments page of your first novel!

Preface
Introduction
Give Yourself a Lit Star Makeover
Write
Dream
Objectify Yourself
How I Became a Novelist: An Interview with Marc Acito
See Yourself as an Artist and an Entrepreneur
Don't Tell Me You're Too Old
Embrace Your Genius
Get Your Heart Smashed, but Just Once or Twice
How to Stay Flash-proof: An Interview with Julia Alvarez
Keep Your Mouth Shut
Choose a Good Vice
Be Just as Crazy as You Are
You Have to Be Strong: An Imagined Interview with Haruki Murakami
Fight for Your Time
Only Change Your Name If You Have To
Develop a Superhero Alter Ego
Watch Out for Stalkers and Wannabes
Demolish Arrogance
Ask Magnificent Meteor
Master Your Craft
Discover Your Lineage
Practice
Stories Are Like Feral Kittens: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin
Rush It
Listen
Study Words
Don't Say Plethora
Confessions of an Outcast Writer: An Interview with Floyd Salas
Take the Book's Dare
Embody Character
Become an Architect
Get Cinematic
The Tell-All Memoir: An Interview with Michelle Tea
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Relax the Rules
Get the Hell Back to Writing: An Interview with Dave Barry
Ask Magnificent Meteor
Publish Before You're Ready
Make a Fool of Yourself
Write for Strangers
Start Small
Ayun Sez Publish Now!: An Interview with Ayun Halliday
Be an Anthology Slut
Make a Zine
It Is What It Is: An Interview with Moe Bowstern
Ten Excellent Reasons to Self-Publish
Make Your Own Books
Volunteer Power and Dirty Gasoline: An Interview with Jim Munroe
Print on Demand
All Media at My Command: An Interview with Susie Bright
Blog This
Ask Magnificent Meteor
Play with the Big Dogs
Be Nice to Interns
How to Piss Off an Editor
Meet Your Deadlines
Size Matters
The Possibility of Disaster: An Interview with Dave Eggers
Don't Submit Blindly to Published Authors
Revel in Rejection
When Destiny Calls: An Interview with Bertice Berry
Write a Proposal
Get an Agent
Do Your Homework: An Interview with Cosmic Editor
Some Perils of Success
Ask Magnificent Meteor
Become a Brazen Self-Promoter
Learn to Talk
Grab the Mic
"I Still Shake Onstage": An Interview with Daphne Gottlieb
Alert the Press
When Journalists Are Not Your Friends
The Queen of Self-Promotion: An Interview with Margaret Cho
Take to the Radio Waves
Get Your Book Banned
Champion Other Lit Stars
Treat the World as Your Own Personal Clubhouse: An Interview with Erika Lopez
Organize an Outrageous Headlong Cross-country Tour
Stand Out on the Corner in a Gorilla Mask and a Pink Tutu
Don't Insult the Folks Who Show Up
Send Thank-You Notes
Remember Why You Came Here
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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