For Writers Only
PERMISSION TO WRITE: How to Write a Book & Other Myths From the Real World of Writing & Publishing
Unknown writers have always been writing: they just haven’t been seeing their words in print. The awful truth is that the digital age has made it much easier to have a book published – and much more difficult in so many ways. Indeed, it is truly disheartening for both writers and readers to think that publishing a book is so easy (digital self-publishing anyone?), but ensuring its quality is truly problematic.
Part-memoir, part-mentor, PERMISSION TO WRITE does just that: gives aspiring writer permission to write – if and only if they manage to improve their writing, take a more realistic approach to the fact that they probably don’t write as well as they think, and disabuse themselves of the notion that just because they can publish their books, they should.
This book chronicles my journey through a quarter of a century of slogs with traditional publishers (including Doubleday Canada, the now-defunct NC Press, the University of Toronto Press, Kogan Page, London), as well as my romps through the increasingly convoluted corridors of the Wild, Wild West of the burgeoning digital-self-publishing world.
The purpose of this book is to entertain everyone who ever thought that he or she could write a book – possibly a majority of the population – and to provide a bit of tough-love, “mentorly” advice along the way.
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The most personal of all my work to date is this memoir I wrote based on my experience as a parent to an elite ballet dancer. I kept a meticulous journal throughout the years my son spent at Canada’s National Ballet School. When I got tired of answering everyone’s questions about “What’s that like?” and my personal favourite, “How could you let your eleven-year-old son go away to school?” I decided to write a book to answer those questions. BTW the answer the the latter question? Because I love my son.