The Author Training Manual

I am a huge fan of Alexis Grant since her Travelling Writer days, so when she launched The Write Life I subscribed immediately. 

The other day an article was posted on The Write Life which I found very useful, titled 5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Self-Publish Your Book. I have been following the talk on self-publishing all over the internet, and this thought kept running through my mind – is it really as simple to self-publish as it was made out to be? And even if one could self-publish, surely achieving success in it would be difficult without some hard work. There must be some downsides to it, I thought. 

My questions were answered in this blog post

The post offered a prize of The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir to one commenter chosen at random. Now usually non-US folks are barred from such contests as the prize is mostly a print book which is mailed. To my pleasant surprise, however, it was mentioned here that an e-book would be sent to non-US winners. 

I dropped a comment anyway because I loved the post. A few days later, I got the great news from Heather at The Write Life that I had won the prize!

I am a quarter of the way through the book and it is chock full of advice that speaks to me. Among the many nuggets of wisdom, Nina Amir states one point that I think I need to work on – the Author Attitude. 

The Author Attitude encompasses a range of attributes that a writer must possess in order to get published – the willingness to learn continuously and put yourself out there, the tenacity to persist despite failures and obstacles, and to top it all, a sunny optimism to weather the storm. 

Read more about this in a detailed post by Nina Amir on Writer Unboxed

I am off to finish reading my prize!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vishalbheeroo
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 19:05:09

    Hey congrats Gargi and after u lap up ur most prized possession, do share ur acquired wisdom with us:)


  2. Rachna Chhabria
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 21:39:04

    Congrats Gargi, on winning that book. Do share a few nuggets of wisdom on your blog, so that we can all learn from it. Btw..I am not sure whether you write short stories, but if you do, then a blog buddy of mine has mentioned a few competitions, which have entry fees, but the prize money is amazing. Check out Annalisa’s Blog.


    • Gargi Mehra
      Jun 25, 2014 @ 19:23:01

      Thanks, Rachna. Yes I do write short stories – I’ve mentioned a few of my recently published ones in some of my recent posts. I’ll check out Annalisa’s blog – thanks for the tip!


  3. Heather at The Write Life
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 07:40:14

    Thanks for sharing our post, Gargi — and congratulations again! Enjoy reading the rest of the book, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.


  4. Payal
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 18:43:58

    Congratulations! I too am curious as to what ze manual has to say. :)


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