Only as Good as your Word

Only as Good as your Word

Writing Lessons From My Favorite Literary Gurus

Book - 2007
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In this funny, moving, and revealing ride, Susan Shapiro recounts her obsessive quest for success as a professional writer and the beloved mentors who saved her life -- and career -- along the way.

Growing up in the Midwest, Susan Shapiro knew at a young age that all she wanted in life was to become a writer. And so, as soon as she graduated from college, she headed straight to New York City, determined to break into the biz. A few hard knocks later, she learned that it takes more than being a good writer to make a living at it -- the most successful professional writers, she discovered, have great mentors to support, promote, advise, admonish, inform, infuriate, and sometimes givethem a good kick in the pants along the way.

Only As Good As Your Word is a rollicking chronicle of Shapiro's coming of age as a journalist and author. It's also a revealing memoir that proves what Shapiro's been saying all along: The most important lessons about writing really are, at heart, important lessons about life.

A must-read for all writers in the publishing trenches, from the very green to the veterans.
Publisher: Emeryville, CA : Seal Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781580052207
1580052207
Characteristics: 405 p. ;,21 cm.

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