Mini-Review: Get Known Before The Book Deal by Christina Katz

Stepping away from NaNoWriMo for a moment to urge all the writers out there to go pick up this book. Never thought about the business side of writing? Those pesky things like audience, marketing, and the dreaded platform? Pick up this book. Seriously. Here’s the Amazon link.

One question I know I asked when I first picked up the book is: “What does a writer who’s only published two books know about platform and marketing?” The answer to that, my friends, is the evidence of her rather large blog following. Enough said. And my personal response to myself on that question was, “Well how many have you published, ya dope?!”

Once I’d gotten through the first couple of chapters (some of which focuses on strictly non-fiction- which I don’t personally write) it became clear that this book will be exceedingly useful. I’ll admit that I read through it quickly. Mostly because I decided that I want to go back and do all the useful exercises I didn’t have the time for on my first read through. If you’re like me and don’t write non-fiction? Don’t worry. There seems to be plenty of advice in store for us fiction writers too.

I was extraordinarily excited to have the opportunity to review this book. I look forward to using it as a real tool toward growing my own platform. Instead of as a doorstop, which is where most of these kinds of books can end up. Well written, informative, and in plain language without pretension.

Get Known, along with Ariel Gore’s How To Be A Famous Writer Before You’re Dead will be my writerly bedside reading, my authorly bibles. Just as soon as NaNo’s over.

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