Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers

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Discover the Tricks and Tools of the Pros

Successful writers write, rather than just think about writing, talk about writing, or plan what they’ll write when they get a cabin in the woods. Yet even accomplished writers sometimes get “blocked,” losing access to their in-the-zone writing mind. Steve O’Keefe offers proven techniques and practices for jump-starting stalled ideas, honed during his many years of working in virtually every aspect of publishing. His innovative, often unconventional exercises will get you writing and accessing your own unique voice — a voice the world wants to read! Containing a career’s worth of writing and publishing savvy, as well as the advice of expert authors gleaned from hundreds of interviews, Set the Page on Fire is the kind of nuts-and-bolts coaching and encouragement invaluable to novice and veteran writers alike.


Publisher : New World Library

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Reviewers are On Fire about Set The Page on Fire:

* “unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.” – Midwest Book Review

* “well-written and practical” – Author Tim Bete

* “one of the very best books ever on how to write a book, how to get it happily published, how to promote it – and why all these things are worth doing.” – Author Ken McCarthy

* “filled with practical, real-world experience and relevant anecdotes yet it was not repetitive nor boring to read.” – Author David Woghan

* “a compact, readable and incredibly useful book. Go go go.” – Author Paul Krupin

* “not like any other book on writing I’ve ever read.” – Author & Critic Marilyn Dalrymple

* “An essential addition to any writing library.” – Author Brian Rouff

* “Practical and Empowering” – S. Newlon

Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers is based on over 250 interviews with published authors and publishing professionals. It embodies 25 years of experience teaching writing and public relations to thousands of students from prison writers to Pulitzer Prize-winners.

From 2004-2008, Steve O’Keefe ran the startup AuthorViews, criss-crossing North America interviewing authors about their books. These interviews culminated in Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers, which contains actionable ideas for igniting your writing projects.


About the Author

Steve O’Keefe is an author, editor, and book-industry professional who has helped hundreds of writers move from brainstorm to bestseller. As the content director for Orobora, Inc., he has hired dozens of expert writers to produce a steady stream of articles, blog posts, and website content for major corporations and nonprofit organizations. A regular presenter at conferences and seminars including Book Expo, he lives in Virginia.

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