This week I wanted to bring to your attention a new eBook by friend and fellow WB tutor Alex Gazzola. Called 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make it does what it says on the tin. It identifies, explains, and then tells you how to avoid making the those mistakes.
We all make mistakes. In fact, making mistakes is a Good Thing, because they give us a great learning opportunity. But what Alex’s eBook does is it tells you about the most common mistakes many beginner writers make … so you don’t have to make them. This eBook is therefore a short cut to doing it right in the first place.
Alex covers a variety of errors, from why it’s wrong to think mistakes are bad, why writers shouldn’t avoid reading, and why it’s wrong to think you shouldn’t invest in your writing career, through to why it’s a mistake to be nervous about contacting editors, or fretting over them stealing your ideas.
As tutors, we frequently find that writers starting out on their non-fiction writing journey regularly make the same mistakes, which is why Alex started his blog (which I can throughly recommend if you don’t already follow it): http://mistakeswritersmake.blogspot.co.uk
Many of the mistakes can be found on his blog, along with several others, but by buying them in eBook format (it’s an extremely good value of £1.99 - and yes, I’ve already bought my copy) you’ll find it easier to read. What I liked about it was that you can either sit down and read it in one go (however long it takes you to read some 20,000 words), or if you’ve only got a couple of minutes you can quickly read a mistake or two. It’s perfect for those with Kindle apps on their smartphones or tablets.
If you want to buy a copy of Alex’s book you can do so here.
And if you want to read Alex’s latest post where he explains why he put it all into eBook format, click here - you might see a name you recognise ;-)