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About the Book
Sixteen blunt and unconventional essays about writing and the writing business from the former manager of the Australian Writer's Marketplace.
In these essays, Peter M. Ball-Aurealis award-winning author and founder of Brian Jar Press-explores the seemingly unintuitive lessons he's learned over twenty years of writing, educating other writers, and running writing conferences attended by hundreds of authors at every level of experience.
Drawn from some of his most popular blog posts, author presentations, and articles, You Don't Want To Be Published sets out to bring the kind of conversations established writers have in private to a more general audience. Here Ball explores the anxieties of building a writing career, the unexpected writing lesson drawn from other forms of narrative, the importance of treating your business like a business, and the subtle shifts in psychology and mindset that can help push your writing career to the next level.
Primarily written during the years Ball convened the popular GenreCon Writers Conference and managed the Australian Writers Marketplace, these essays also strive to find the questions new writers don't yet know they should be asking, while arguing the most common inquiry new writers pursue-how do I get published?-is actually the worst place to start.
Whether you're a new writer looking to sidestep the common problems, an established writer trying to figure out why your career feels like it's been derailed, or you're simply eager to figure out a new strategy that can push your career forward, You Don't Want to Be Published is full of blunt, irreverent, and unexpected advice that just might change the way you look at the writer's job forever.