I was at Chapters/Indigo Sunday night, loitering as per usual, when I wandered into the English Language Self-Help section. My eyes were immediately drawn to the "How to Write Books" books -- their optimistic, can-do titles sucking me in. I know these kinds of books get a lot of writers through tough times, okay, so I'm not poo-pooing the entire genre. But because I often judge a book by its cover, here's a few standouts and the reasons why they'd never be able to help me.
All the tools you need, huh? Let's see: your brain; a couple other brains that are more realistic and sensible than yours; a willingness to subject yourself to both rejection and the lineups at Apple's Genius bar... Yep, that about covers it.
I needed to sweat, weep and hunch my way through tough times to get my book to where it is today. It was not easy. And if it was, my readers would have probably insisted upon the kind of refund guarantee that The Easy Way promises.
I cancelled my gym membership in 2010. Also, most writers are weaklings, so the boxing glove metaphor is a bit much. Maybe a picture of a carpel tunnel wrist brace or an ergonomic mouse instead?