Quite frankly I don’t get the reviews this book got. Yes, I put it under “abandoned” books, but not because I fully dropped it, rather because I didn’t read it in it’s entirety and instead ended up skimming ahead.
First the good: Every so often, you might find some sound advice or tips. But you have to look hard.
Now the bad: The book is repetitive and unnecessarily long. The author uses a lot of examples from his own writing (which I don’t find good at all). Every time he gives an example line he wonders “who wouldn’t read on?” like it’s a masterpiece; not a single time did I answer “me” to that – all those opening hooks (which by the way did not seem to match at all with any of the things he said they should have to be good) were terrible to me, and if I truly were to judge those books by their opening line, I would have quit most of them before giving them a single chance.
Considering all those problems made me lose faith in the author, I could not take what few, far in between tips I found might have been of use, as serious.
Also, one of these two books could have used a different cover…
And given the publication dates, I’m thinking it should have been this one.