Booklife is the quintessential book for writers coming of age, or aging into, a technology-driven media environment and publishing sphere. What does this book cover: you name it, minus Goodreads. It was published in 2009, so that didn’t make it into this edition. I’m hoping there will be a further edition later on. Jeff Vandermeer covers every aspect of publishing and publicizing a book you can possibly imagine. I think the most important aspect of this book is the advice he gives to writers interacting with anyone else, especially those in the book-sphere. There are countless nasty writers out there, and many more are turned nasty by a review or rejection they deem unfair. I’ve received hate e-mails, letters, phonecalls, I have to say I’m unaffected by them in all ways but one: putting that person on my “permanent ignore” list. Writers…don’t be jerks. That’s really the only advice here, but for those of us that are very sensitive about what we’ve created, or perhaps just easily discouraged, there is inspiration from Vandermeer on how to “keep calm and carry on.”
This book is recommended to every writer out there, especially beginners, writers over say 30 years of age, and any other writer that wants to make sure they have covered every base and done it properly. There is no easier way to ruin your writing career than being an ass. Don’t do it…your reputation will proceed you. Don’t worry though, the book isn’t a giant lecture. His PR and Media strategies are well worth a trip to your local library to peruse the book and see if it should be added to you reference library.