Pop culture is described in dictionaries as the totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images and other phenomena that are deemed preferred through an informal consensus within the mainstream of a given society. Popular culture is heavily influenced by the mass media and permeates the everyday life of many people. This being said, we need writers and artists of mass media who mirror our culture in the form of music, books, and art. And sometimes, writers and artists need help or inspiration to motivate them to continue writing for the masses.
Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, or simply a fan of pop culture in the U.K. or anywhere in the world, you’re going to want to know about this book. Because this book will help you. It will help you write your song, write your book, paint that picture, craft that jewelry, or any of the other million and one creative projects you want to complete. As a professional writer for more than 25 years, I thought I had read the best of the best when it came to “how to” books about writing. However, I was wrong. Mary Carroll Moore’s new book, Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir or Nonfiction Book, (Riverbed Press, 2011) takes the “how to” genre to a whole new level. From the creator of the popular "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" workshop, Mary has crafted a book that will serve as the premiere resource in how to write and sell your book for years to come. Mary is not a novice. She is an award-winning author of thirteen books in three genres and has helped thousands of new book authors develop their ideas and publish their books.
In Amanda Hesser’s book, Cooking for Mr. Latte, and in Frances Mayes’s book,Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, both authors intersperse personal stories alongside recipes for delicious meals. It makes reading recipes even more fun and satisfying because these authors engage the reader in a way that cookbooks had never done before. In the same way, Mary chronicles her own personal stories and journeys through Europe (and life) while offering the reader a heaping helping of writer’s tips and guidelines along the way. Mary begins by telling readers (and writers) how important it is to start with a good map. In the first part of the book, Mary relates a story of herself as a 19 year old in Athens, Greece, who was traveling without a map while trying to figure out how to get to Cape Sounion and find a place to stay with only enough money for a ticket. The interesting part is how Mary uses her personal stories as a tool to augment each step of how to write a book. This information is easily transferrable to any creative project one wants to start, although it is specifically written for writers.
Mary’s book is not only informational and helpful, it is tender and passionate. Bringing a literary and intellectual mind to bear on each experience, Mary adds depth to her own storytelling and “how to” tips. Along with being a writer, Mary is a consummate gardener, singer/songwriter, gourmet cook and artist. These rich experiences are deftly communicated in the pages of her book and while her “loves” are never chores, neither is writing. It is an art that needs to be practiced, nurtured, honed, and treasured. Along with Mary’s personal stories are specific advice, focused writing exercises, up-to-date advice on today’s publishing industry, and generous encouragement, which will serve as a blueprint to help writers of pop culture and all genres from their first steps to the final book.
Order yours today. Nominally priced at $12.20 paperback or $9.99 Kindle edition, you can order Your Book Starts Here at Amazon.com. For more information about Mary Carroll Moore and her workshops and books, please see www.MaryCarrollMoore.com.