Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers is more or less that: a missive, a love letter for aspiring authors. This book shares only one person’s perspective – mine. As a result, it’s not intended to be an all-inclusive resource. It’s equal parts memoir and advice column, and I invite you to read it with that in mind.
Last year I wrote and published my first book, and let me tell you, it was a journey! I learned quite a bit in the process, and I’ve collected my knowledge and experiences here. This booklet includes the lessons I’ve learned and the opportunities I’ve been afforded on this adventure. I’ve captured it all in the hopes it will benefit you.
Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers Reviews
Famed poet and writer Nikki Giovanni once stated, “We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.” The process of writing and producing literature is not restricted to the elite of society, but it is for every individual who desires to express their creative expression through the written word. Dr. Tracy Powell’s brief monograph, The Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers, is a precise book that provides both layman and academic writers a clear road map to creative production. This book is not an academic enterprise, but it is based on Dr. Powell’s personal journey of writing and publishing her first book Practical Leadership: Lessons Learned from Mickey. Powell’s first-hand knowledge is a gift to anyone who wants to write their first book, improve their current book, or produce a second book of the highest quality.
The Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers consists of nine chapters. Each chapter provides concise instructions and details to produce a draft that will lead to the final printing. More importantly, Dr. Powell provides writing exercises that instruct writers who have not started a draft to reflect on their ideas, intent, audience, and topic. Reflection and introspective thinking will help the writer to process the details necessary for writing and publishing. Dr. Powell’s reflection and introspective thinking is a testament of her challenges, mistakes, and great success in writing and publishing her works. Writing is a process, and beginner writers should not be afraid of the challenges and minor set-backs they will experience on their writing journey. Dr. Powell assures the writer that it is all right to be cautious, but she also provides the evidence through her success that they can become a successful writer and publisher. Modern technology and self-publishing websites will help beginner writers to streamline the process. Traditional publishing can be cumbersome and slow. Dr. Powell is not suggesting that the writing and publishing process should be rushed, but she reassures the writer that modern technology has given them the infrastructure to publish their book and reap the fiscal reward. I highly recommend that bookstores, libraries, and every home buy a copy of The Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers. This petite writing guide will uplift the spirit of writers and encourage them to partake upon the journey of authorship.
Latif A. Tarik, Ph.D.
This book is a must have resource for ALL aspiring authors. Dr. Powell captures your attention with thought-provoking questions, and keeps you reading by sharing lessons learned and successful strategies. This book includes amazing “how to’s” and planning tools to help you organize your ideas to be successful from the beginning of the process to the very end. She empowers you to start your own journey. I highly recommend Dr. Powell’s book to anyone who desires to become a published author.
Tarsha M. Cavanaugh, PhD, MSW, LGSW
This book is a concise guide for anyone who is thinking about becoming an author. There were segments I found beneficial, even as a published author. Dr. Powell hit the nail on the head with this one! The worksheets within this book will encourage you to reach beyond what you believe is possible in terms of finding your ‘Why.’ Authorship can be done! This book will help you begin.
Keshia D. Keith, PhD, LPC, NCC
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It doesn’t matter if you are a first timer or an established author, Journey to Authorship is a must read before publishing your next book. Dr. Tracy Powell has provided an insightful blueprint to make your life easier.
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