Jeff Goins’ You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One): Review

Jeff Goins’ You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One): Review

We review ebooks, courses and tools for writers, so you can make good decisions about how to invest in your writing career.

Ebook: You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

About the creator: Jeff Goins is a blogger, author and speaker who delights in helping others break through obstacles and become the writer they were meant to be. His work has been featured on Copyblogger, Zen Habits and Lifehack as well as magazines and other publications.

Price: $4.99 for just the ebook; $9.99 for the ebook + writing exercises; or $19.99 for the ebook, writing exercises and a four-part audio interview series (Update: The book is now available in paperback on Amazon for $7.99)

Who It’s For: This book is for writers who are still finding their personal path as artists. It encourages writers to believe in their ability to make a difference in the world by using their gift — writing skills.

This ebook is for you if you love to write, but struggle with self-deprecating thoughts that stop you from calling yourself a writer.

What It Will Help You Do: This book will help you fight self-doubt so you can make it as a writer. It will teach you how a simple change of perspective as a writer can help make you more productive and successful.

It offers practical advice on how to navigate the often messy route to writing success in this digital era. You’ll pick up tips on effectively marketing yourself and attracting editors and publishers.

What’s Included: The 77-page ebook contains:

  • Motivational wisdom for writers

  • Instructions for building a platform and establishing a brand

  • Tips on freelancing, guest blogging and pitching magazines

  • Strategies for using blogging and social media well to attract more readers

The Best Part: You Are a Writer will motivate you to fall in love with writing once again. It will also teach you to make the connections you’ll need to build a personal brand as a professional writer.

What Would Make It Even Better: As a freelance writer, I always love to learn new practical tips on polishing my writing and producing more written work in shorter writing sessions to increase my output as a blogger for hire.

However, those aren’t the points this ebook is meant to address. It’s meant to eradicate writers’ doubts and to motivate them to pursue their dream of living a writer’s life; to help them yield to their calling as a wordsmith. It’s a great companion to a guide more focused on the practicalities of launching a writing business.

Our Recommendation: If you’re building a platform, establishing your own brand, or looking for a little inspiration on your writing journey, this short ebook will fill your writing wisdom jar to the brim.

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  • Thank you for publishing my review!
    I still can’t get over the excitement of having contributed to your site.
    I’ll be forever grateful to you, Alexis and Heather. 🙂

  • Lauren Tharp says:

    Great review, Anthony! I’ve been curious about this book for a while now, but I wasn’t sure if it would be a good fit for me. I like Jeff Goins (his website’s great!), but I was unsure about buying the book… I love the subject matter. Impostor Syndrome is something that many writers struggle with, myself included. But, from your review, it seems like it’s directed more toward newbies — is that correct? Or are there still things to be gained from the book’s contents even if you’ve been writing successfully for years…?

    • Thanks for having the time to leave an insightful comment, Lauren.

      The book will benefit even successful writers. It does not matter if they have been flourishing as wordsmiths for many years. The fact remains that until you can call yourself a writer and believe it when you say it, you need this short, but chock-full of actionable and writing/blogging insights, ebook.

      Also, it’s best for me to inform this impressive community that Jeff wrote the book when he was already on his way to build his own thriving tribe of raving Jeff Goins fans. It’s an ebook that has the right to be sitting on your desk, ready to be picked whenever the little demon called “writer’s doubt” sticks out it’s ugly head and derail your work.

      The sub-topic that resonated with me in a huge way is creating a platform. If you are a writer who desires to have a tribe that would love to sample every goodie that you serve on the table, this book is for you. I’ve been ruminating about this for sometime, now–do you think creating a platform is important for a writer Lauren? The community is also free to leave some comments about this and about the ebook on the spotlight.

      • Lauren Tharp says:

        Ah, that’s very interesting, Anthony. Thanks for clearing that up! I know you probably didn’t have room to write about these points in your initial review, so I appreciate you bringing them up in the comments.

        Depending on what type of writer you are and what you’re attempting to do, building a platform can be very important. For fiction writers, this is especially true — many publishers won’t even consider publishing you if you don’t already have a “built in” audience to sell to (this can also be true of non-fiction authors as well!). Basically, any time you want to sell something to your “community”…you need to build a community! lol. Makes sense, right?

        If you’re just looking for clients to buy your services, building a giant “platform” isn’t quite as necessary. But, that’s just how I see it. Maybe I’m wrong! Guess I’ll have to read Jeff’s book and find out. 😉

        • Thanks for the kind words, Lauren.

          Your points about building a platform are invaluable.
          I would really have to build a platform then, so I could sell some materials and resources my future community will need.

          And that way, when I write a non-fiction book, I will also have a ready market for it. 🙂

          Again, thanks Lauren!
          I highly value your comments.

          • Lauren Tharp says:

            Yep! I mean, I don’t have the biggest “platform” in the world, but I do have my social media accounts and my bi-monthly newsletter… And the people who are on my “list” have been very receptive whenever I’ve had anything to offer them. 🙂

            I usually give out freebies (that’s how ya reel ’em in! haha), but every once in a while I have something for sale — a course, a book, an event — and, since I’ve been so lovely to my subscribers in the past, they’ll often take a chance on what I have to offer. It’s great! It’s a nice way to build trust and really interact/engage the people you’re “selling” to; rather than just saying “Hey there, Stranger! You don’t know me, but BUY THIS!!”

            There are so many charlatans online that people have become naturally skeptical of anyone who tries to sell them anything without taking the time to earn their trust. It’s an important element to online business success… Plus, it’s fun! I’ve met a lot of great people through my social media accounts and many of my subscribers write me e-mails each month. 🙂

        • I agree with you, Lauren. And I believe your social media network, your email list, and your blog readers, actually, constitute your platform.

          I also believe in your strategy of giving freebies. Of course, who wouldn’t want to receive free gifts?

          I also agree, giving value, engaging, and building trust is essential in nurturing a platform. That way when you have something to offer, it would gain attention. Your platform will care, and ultimately, will gladly exchange value to get a hold of that product, or service.

          Thanks for your inputs, Lauren.
          They are highly valued.

  • Nice review, Anthony. It sounds like Jeff’s book is primarily motivational. Regardless of your field, some reassurance of your abilities is always helpful. This is especially valuable in a career where you don’t get much direct feedback and you do most of your work independently.

    Lauren, that’s a good point that book editors factor in the size of your existing audience when deciding to publish your book. The book industry is in a position where it needs to make ‘sure bets’; if you can show them a few thousand fans already familiar with your work, I’m sure that makes the decision a lot easier for them.

    • Lauren Tharp says:

      Exactly, Danny! Right on the nose.

    • Thanks, Danny.

      I wrote the review mostly for the people who are just on their way to find their artistic path as a writer. Actually, you’re right, this is not only for writers. It’s for anyone who needs reassurance that they are capable in their chosen field; that they can excel in their chosen career if they put their heart into it. (Unless, your very soul is screaming–you have to leave this specific field and look somewhere else.)

      Be aware, you are in a certain field for a reason. The truth is, you are there because you have chosen that particular line. Yes, you can justify that, somehow, you were led there. However, if you go deep down the core of the matter, things did not work out unless you made the decision to be there in the first place. And if you’re having doubts, consult Jeff’s book. Like it did me, it helped.

      Thanks for the time to leave a thoughtful comment, Danny. I know you’re extra busy.

      Bows and applause from me for your time management skills!
      Many thanks!

  • Rod Langevin says:

    Is this review a “paid” promotion or one done gratis?
    Either way it is very professional.
    But it made me wonder if you somehow paid for this kind of professional and well organized review of your materials through Write Life. Thanks for reading.

    • Hi Rod, appreciate you dropping by to leave some thoughts.

      This review is written for the love of The Write Life community. Dollars is not a match to the exposure and the prestige attached in writing for this prestigious blog.

      Your asking this question encourages me greatly. It means you find my review worth perusing. The word professional used to describe my work is a joy to see from readers like you. Tell you what… I invested valuable time and effort writing this review and that explains the presentable result. (If I may use some bragging rights! 🙂 )

      Again, thank you, Rod, for taking the time to read the review.
      It’s a book worth your while. It’s a writers’ resource that helped me establish a writing business. 🙂

      Have a superbly productive day!

    • Hi Rod, thanks for your comment. No, The Write Life was not paid to publish this review by either Jeff Goins (creator of the You Are A Writer) or by Anthony Dejolde (who wrote the review). We do use an affiliate link to the ebook and receive a small percentage of the cost if someone purchases after clicking our link, but our goal is to help writers decide how best to invest in their businesses and find resources that meet their needs.

      TWL Assistant Editor