Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Shy Writer Reborn by C Hope Clark

I've been following Hope Clark for years. I subscribe to her Funds for Writers Newsletters- even though I don't use them as much now they were invaluable resources for me when I was freelancing. I found so many contests, writing jobs and resources thanks to her... 

I don't think I would have made it through those early years as a professional freelancer without FundsforWriters.com 

I remember reading some of her original book The Shy Writer, I always through about buying it but usually didn't have the money or I didn't think it would make a difference because I was just too shy to consider putting myself out there.

Now that the Shy Writer has been revamped and reborn, I had to give it a try. I am a point where I'm ready to further my career and get myself out there- no matter how painful...and believe me it's going to be painful.

But The Shy Writer Reborn is going to help me do it.

The Shy Writer Reborn
C Hope Clark

Print Length: 282 pages
Publisher: FundsforWriters
March 16, 2013


As an introvert and a writer, you feel stretched to choose between the lesser of two evils--marketing to people who'll most likely criticize you, or putting your writing on the back burner. Introverts have strengths that make them marketable, creative, and successful. Forget those people who tell you to change, to put on a different personality, to dance like a monkey before crowds. Here is the support to be a writer and remain who you care to be . . . genuine.

"Shy types, rejoice! Introversion may see, like a major obstacle to building a successful writing career, but this wonderful "covers-all-the-bases" book handily debunks the notion." ~Peter Bowerman, Author, The Well-Fed Writer series.

"Hope has solutions in The Shy Writer Reborn that let you make the most of who you are instead of asking you to change your personality." ~Linda Formichelli, The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Succcess / The Renegade Writer Blog

"As a self-diagnosed introvert, I know the fears of many writers who are literally afraid to follow their passion and be successful. C. Hope Clark shares how to overcome that fear while navigating interviews, pitches, queries and more. If you're a shy writer, this is the book that will help you find and cultivate an audience for your writing." ~Robert Lee Brewer, Senior Content Editor, Writer's Market

"Hope Clark has done an incredible service for authors by writing The Shy Writer Reborn. She guides you through te steps to overcome fears and finally get a book out of your head and on to paper. This book will help a lot of would-be authors realize their dreams. Highly recommended!" ~Stephanie Chandler, author The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies for Serious Authors

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About the Author

C. Hope Clark is editor of FundsforWriters.com, selected by Writer's Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 13 years. Her weekly newsletters are read by 35,000 readers. She's published in numerous trade magazines and online publications such as Writer's Digest Magazine, The Writer Magazine, Chicken Soup, TURF Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, 2011 and 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, 2013 Writer's Market, and 2014 Guide to Indie Publishing. 

Hope is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, published by Bell Bridge Books out of Memphis, TN. Her first in the series, Lowcountry Bribe, won The Silver Falchion Award at the Killer Nashville Mystery Conference, was a finalist in the 2009 RWA Daphne du Maurier Mystery Awards (as an unpublished manuscript), and was a finalist in the EPIE awards for electronic publishing, in the mystery category. Her talents lead her to speak nationally at writers conferences, book clubs and writing groups, and her efforts to overcome shyness led her to also publish The Shy Writer Reborn: The Introverted Writer's Wake-up Call (2013). 

Read more about Hope at www.chopeclark.com and www.fundsforwriters.com


The Shy Writer Reborn: An Introverted Writer's Wake-up Call
The Shy Writer 
Reborn: An Introverted Writer's Wake-up Call by C. Hope Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent resource for writers who are shy and for those wishing to understand the shy writer.

I am an introvert. Creating publicity for myself and my books is something that makes me cringe. I hate being in the spotlight. I shy away from events and conventions all the time even though I know I need to get out there for my books and my business.

But this book helps me tackle my issues one by one and gives advice and even exercises that help the shy writer break out and be able to be in the spotlight. Now that I've read the book I'm going to go back and use the exercises and work on my issues so I can stop being the shy writer and become the successul writer.

Chances are I'm still not going to enjoy the spotlight like an extrovert does but I think I can make it work for me and my books- and that's the most important thing.

I highly recommend this book to all the shy writers out there.

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