Only as Good as Your Word: Writing Lessons from My Favorite Literary Gurus (Paperback)

Writing Lessons from My Favorite Literary Gurus

By Susan Shapiro

Seal Press (CA), 9781580052207, 405pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2007



In this funny, moving, and revealing ride, Susan Shapiro recounts her obsessive quest for success as a professional writer and the beloved mentors who saved her life and career along the way.
Growing up in the Midwest, Susan Shapiro knew at a young age that all she wanted in life was to become a writer. And so, as soon as she graduated from college, she headed straight to New York City, determined to break into the biz. A few hard knocks later, she learned that it takes more than being a good writer to make a living at it the most successful professional writers, she discovered, have great mentors to support, promote, advise, admonish, inform, infuriate, and sometimes give them a good kick in the pants along the way.
Only As Good As Your Word is a rollicking chronicle of Shapiro's coming of age as a journalist and author. It's also a revealing memoir that proves what Shapiro's been saying all along: The most important lessons about writing really are, at heart, important lessons about life.
A must-read for all writers in the publishing trenches, from the very green to the veterans.