Ten Quick Wins For Writers is a quick read with both motivational and how-to content. Another reviewer mentioned that the book "doesn't quite go as far as the publishing part, as the title states." As I see it, the book does not go into the "how to" of publishing beyond to just do it. However, it does give several memorable motivational metaphors that should be helpful to those who are hesitant to put themselves out there by publishing.
This book does offer numerous tips and strategies for getting your book written. One of my favorite tips was setting MTO goals in writing. This means specifying Minimum, Target, and Optimum goals. For writers, these goals might be expressed in the number of pages written or time spent writing each day. As I read Jed’s book, I realized I had done this for my meditation practice. On my last birthday, I decided to meditate every day, at least until my next birthday. Although I didn’t use Jed’s terminology, I set the minimum bar very low, to three minutes. Twenty minutes would be good (Jed’s target goal) and forty minutes would be great (Jed’s optimal goal). I found that setting the lowest bar at three minutes gave me no excuse for not meditating at all that day. However, once I get started meditating, I have never stopped at just three minutes. Curiously, I had not considered extending this to other areas of life, like writing or exercise, until reading Jed’s book.
Years ago, as I was bemoaning going to a required all-day continuing education class, a colleague told me that if I could get one good idea from the class that I could successfully incorporate in my life, the class would be worth it. I predict that you will get this, and likely more, from Jed’s book—and it won’t take you all day.
P.S. Although as I read the book I didn't think I needed Jed's metaphors to help me publish, this is my first ever review and my mouse has been hovering over the Submit button for about ten minutes. Okay, here goes.