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Publisher's Summary

Being a writer is not just about typing. It's also about surviving the rollercoaster of the creative journey.

Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer's block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you're going through these things, it can feel like you're alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too.

This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey. Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author.

©2016 Joanna Penn (P)2016 Joanna Penn

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Any genre, any writing goal, be successful!

I've been writing for fun in some form or another since I was able to hold a writing implement. Having toyed with the idea of taking my dabblings to the next level—publishing—and having many published author friends whom I felt might enjoy it, I thought I'd give this a listen.

Not only is this a great book for aspiring authors, it's a fantastic resource for indies, mid-listers, and anyone who wants to take their writing career farther. One of the points Penn makes that I found particularly wonderful is that everyone defines their own success. She then gives you keys to how to reach farther and go bigger while providing anecdotal experiences from her own writing journey.

Whatever your genre, whatever your goals, whatever your location on the writer's journey, you are sure to find at least one useful suggestion for getting the right mindset. I chose to enjoy it as an audiobook and really found the narrator to be engaging and charming, she did a fantastic job of keeping Penn's writing lively. I would much recommend picking this up in digital or print for easier reference points but it is definitely a listen I would recommend too.

If I were still working as a publicist I would share this with every debut author I worked with, I think it's a resource worth every penny.

Notes: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great for new writers

Loved it! Really clear how to develop your mindset to become a better writer. It’s bite size information so you can leave it playing and pick up on a new bit every time. I’ve listened to it twice while driving and I’ll listen to it again. It’s like a podcast only well structured with interesting quotes in the middle. Very enjoyable !

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Very much needed

This book bolstered me and gave me confidence that all I am going through is normal. What a wonderful find!

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very inspiring and realistic at the same time.

the author helps you to understand that becoming a successful author is a marathon and not a Sprint. in a cogent essay on what it actually takes to be successful from a myriad of sources the author guide you through what it requires of a person technically as well as spiritually and emotionally to achieve a long-term goal.

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Aspiring Author

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Though I've only listened to most of it as I have nothing published yet, I fell this is a good reminder of what writer doubts can creep in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Successful Author Mindset?

The structure.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Holroyd – was your favorite?

No characters were mentioned, but the reading was excellent.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Successful Author Mindset?

Doubting is part of the profession.

Any additional comments?

None!

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Mindset for an aspiring author

This book is giving me plenty of fuel for my soul, so I can continue on with the writing on my first forthcoming book on tea. I will get Joanna Penn's workbook and go through the book again.

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Terrific Writer Encouragement

Joanna is practical, relatable and positive. A very useful coach for a writer on their author journey. A motivational boost.

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Excellent advice delivered beautifully

If you have ever wanted to write, or if you are a write who ever struggles with any aspect of the writing process, this book is for you. Writing is a lonely venture, but with this book as your right hand and best friend, it needn't be lonely any longer.

Joanna Penn offers sage advice on so many aspects of writing, they are too numerous to mention in a short review. But take a listen to the sample for something that added dimension to this book -- the phenomenal narrator, Caroline Holroyd. Her cool, British accent lends even more credibility to already credible advice. It was an absolute jot to listen to her narration.

Give this book as a gift to the writer in your life if you are not a writer yourself. If you are a writer, get this book as a gift to yourself. Although I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I would happily have paid for this book.

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Interesting and informative. Especially if your a newbie writer. Very helpful. Great narration. Very enjoyable.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Making mindset work for you

This is the best book I've heard or read about mindset for authors. I wish I'd had this book when I was writing my first book. I will definitely keep it as a reference and listen to it again when I tackle my next book. The author goes over the most important aspects of mindset and how to overcome limiting beliefs and fears. A great listen for anyone who's struggling to write a book or those who already have.

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  • Emily
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Issues?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This self help book gives advice on issues ranging from mental states while writing to writers block and how to work through it to insecurity and inferiority complexes. It helps on almost every issue conceivable to an author, new or old, and really gives you a confidence boost.

The narrator was also pretty good with a smooth voice and an easy narrating style.

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  • rob y
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Lots to take in

This book covers a lot of information very quickly. Will probably be one I will listen to a few times.