Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

April 26, 2012 — 45 Comments
Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins | Joseph Lalonde

Have you heard of Jeff Goins? If you haven’t, you’re going to!

Jeff has been writing at GoinsWriter.com since 2010 and has a passion for writing. He puts out great content 4 to 5 times a week. And he looks like Luke Skywalker.

You can’t go wrong with this guy! Even Michael Hyatt recommends him!

Jeff Goins has become one of my favorite bloggers.
—Michael Hyatt // Chairman, Thomas Nelson

You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

Anyways, he recently penned a new book called You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) (affiliate link). If you’re a writer, or think you want to be one, you’re going to enjoy it!

Jeff gives you practical advice on what you need to do to become a writer. And I think you’ll like what he says.

When you read You Are A Writer, you will discover:

    • Why you need to choose the right to do what you want to do

 

    • How to write for the right reasons

 

    • Why you need to take yourself seriously

 

    • What your audience is relying on you forand

 

  • What tools you will need to succeed in the business

Jeff will also reveal to you three ways he has approached editors, blog owners, and friends about publishing his work. He does this by giving you samples of letters he has written when he approached them.

You will also discover why you need a Platform, a Brand, and Channels of Connection. He breaks down what each of these tools are, what they will do for you, and how to properly use them.

The practical advice offered in You Are A Writer will be invaluable to you as you continue your journey to becoming a writer (or are you one already?). By following his example, I believe you will become the writer you’ve dreamed of. It’s that good!

Now that you know what it’s all about, go get yourself a copy (affiliate link)! You won’t be disappointed.

“You’re ready. Ready enough, anyway.”
— Jeff Goins, You Are A Writer

Question: Are you a writer? Why do you feel this way? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I love Jeff’s stuff. Looking forward to this book.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You won’t be disappointed Larry. By the time you’re finished with the book, I think you’ll believe yourself to be a writer!

  • http://www.zenichka.com/ Zee Kleshchar

    Not a writer, but I like to write when the mood strikes or a good quote is read.

    Will check out Jeff’s blog. Thanks for the recommendation :)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You’re welcome Zee. I think you’ll enjoy Jeff’s blog quite a bit. It’s become a must-read for me.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    This book is on my wish list! I hope to read it soon.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It’s a great book TC. Jeff was hoping it would be released today but I’ve yet to see it appear on Amazon.

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I’m almost done with my review copy and I’ve really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it so far Rob. It’s a great inspirational book to those of us who want to write.

      • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

        Yes it is–definitely a great pep talk. I’m hoping to have my review up tonight or first thing tomorrow–I think I only have like 20 pages left.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Awesome, can’t wait to read your review of it.

  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

    Lots of people are talking about this book…cool review!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Yeah, that’s because the book should be released today or in the next couple of days. If you get a chance, I highly suggest picking up a copy.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        I agree, pick up a copy of You Are A Writer as soon as it comes out. I’ll be coming back to this book over and over again.

      • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

        Awesome! I will check it out!

  • http://soulfari.blogspot.com/ Jay Cookingham

    Sounds like an excellent read…thanks for letting us know!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Hi Jay! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.

      It’s an excellent book for those who like to write or would like to become a writer. The inspiration Jeff gives is amazing.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I am a writer!

    Why? Because I say so!

    Great review (I also reviewed Jeff’s book over on my blog today)!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great Jon! I figured you would say that as you read the book.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Yes, I’m definitely a writer. Why? Because I absolutely love writing and the thought of not writing makes me want to cry. Love it!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I love how you put your passion for writing. Loving it to the point of tears if you couldn’t do it, great imagery! Any specific reason on why you love it so much?

      • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

        The reason Joe is because in grade school I was not deemed a good reader or writer, but my Literature teacher had so much faith in me. Since then I have had a burning passion for expressing myself through what i write. Thanks for asking.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          If only every student had a teacher that cared about their students as much as yours did. So glad someone was there for you like that!

  • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

    I’m fortunate to live by Jeff here in Nashville, and it’s amazing how part of the e-book directly mirrors a conversation that I had with him when I was in the process of discovering I’m a writer. That Pressfield quote “you’re a writer when you say you are” is permanently burned into my brain now. That was a definite turning point in my life.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You are fortunate! Seems like Nashville is a hotbed for the creative types. Makes me jealous. (-:

      I love that Pressfield quote. Being free to be able to call myself a writer, a musician, etc is a great feeling.

      • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

        Agreed! I know I am VERY fortunate being where I am. I think the majority of creatives are Pressfield fans :)

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          I know Nashville is a huge area and a hotbed for music but have you heard of The Liberty Bell or Moblo Records?

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I’m jealous. Maybe Jeff should move up to the Philly area!

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        No Jon, he shouldn’t move to Philly. He should move to Western Michigan. He’d love it here. (-;

        • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

          Western Michigan? Surely, you’re missing out on everything that the Philly area has to offer – cheesesteaks, Phillies, history, close to the ocean, I could go on….

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

            Yeah, it’s a great place to live. We’ve got the GREAT Lakes, beaches, dunes, beautiful nature areas, and the UP. There’s a reason it’s called God’s country. (-;

            • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

              To each his own. Maybe, Jeff Goins could at least visit the Philly area?

              • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

                Haha, I’m sure he wouldn’t move here either but he could visit. Maybe he should visit both on his book tour? (-;

                • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

                  I’m good with that. If I’m in Western Michigan, I’ll be looking you up for sure!

                  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

                    Yeah, just let me know. Would love to meet you. And if I’m in the Philly area, I’ll connect with you and see what we can do!

                    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

                      That would be so cool!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I’m a writer because I write (Simple right). I really enjoy Jeff’s blog and am looking forward to reading his newest book. Have you seen his YouTube clips. Here they are if you have not, http://www.youtube.com/user/goinswriter

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I had not seen those yet. Thanks for sharing Dan.

    • http://rise365.com/ Michael Good

      Dan,
      Thanks for sharing these. Hadn’t seen them yet.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        Your welcome Michael. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  • Rajdeep Paulus

    I am a writer! And I’m not afraid to say it. Anymore! I love how Allen Arnold explained it at a conference I attended. He said, (I paraphrase) “If you think you’re supposed to write, then you’re supposed to write. Whether you’re supposed to write for an audience of one [yourself] or for the world, that will be determined in time. But if you’re a writer, by all means, write!”

    I knew I was supposed to write in high school when my English gave me an A/F and told me I had the bug. I just had to work out the kinks of grammar and get to writing, because I love words almost as much as I love chocolate :)!!

    Excited to read this book and take my writing to the next level!

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      If I had gone on my high school English experience, I’m not sure I would call myself a writer. I went through 4 years of honors English, but they were a challenge – especially senior year where I had to scratch and claw for every grade.

      I’m glad I didn’t give up.

      Perhaps my high school experience taught me to persevere.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That is awesome Rajdeep! So glad you had a teacher that inspired you.

  • http://rise365.com/ Michael Good

    Joe,
    I am a writer because I write and because I say so!

    Thanks for the review, haven’t read it yet.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Yes you are Michael! Your writing has been great and I’ve enjoyed reading it. Keep it up!