Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

April 26, 2012 — 45 Comments

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

Jeff has been writing at 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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  • I love Jeff’s stuff. Looking forward to this book.

    • 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!

  • 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 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • Awesome! I will check it out!

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

    • 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.

  • I am a writer!

    Why? Because I say so!

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

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

  • 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!

    • 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?

      • 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.

        • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

        • 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….

          • 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. (-;

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

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

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

                  • 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!

  • 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,

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

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

      • 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!

    • 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.

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

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

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

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