Okay guys, I can’t even tell you how much I’ve learned from this book, the inspiration, and how much I loved reading this book!
Rate from 1-10: 10 !!!
Reason: When I first picked this book up, it was for English homework, but when I started reading this, I was just loving the whole book itself. I love how at the end Shapiro gives tips in how to get a mentor and have a prodigé. (i can’t spell stuff). Although it took me a long time to read this book, it was such a nice book to get into after finishing two or three tests in one day. I’m going to be looking forward to reading her other memoirs that she has written.
Summary: 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.
I would think that this book is great for aspiring writers (like myself) and people with big dreams (also me..).