This book begins with 6 pages of praise for the author and the book by other authors. So there is a strong hype for it. So will the ideas really pay off if I follow her suggestions step by step? This will be my daily journal on reading and working from the book.
After the praise for the book, the dedication and acknowledgments there is a 4 page introduction as a reality check in the form of good news/bad news. These pages outline that there is a lot of competition but still many ways to break into writing and get published.
The most amazing statement in this section is that this book will teach me how to find a publisher before I have written the first word of a manuscript! That gets my attention. She also states that many of her suggestions will go against what I may have learned from writing instructors,conferences and other how to write and get published books. I'm willing to buck the system. These are the techniques she used that worked for her and now she is going to show how they will work for me. The first chapter begins on page 23. More on that tomorrow.