Coffee Shop Review at Green Man Review

It has a few caveats (most about the chapter on writers, which strikes the reviewer as catty) but it’s largely positive:

…there is a lot of good information in here, particularly on working as a freelancer. It’s not the bookkeeping/regular office hours/writing good book proposals sort of information, but more getting across the point that editors for popular science magazines don’t have time to deal with your artistic neuroses — and they don’t have to. If you’re going to be a professional, then be a professional, which means producing what you’ve agreed to produce when you’ve agreed to produce it, without histrionics and of good quality. That’s how you get more work so you can actually be a professional writer.

That’s a pretty square-on assessment from my view.

And now the book’s gotten two more reviews, frankly, than I expected it would get. Nice that the reviews have been generally positive so far.

9 Comments on “Coffee Shop Review at Green Man Review”

  1. “And now the book’s gotten two more reviews, frankly, than I expected it would get.’
    but not catty.

  2. What’s catty about that? It’s a limited edition non-fiction book. How many reviews should have I expected? Look, it’s at least one more review than my last non-fiction book got, and it was released by a major publisher.

  3. John Scalzi | February 11, 2007 09:36 PM

    Well, to be fair, I am a smartass, so he can’t be faulted for that.

    Huh? No way! I never would of known. ;-P

    I’m glad I’m not that way. (Are you buying that?)

  4. Sorry John, I misread the context and dived for the snark. Can I stop standing in the corner now?

  5. booksellerbynight – This is Patty Cryan's book blog, a place for her to put her book reviews and things. It is a mirror site for her LiveJournal site at ["What's a JOATAMON?", you may ask. And many of you do. It's an acronym for "Jack Of All Trades and Mistress of None", and was the name for my hypothetical rock band, back when everyone and their brother had a hypothetical band.] [Some of my Gentle Readers actually have not-so-hypothetical rock bands. But this is a book blog.] ABOUT THE BLOGGER: Patricia M. Cryan is, by turns, a retailer who never sleeps, a walking library of children's literature, and a freelance editor who makes strong folk cry at regular intervals. She serves as General Partner for Mike's Comics [], a mail order and Internet company in its 31st year of operation, which carries comic books, science fiction and fantasy books and collectibles, roleplaying game supplies, fantasy greeting cards, and much, much more. She has been active in bookselling since 1987 and is a member of The New England Children's Bookselling Advisory Council. Her most current literary project involves editorial work on THE EDGECLIFF STORYBOOK; an excerpt can be found at Please feel free to comment, or to e-mail me.
    Patty Cryan

    Well, you’ll get a review from me when I finally get my little paws on a copy.

    I promise.

  6. He called you a smartass. I guess he doesn’t appreciate irony and attitude mixed together.

    But that’s what a smartass is.

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