The book is published in June 2011 – there are therefore no actual reviews yet. However, a very few people have read it already and have given feedback.
Let me start with a wonderful response from the hugely successful writer, Joanne Harris:
“I’ve always generally mistrusted self-help books, especially those offering advice to would-be writers, a gullible lot at best, who should probably be saving their money. Nicola Morgan’s book is one of a very few exceptions. It offers excellent, practical, informed and unpatronizing advice to the published and the unpublished alike; exposes common fallacies; pokes fun at sacred cows; deflates pretensions; offers encouragement where deserved; admits to occasional “crabbitness”, but tells things as they really are in a world where success is increasingly hard to achieve. This is the tutor I wish I’d had when I was starting out: brisk, funny, just a little bit schoolmistressy, but an eminently sensible schoolmistress who knows her subject, doesn’t suffer fools and is not afraid to hand out detentions where necessary. In short, Nicola Morgan is made of crabbit – but she is also made of awesome.”
I am afraid I pretty much swooned at that.
Just as important, though, are the responses of the target readers, and here are the first ones:
Clare Donaldson: “Hugely practical and easily digestible. Like a bar of chocolate.”
Cassandra Marshall: “I think writers will read it and will both cry out in fear and with laughter, and in the process, learn why each of those responses is appropriate and necessary.”
Suzanne Jones: “I must apologise in advance as my feedback will be completely useless – I couldn’t find anything at all wrong with it”
For information about the book and an extract from it, see The Book.