I saw this book on the shelf and just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I picked it up, almost took it to the register without cracking it open, and for some reason, thought better of it. It was a nice little hardcover, but a bit on the light side. Better to be safe than sorry.
It ended up going back to where it came from.
Disappointment might not be a strong enough word.
Don't get me wrong. The advice offered by Mr. Leonard is rather generic, but good. If I hadn't already read a million How-To books it might have been helpful. But after Story, On Writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit and a few other gems, it just felt like it wasn't enough to justify the $14.95 price tag. Seriously, I could post the entire content on this site and it would just seem like an overly long post.
However, if you get the chance, read the darn thing. Like I said, it's helpful, almost like quick reminders instead of a long lecture. Certainly concise. And Joe Ciardiello's illustrations are very good.
But not good enough. To this day I wouldn't own a copy if I hadn't found it in the Dollar Tree. That's right, a dollar store. It nearly broke my heart to see his work beside copies of unreadable crap, and I ended up purchasing both copies on the shelf. They just didn't deserve to be there.
I'm only adding this because I've been asked a few times, but yeah, I always accept review/preview copies. Who turns down free stuff? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my mailing address. And thanks.
Dan Fleming is the writer/co-creator of Warrior Twenty-Seven, the independant comics anthology. He's been known to bury his nose in books since the earliest of ages, and has been busy writing a crime novel for a few moons. His comic work can be viewed at www.warrior27.thecomicseries.com. He is also one half of the podcasting duo, The Potato League Podcast, which can be found on Podbean. He can be contacted at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org