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Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

“Being a writer is not just about typing. It’s also about surviving the roller-coaster of the creative journey.

Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer’s block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you’re going through these things, it can feel like you’re alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too.

This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey.

Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author.”

Book Review: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

What I thought:

Do you struggle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome? Of course you do. We all do, and don’t believe the writer who claims otherwise. It comes with the job description.

While knowing that probably doesn’t make it any easier, The Successful Author Mindset will show you that you’re not alone, that every author suffers from the same, and ways of helping yourself when your mind says you’re not good enough.

The truth is that nothing is ever perfect.

Even if you hire three separate editors and use ten different proofreaders, you will still get an email from a reader pointing out a typo or an error.

Go pick up any bestselling book from a traditional publisher and scour it for typos. You will find them.


But it also shows you a lot of other great things besides helping you cope mentally. Not sure how to build your tribe? Think you can’t write? Worried your idea has been done before? Want to know how to develop your unique author voice?

Friends, The Successful Author Mindset has you covered. I bought it for the self-doubt help, but I found so much more. It’s all around encouraging af.

I thought I had a pretty good grip on my voice, but this book showed me that there’s more to it and that it takes most writers several books before they really get into theirs. I’m excited to start the next WIP with this insight and really explore the kind of writer I am. It’s already made me a better writer and I haven’t done anything yet o.o

Ignore what you (or other people) think you should write, and look at your bookshelf. What do you love to read? What do you choose as a guilty pleasure? Be honest with yourself, even if you come from a literary background. What’s fun for you?

Then go write that.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s any reason not to have this on your shelf. I bought this for my kindle, but will add the paperback so I can come back to it easier. It’s a treasure. You get the sense that Penn has your back, that you’re not alone in this business, and that you can own it.

If you’re an author of any genre, this is a must.

Buy it on Amazon


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