My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A basic guide, but all good I guess. More of a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing a novel in general, than anything specific about pulp fiction, which the author claims is the precursor to the modern practice of self-publishing. Which I don’t entirely accept. Pulp fiction writers still had to write to please an editor, who, if the work wasn’t up to scratch, would have rejected it. Not so with self-publishing, where the writer is the arbiter of what is, and what is not publishable.
I guess the thing that rankled a bit for me in this book, was the regular referencing of his other books, which if I wanted, I would go and buy, but given the all too frequent in-text advertising of them, I probably won’t now.
I’d have liked to have seen a little more about the pulp fiction method (is there such a thing?), rather than the need to simply churn out as much as possible because in the end, there will be something you can throw at a readership – quality or not, which is what the author pretty much advocates here.
Still, a useful reminder of some of the nuts-and-bolts of the author’s craft.