A Little Help For Your Friends At MW


As most of you already know, the book based on this blog, How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion, is now published and available. If you didn’t know that, shame on you; you’ve missed half my blog posts and all the interesting ones.

From the beginning, Magical Words has been helping writers improve their understanding of the craft and business of writing. Today I’m here to ask you for a little help.

Nobody is going to get rich off this book. Come on, think about it: one book’s profits split between seven writers? (Oo, oo, what if they make it into a movie…? Fine, but only if Brad Pitt plays the editor). But we would like to get it into as many hands as possible, and that’s what I’m here to ask for your help with. Or one small aspect of it, anyway.

If you’ve read the book, what we’d like for you to do is go write a review on Amazon.com. (I’ll make it easy for you: here’s a link to the page.) It doesn’t even have to be a great review. Truthfully, honest is best. If you think it’s a three-star book, say so. If you think it’s a two-star book, say so. If you really, truly, think it’s a five-star book you can say that, too.

The main thing we’re looking for is twenty honest reviews. Why twenty? Because that’s the magic trigger-point where Amazon starts listing our book in other places, too. You know that section, towards the bottom of the page, where it says, “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this item also bought:”? Those are all books that are somehow related (by author, theme, whatever), that have at least twenty reviews. That’s our goal.

And we’re asking for your help.

If you feel inspired, we appreciate it.

If not, well… let’s just say Jane Yellowrock knows where you live, and let your imagination fill in the rest. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha….

P.S. Reviews on Amazon.com are appreciated, but if you still haven’t bought the book yet, the best deal depends on a few factors. If you have the super-shipping-package Amazon sells AND you’re buying several books, then Amazon is the way to go. But if all you’re after is How To Write Magical Words, buying direct from the publisher is the most economical way to go. Bella Rosa Books is still offering the book for $18 flat, including shipping, which is cheaper than anybody else.



24 comments to A Little Help For Your Friends At MW

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  • I just got the book on Wednesday and I’m loving it. So I left a review. 🙂

  • Awesome. Thanks very much, Laura. “I’m loving it” is music to my ears.

  • mudepoz

    I shipped one off to the UK. I have one. I’m sending another to the workshop I drive crazy as a forgive me present. I’m sure there are other places I can send it to. I’ll attempt to get it reviewed.

  • Mudepoz – Driving workshops people crazy? But you’re so well behaved here… 😉

    We appreciate your work to spread the word. Many thanks.

  • I just ordered it, and I’ll read it and review it as soon as possible (which, admittedly, might be a while…). I’m looking forward to reading it!

  • Thanks, Emily. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectations.

  • Ordered my copy today. It should be here soon!

  • Unicorn

    Uh-oh, here comes Jane Yellowrock. I think she might not kill me, so long as she’s not Faith’s muse… I’m ordering the book as soon as I figure all the payment details and things out. (Rubs hands) I can’t wait to get started.

  • Sarah Naumann

    The MW How-to-book is the best how-to-book I’ve ever owned so far. It really is a Writer’s Companion!
    So I just left my review.

  • Kristine – I hope you enjoy it. I THINK you will, but there’s a chance I may be prejudiced.

    Unicorn – It’s possible that Faith’s hairy man-muse may be named Jane, but I dearly pray otherwise. The image she’s painted is disturbing enough as it is.

    Sarah – Multitudinous thanks! Now go write a best-selling novel and make us proud!

  • Sarah

    Done and done! I figure it’s the least I can do in return for all the good advice. (Yes, I bought the book too. I’m not that much of a cheapskate.)

  • And a wonderful review it is, too. Thanks so much.

  • Edmund, Brad Pitt is not nearly pretty enough for the role as editor. Just saying.

    And Unicorn, Jane Yellowrock and my muse in the same room is scary prospect. I think David might shudder.

  • Faith – How about if I lend him a dashiki? 😉

  • Mikaela

    I am ordering it as soon as I get noticification that my money transfer is complete 🙂

  • Sylvershadow

    I am so excited to have my book on it’s way! I hope it gets here soon and I will certainly leave a review on amazon!

  • Mikaela & Silver – Happy reading! You’re getting your books at the same time; you should form your own study group.

  • Ed,
    Anyways, I’ve just ordered my copy, plus former editor Philip Athan’s book, “Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’ll make HTWMW my next non-fiction so I can review it.

    Now I’m curious about how the Amazon widget works for ‘customers who bought this also bought…” Not that I’m into fixing things, just curious.

    What happens people buy a copy of HTWMW at the same time as, say, Patrick Rothfuss? Will it populate in the ‘Customers who bought The Wise Man’s Fear, also bought HTWMW?’


  • Thanks, Dave. I wish I could give you more information about how Amazon works, but although they are not quite a secretive as, say, Google, about how they work, they are not exactly forthcoming with information about what things mean and how they make certain decisions. Even the ’20 reviews’ “rule” upon which I based much of this post is a best guess by people who study the site and try to understand it.

  • I ordered the book before I left on vacation, and having just returned, I was thrilled to see it in my stacked up mail. I flipped through the pages, finding my one comment that was used, and proceeded to run around the house waving the book above my head yelling “I’m published, I’m published!” Hee hee.

    Anyway, as soon as I’m finished reading it I will definitely post a review. So far, it’s fabulous, clearly organized, easy to reference, and I imagine will be extremely useful for the revisions on my WIP and the next story I write.

    Thanks Magical Words!!

  • Rock on, Megan. If you think this is cool (being in the MW book), wait until you have your name on the cover of your own book. (Consider that motivation. ;-))

    Glad you’re enjoying the book; appreciation in advance for the review.

  • Young_Writer

    I might stand alone on this, but I’m more afraid of Faith’s muse than Jane Yellowrock… He scares me. 😉

  • jtrout

    Received the book, in spite of Dallas being snowed in all week. Classes were cancelled for four days, giving me essentially a six day weekend. What did I do? Read How to Write Magical Words cover to cover, of course! It was exactly the motivation I needed. So, tomorrow, after I guide my 4th graders though the harsh reality of Monday-after-an-unexpected-holiday, and after I write my Amazon review, it’s BIC, no excuses. Thank you all for an amazing book, which will take its place of honor next to Card’s Characters and Viewpoint on my bookshelf (when I’m not highlighting it, dog-earing it, and scribbling illegible but excited notes in its margins).