Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here’s what else you will learn:

  • How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
  • What “good” writing is (and isn’t)
  • How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
  • What it takes to build a platform
  • Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
  • Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
  • Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
  • The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It’s about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.

And it all begins with you.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Writing

  • You ARE a Writer: Claiming the Title
  • Writers Write
  • The Myth of Good
  • It Gets Tough

Part 2: Getting Read

  • Three Tools Every Writer Needs
  • You Need a Platform
  • Your Brand is You
  • Channels of Connection

Part 3: Taking Action

  • Getting Started
  • Before Your First Book
  • When the Pitching Ends

What Next?

What others are saying

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares the truth about writing. He provides the tools and insights you need to build your platform, develop an audience, and make meaningful connections. No writer should embark on his or her writing journey without reading this first!

– Michael Hyatt | Author, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Writers! Read this by Jeff Goins. Seriously. Go.

– Carrie Wilkerson | Author, The Barefoot Executive

Start acting like a writer

Pick up your copy of You Are a Writer at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle format today.