“It surprises and satisfies,” declares the cover, and it turns out the cover is right. The New Writer’s Handbook: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, Volume 2 is well worth your time.
I was concerned that the short chapters and multiple authors would mean shallow content and a bumpy ride. Largely due to the skillful editing of Philip Martin, the whole thing holds together very well. More than 60 short articles on a variety of writing topics are carefully grouped and sequenced. They are practical, clear, varied, and economical.
I tried a quick skim, and I found myself reading it instead. I thought I’d be restless, and I found myself immersed. I figured it’d be same-old same-old, and I found good information, strong voices, and fresh perspectives throughout.
I should add that I contributed one of those short chapters, a look at Lewis and Tolkien as collaborative writers.
I like this book. I am proud to be part of this project.