Sympathetic yet bracing advice for authors from a fellow writer.



A successful indie author and book marketing consultant outlines how writers can be resilient after rejections in this self-help guide.

Accept rejection and then transcend it. That’s the running theme in this work by Alvear (Blow Yourself Away, 2016, etc.), who shares his insights about the “mental toughness” that has allowed him to survive—indeed thrive (he says he makes six figures annually)—in book publishing as compared with many other authors. He allows for a “48-hour sulking period” because it’s important not to deny the pain of a rejection but stresses that brooding should be short-lived. He emphasizes that publishers somewhat randomly reward and rebuff authors (pointing out some notable mistakes, such as snubbing J.K. Rowling) and that the anxiety after rejection stems from a primitive brain trigger of feeling kicked out of the tribe. He recommends quickly connecting to one’s particular clan (family, supportive friends) to counter this hard-wiring and then engaging in the “1-2-3 Combo” of distraction by doing something pleasurable; staying silent about the rejection for two weeks; and distancing oneself from the situation, viewing it as an observer. This depersonalization technique should help an author transition to positive action, such as attending a writers’ workshop, instead of just wallowing in self-pity. The volume also covers challenges beyond submission rejections, particularly negative reviews, noting their upsides, including that readers can be intrigued enough by these to buy the book. In his new advice guide, Alvear is a voice of commiserating authority, revealing his own struggles (his agent couldn’t sell his manuscripts after the economic downturn, for example) while providing helpful psychological strategies to handle setbacks and the black holes of rumination and self-blame. While writers may not like hearing that rejections will keep coming and friends, not they, may capture “white rhino success,” Alvear provides an inspiring, empowering message. His final exhortation remains particularly uplifting: “Be true to your nature as a creative being: Create without regard to the results.”

Sympathetic yet bracing advice for authors from a fellow writer.

Pub Date: Dec. 16, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9977724-4-9

Page Count: 202

Publisher: Woodpecker Media

Review Posted Online: Dec. 28, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2017

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Proves without a doubt that even masters of the universe sometimes lose their heads, and then their shirts.



Knowing inside account of the major media conglomerates’ efforts to embrace and profit from the ’90s boom.

As the New York Post’s first computer/Internet columnist, Motavalli had a ringside seat while Disney, Time Warner, News Corp., and others tripped over themselves to get on board the emerging Internet phenomenon. With little certainty about what the successful and manageable applications of the World Wide Web would be, media corporations and their leaders nonetheless rushed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars so as not to get left behind. They helped create the bubble of inflated salaries and unlimited expectations that burst so mercilessly in 2000–01. Motavalli, who admits being swept up like everyone else in the initial euphoria, narrates with an intimate feel for the year-by-year developments: the promises and glorious optimism of a dawning technological age, the maneuvering moguls and CEOs, the media executives who doubled their income by switching to the start-ups, and the chilling reality bath that awaited all. AOL’s Steve Case, Time Warner’s Bob Pittman and Gerald Levin, John F. Kennedy Jr. of George, Time magazine’s Walter Isaacson, and iVillage’s Candace Carpenter are among the many prime movers whose trajectories are analyzed here. Some big winners emerge (AOL, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo), but more common is the fate of one Internet-related stock that fell from $150 to just $3 per share. Motavalli sees this not solely as a tale of greed and ambition run wild, but a telling parable of the herd mentality; when it appears the wheel has been reinvented, everyone wants to go along for the ride, even though the ultimate destination is unknown. Well-researched and dense with names, dates, meetings, and numbers, the author’s recollections may provide more information than most will be willing to download, but he convincingly captures the boardroom machinations of this extraordinary era.

Proves without a doubt that even masters of the universe sometimes lose their heads, and then their shirts.

Pub Date: Aug. 5, 2002

ISBN: 0-670-89980-1

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2002

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Soccer fans will appreciate these tales of life on the pitch.


Lincir’s debut, a slim collection of reminiscences in the form of personal essays and poems, relates his love affair with the world’s most popular sport.

Over 30 years, Lincir has played “thousands” of games of soccer. He’s watched and written about it religiously. For a short period, he even refereed. “Loving the game,” he writes, “is what it’s all about.” As in most romances, there were victories, losses and lessons in humility. Traumatized by his first booking (yellow card) as an 8-year-old footballer, which was the result of a mistake made by his coaching father, he was brought to tears at the dinner table when his younger sister, also a soccer player, asked if she might see the yellow card, unable to comprehend why Lincir wasn’t actually given one. At the age of 12, he scored the game-winning goal in a tough 2-1 match; problem was, he scored in his own goal, making the car ride home with his dad and teammate Sean especially unpleasant. In his freshman year of college play, Lincir tells of scoring the perfect Pele-like “bicycle kick goal,” only to have it taken away by the ref as “dangerous play.” When Lincir writes of his minor league soccer days, he describes it as a rough road of “long drives and low per diems,” a lifestyle so cramped that getting his own room for a night felt like hitting it “big time.” Despite all of these humbling experiences, Lincir concludes that “not trying is the only disgrace.” Slight but endearingly told, the tales are jargon-rich, with references to getting “nut-megged” and the “flip-throw.” The author’s honest heart is strong and his gentle sense of humor engaging, and an assortment of black-and-white photos help bring the stories to life. Lincir writes with the energy of a young striker at the start of a big match, although his poetry adds little to the assembled snippets. Additional inspirational essays might have been a better choice.

Soccer fans will appreciate these tales of life on the pitch.

Pub Date: June 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-0615466439

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Leftback Publishing LLC

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2013

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