Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Amazon KDP
Date of Publication: September 1, 2018
Pages: 19

Whether you are young or old, The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can offer those who dream of finding the right path in the world of writing and publishing. Sunayna Prasad shares her experience as a young author and discusses what went well for her and what she suggests to those who long for success.

Talking about her life as a published writer, Sunayna Prasad teaches you the rules of the writing craft and the standards of the publishing world, as well as additional tips and tricks. The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can help you choose your own writing and publishing paths.

Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars 
The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad is a short booklet divided into eight sections that offers her perspective and experiences in the writing and publishing industry. The booklet is less than 20 pages, therefore, my review will be quite succinct as to not give too much away. 

I certainly applaud anyone who takes on the seemingly daunting task of writing. It is, indeed, a labor of love. Seeing that the author of this piece has embarked on the writing and publishing journey at such a young age is brave and admirable. 

Having said that, there is still much room for Ms. Prasad to grow. In this booklet, I found many consistency and formatting issues that distracted from her overall message. As a whole, I think the booklet lacks focus. It is difficult for the reader to discern if the booklet is about writing, marketing, or the author herself (with its detailed autobiographical elements). Much of the information she provides is repetitive, and I found some of it irrelevant to writing and publishing. For example, she shares finite details about Google searches and social media platforms that is not necessarily germane to the narrow topic this short booklet offers in its synopsis.

Prasad did offer some valuable nuggets of truth in her booklet. In section 3, she stated: 
Writing is a life-long process. There is no level of "perfect" writing. 
Even the greatest authors' stories do not appeal to everyone. 
However, with some of her advice I tend to disagree. She downplays the notion that great writers need to also be great readers. I think this is absolutely necessary. Prasad also writes that she hardly ever reads for fun. If ever I got the chance to meet her, I would implore her to entertain the idea of reading more for leisure to help improve her writing skills. 

RecommendationThis little booklet is a nice attempt. The tone is conversational making it an easy read in one quick sitting. I do think we need to read all kinds of literature to help expand our minds - even if it's not top quality. I also think there's value in Ms. Prasad's perspective, and I appreciate her sharing it with me through the iRead Book Tour platform. 

Until next time ... Read on!

I received a free electronic copy of The Life and Lessons of a Young Author from iRead Book Tours. Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful. 

Sunayna Prasad has been writing since she was six. She continues to write fiction and non-fiction today and has even won a Pacific Book-Review award. She lives in New York, and when not writing, likes to create art and cook.

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