“When you set the page on fire, your writing takes off. Your readers catch fire, too, and keep reading as long as you burn,” writes author Steve O’Keefe in the introduction to Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers. “This book will show you how to ignite a bonfire of writing and keep feeding it.”
“Once you set the page on fire, the right words erupt effortlessly, like fireworks,” O’Keefe continues, promising that “even grocery lists [will] start showing literary merit.”
O’Keefe interviewed 250 authors and industry professionals for the book, which is also drawn from O’Keefe’s own personal experience as an author, freelance writer, and content marketing director.
The book opens with a chapter on the “Top 10 Secrets of Successful Writers” (No. 10: “Writing is discovery, not capture: It’s something you kindle, not something you freeze.”) Other chapters include “Making Time to Write,” “The Four-Part Pitch,” and “Seeking Commercial Publication.” Littered throughout the book are hands-on exercises that illustrate the principles and suggestions outlined in each chapter.
Jeff Herman, literary agent and author of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, calls it “a very well-composed work about writing. I am happy to say that, based on its merits alone, Set the Page on Fire is a book that all writers should read and reread.”