First of all, this is nothing against Elmore Leonard. Mr. Leonard is one of my favorite writers of all time, the master of writing dialogue. He lives up to the tips he offers in this book and has proven himself a dedicated writer who takes the craft very seriously. It is because of Mr. Leonard that this book is receiving 2 stars instead of 1. Nor do I mean any disrespect toward Joe Ciardiello and his clever illustrations.
My problem is yet again with another publisher’s choice to slap a high price tag on a product simply because of the name on the cover. Oh, sure, they could go on about the quality of the book (hard, velvety cover, leather binding, and card-stock pages) but we all know that is not the issue. Because the cover says “Elmore Leonard” we can justify charging $17 for a book that takes a mere 20 minutes to read.
If you are a collector of Elmore Leonard books, this could be an excellent gift for yourself or someone else who is a fan.
But if you’re a writer, seeking advice from a master of the craft, you can read and/or print the article for free here: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/w…
You would be better off printing and laminating the article as opposed to shelling out $17 for 20 minutes worth of useful writing advice. You could also check the book out at the library (as I did) to save some money. Libraries need more support anyway. The e-book edition may also be more affordable.
As writing advice, Leonard’s words are golden. As a book, overpriced and not worth the extra money.