Aventine Press xxISBN: 1-59330-528-1 xxx$12.50

If you think being a pirate is tough, try being a writer.

At the end of 2005, I had the pleasure of conducting a work
session on writing humor at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
in Buffalo. This endeavor got me started on this book, which
is my journey as a writer, with all the joys, disappointments,
experiences and hemorrhoids brought on through dealings
with agents, book stores, publishers and marketers. Written
to enlighten authors and aspiring writers with insight into
the publishing business, it is also meant to give them and
everyone else a few laughs.

Writer Bob Tells It Like It Is, August 10, 2008
Bob is always fun. He has a way with words. He has a way with stories,
especially stories full of personal anecdotes and offbeat happenings.

But there is nothing more fun than reading a writer trying to explain
how the hell the universe of writing and publishing actually works. It
is like trying to grasp string theory with quantum chopsticks.

This memoir relating the arduous adventure of thoughts on their way
to the bookshelf is a must read for all Swiatek fans. You'll laugh, sure,
but mainly you'll come away with a huge appreciation of just how
much work goes in to making those pithy comments.

I know being a pirate would have been a lot easier, but
writing is where the real adventures are.
Thomas Fortenberry, Charlotte, NC

x For would be writers, May 3, 2008
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)

A different kind of thief that isn't heard about too often - the ones in the book
business. "I Don't Want to be a Pirate - Writer, maybe" is Author Robert S.
Swiatek's account of his adventures with a certainly treacherous industry of
books. Covering all the joys, disappointments and hemorrhoids that he as a
writer has had to deal with during his career, while stillkeeping a positive and
upbeat demeanor about it all and encouraging aspiring writers not to give up
and keep up their efforts. "I Don't Want to be a Pirate - Writer, maybe" is
highly recommended for would be writers and a must have for community
collections catering to them.