Anthems for Authors – Paperback Writer

Being an author can make for a lonely life. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a song that captures the epitome or irony of being a writer. Sometimes it’s just nice to hear words and know for a fact that you and the lyricist “get” – and non-writers probably don’t. It’s kind of like an inside joke or being in a club with someone awesome, like the Fab Four. Yes, I’m talking about Paperback Writer by The Beatles.

This song is full of sarcasm. It makes me smile. How does it make you feel?

Author: K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist and photographer, author of over 30 titles, and administrator (AKA Fearless Leader) of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is a staff photo-journalist for three newspapers and a freelance for two others. She currently teaches writing and self-publishing for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and has served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page

15 thoughts on “Anthems for Authors – Paperback Writer”

  1. I have never really listened to the words before now. Interesting, its almost like this song is a premonition to the business of writing books today–lets write a book and we’ll make millions. Lol.

  2. You are so right! I don’t know who was the inspiration for the song, but one of their friends had to have been an author in the bad-old-days of publisher / agent restriction. Not that it is perfect now with the Indy revolution, but your point of the trials of being a “Paperback Writer” is taken to my heart!

  3. Thanks for that, Kat, it brought back memories to make me smile, and you’re right about the way writers and non writers listen to that. I haven’t listened to The Beatles for ages, ‘inspirational!’ I’m going to play my Beatles collection as I write today.

  4. What a great song! Don’t you just love the snark? I bet those guys Lennon and McCartney would have fit right in here at IU, if the music gig hadn’t worked out for them… 😉

  5. I got back into the Beatles around the time I started writing to publish. I think I’ve listened to that song a billion times since then. It cracks me up. 🙂

  6. I’ve always liked that song, but my favorite now has to be ‘Rewrite’ by Paul Simon on ‘So Beautiful or So What’:

    ‘I’ve been working on my rewrite,
    that’s right
    I’m gonna change the ending
    Gonna throw away my title
    And toss it in the trash
    Every minute after midnight
    All the time I’m spending
    It’s just for working on my rewrite
    Gonna turn it into cash’

    If you haven’t heard this before, I highly recommend it!

        1. I think there are 4 others – if you search “Anthems for Authors” in the search window at the upper right, it should bring them all up. 🙂

  7. Dear sir or madam would read my ebook… 😀 As a query letter, seems legit. Especially with the closing line I need a job and I wanna be a ebook writer.

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