In chapter 8, Kawaski writes on the importance of editing. This immediately struck me as something I need to read, because, admittedly--I am often a poor editor of my own work. It took me until junior year of college to concede that I needed to give myself a day between finishing a draft and editing and reworking it. My beginning stages as a writer were marked (frustratingly) by trying to produce final draft product on the first draft. It seems obvious now, but no matter how good a writer a person is-- things will not come out publisher-ready the first time around.
This is Kleon's message. He writes, "Every time I turn in a 'final' copy of a book, I believe that it's perfect" (94). I'm guilty of this too.
Perhaps the first most important thing for someone trying to write a book is a large dose of humility.
I think Kleon's approach to copyediting is incredibly smart and resourceful, and just makes sense. He talks about crowdsourcing through social media as a means to find interested and capable editors for your manuscripts. SMS like Facebook and Google+ are huge resources for this kind of thing, but I had never recognized that until I read this chapter.