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The Author's Guide to Publishing Success (Previously: The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Nexgate Press (February 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D0HTFE
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Bent toward writing ghostly tales, Jeff Bennington is best known for his Amazon Top-100 (#55) Supernatural Thriller, REUNION, and his well-reviewed follow ups TWISTED VENGEANCE, THE SECRET IN DEFIANCE and the unique and category bestselling series, CREEPY 1, 2, and 3. He also dabbles in non-fiction, having penned MISSION UNDER FIRE, ALIEN, and a few how-to's and consumer guides.

Jeff is currently working on a huge undertaking, and a series he calls his best work yet--FEDERAL UNDERGROUND. Watch for it in 2015-2016.

Jeff recently released his 3-year project, ALIEN: Examining Jesus Christ in a UFO Universe. The book investigates where Jesus of Nazareth & angels fit if life exists on other planets. The answer may surprise you. The answer may change you.

1. ALIEN is NOW available in eBook, print, and audio.
1. MISSION UNDER FIRE is available in print, eBook, and audio!
2. THE SECRET IN DEFIANCE and all of Jeff's titles are available in audio!

Jeff's short story, Suka: The White Wolf, was purchased by The Horror Zine and is NOW available in SHADOW MASTERS (An anthology from The Horror Zine) Book 2, a collection of 38 amazing short stories by the best horror writers in the business. This short story will be available as a stand-alone short story soon.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @TweetTheBook and find amazing reads and Kindle giveaways at The Kindle Book Review dot Net. If you enjoyed any of his works, please write a review and then look Jeff up online. He'd love to hear from you!

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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By CharlotteSimmons on June 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interestingly, the author makes an unusual distinction between self- and indie publishing. To me, self-publishing is the act of publishing a book yourself, where the author foots all the costs. Indie publishing is when an author publishes a book through an independent (i.e. not owned by a huge international company) publishing company. Indie publishing is essentially the same thing as publishing with a Big Six publishing company, but on a smaller scale.

Not so in this book;

An indie author, in my opinion, is in complete control of their publishing project, including cover design, pricing, editing, formatting, and ownership of the ISBN. As an indie author, you report to no one but your readers.

A self-publisher, as I see it, is one who contracts a pay-to-publish business such as Tate Publishing, Outskirts Press, Author House or any other service that charges to publish an author's book. I include 50/50 publishers as well because they require the author to pay a portion of the production expenses.

Now, the misuse of terms like self-publishing and indie publishing is one of my pet peeves. Personally, I think indie-publishing is being misused here, perhaps deliberately, in an attempt to distance the writer from the many preconceived notions that abound about self-publishing. Not all self-publishers pay to be published. I don't know about marketwide figures, but the self-published writers I know personally, and those I have reviewed, have all footed the entire cost of publishing, and remain the owners of the rights to their work, and the ISBN.

Now that I'm done with my little rant about terminology, on with the actual review.

There is no practical advice re: editing, formatting etc.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus MacGowan on February 26, 2012
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I've read plenty of how-to Indie author books. Some great, some not so much. Jeff stuffs his with such valuable information; I'm not sure where to start. Even with all this information, the part that really hit me was the motivation and encouragement. His upbeat personality shines through in his writing. He's motivational without sounding preachy, and gives the aspiring author a realistic view of the current Indie field.

To give you an idea of what The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe entails, here are just a few subjects covered.

1. Life as an author.
2. When, where, and how to promote.
3. An in-depth view of the KDP Select program offered by Amazon.
4. What it takes to be successful as an Indie author.
5. Why your book might not be selling and what you can do about it.

Jeff Bennington gives the reader a refreshing and accurate view of the Indie field in The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe.

Thanks for the ARC, Jeff. Truly appreciated.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 17, 2012
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I highly recommend Jeff Bennington's book to every indie author, no matter where each author is on the scale of knowledge concerning marketing a self-published book online. While I know a great deal, I did not yet know many of the invaluable recommendations in Jeff's book, especially about planning for free promotions on Kindle Select.

I also realized, thanks to Jeff's excellent advice, how I have been under-utilizing the product description on Amazon for each of my books. This information is so incredibly worthwhile and must be read!

If you are an indie author, do yourself the biggest favor possible and get -- and READ -- this book right now!
-- Phyllis Zimbler Miller, author of the thriller CIA FALL GUY
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A reader's best friend on September 20, 2012
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I refer to this book constantly (I'm using it now to promote Mad About Undead You). Especially interesting is Jeff's well-researched method for exactly how much to price your ebook, when to move the price up or down, and why. I also appreciated his use of quotes from the likes of the great Joanna Penn. But mostly, what I liked about this book was Jeff's encouraging attitude and "you can do it, too" approach. Indie writers have so much to do to launch and sell books that it can seem overwhelming at times (most of the time?). Jeff is like a good friend guiding you up the mountain, one step at a time. I highly recommend this book, and that you seek Jeff's advice and tips out on the Web (he is on a number of websites offering links, advice, tips, and more).

- Well written
- Real world examples
- Applicable strategies
- Positive message

- A couple of the anecdotes are "m'eh" IMHO
- Inclusion of sample chapter from his Twisted Vengeance novel might seem self-serving
- A bit of self-marketing here and there

I'll post an update here in a few weeks and let you know how things are going per Jeff's advice.

****UPDATE OCT. 4**** Okay, just ran a KDP Select promo (which means the Kindle eBook was free for, in my case, three days) and promoted via free Kindle book websites, including Jeff's. My verdict? The KDP select promotion as Jeff advices, works. I had hundreds of downloads for an unknown author's unknown book. This is just step one, of course. But I just wanted to drop by and let folks know that so far, Jeff B's advice is solid. Funny enough, I was "competing" with a compilation at the same time, one which featured stories by Jeff Bennington. :D
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