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

Jeff Bennington
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Book Description

“Jeff Bennington has an understanding of the e-book business that truly impresses me. I’ve taken his advice and it has made a huge difference in my career as an author. I highly recommend this book.” ~ Al Boudreau, author of In Memory of Greed

"The Indies Author's Guide has made a huge impact on my sales. I've only just started incorporating what I've learned and in three days have tripled my sales." ~ Robbi Bryant, author of The Beautiful Evil

"If you are preparing to self-publish, and even if you've already done so, you need this book! Finally, a guide that covers it all... every aspect of book creation from humble beginning to publishing success! This guide is my "go to" writer's bible! High praise to Jeff Bennington for creating a writer's gold mine of information and advice." ~ Deborah Hughes, author of Be Still, My Love

From the Author of Reunion, a #1 Amazon best-selling ghost story.
Reader Voted Breakout Author of 2011 ~ Goodreads

The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe is meant to help any author, whether they are traditionally published or self-published, to take one step further in their journey. This book is designed to encourage and inspire authors in their craft, and give creative ideas that can improve sales and grow your author platform.

If you bought a book about self-publishing 6 months ago, it is ancient history.

The Guide Includes Helpful Information Like:
~Encouraging Stories
~How to Build a Blog Tour
~Your Role as Marketer
~Marketing Strategies
~Your Role as Publisher
~Author Blogging
~The Ultimate Book Promotion
~Understanding "Floatation Pricing"
~How to Build an Author Platform
~Selling and Price-point Strategies
~Strategies for Navigating Amazon's KDP Select Program
~Understanding the Indie Author Movement
~Helpful links
~Tips From Best-selling Indie Authors Like Scott Nicholson, Bob Mayer, Joanna Penn, Blake Crouch, Robert Bidinotto, Richard Bard, Amber Scott, Melissa Foster, Saffina Desforges and many more!

"If I only had one resource to effectively promote, market, and sell my novels, it would be the Indie Author's Guide. It is definitely the roadmap to success with each step of the way carefully marked and easy for anyone to follow." ~ Caleb Pirtle III, author and publisher from Venture Galleries

Jeff is the Author of Reunion, Twisted Vengeance, and Creepy: A collection of scary stories. He Blogs at The Writing Bomb and is the founder of The Kindle Book Review. Jeff is also an author consultant and has helped other writers hit the Amazon Top 100.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @TweetTheBook, and Facebook. Check out his Author Services Page at The Writing Bomb and The Kindle Book Review.

Product Details

  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Nexgate Press (February 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D0HTFE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Don't waste time or money on this. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and accurate view of the Indie field February 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for All Indie Authors June 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips, but more than anything ENCOURAGEMENT! September 20, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis of How the Publishing Industry Works
I was trying to get my books published when Mr. Bennington was out doing his paper route (coincidentally, I delivered the same paper in almost the same area when Mr. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Angel Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Too soon to tell all
I haven't read it all yet because I am too busy implementing the suggestions in the part I have read! Yes, so far it has been really helpful. I look forward to reading the rest.
Published 17 months ago by Caroline Lockstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect place to start!
I've been wanting to get into indie publishing but don't know where to start.
I love this book and have since bought another by Jeff Bennington. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jayme
5.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatism with a dash of hope
This is the second indie publishing guide I've read, and while the first one has good advice it doesn't reinforce the courage it takes to release your work into the new and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by JD O'Guinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything it said it would be
Funny, I wanted to write a book on trials and tribulations of being an indie author. Jeff beat me to it and thank God he did. He did a wonderful job on this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Suspense and Thriller Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of Five stars!
Before starting this review, I want to say I realize this is not my usual type of book to review. My usual books are Fiction novels or short stories, but I felt the need to review... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michael Loring
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute necessity for kindle authors.
The Internet marketing world is changing at an incredibly fast rate. What worked to sell books a few months ago suddenly doesn't work anymore. Read more
Published on April 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
This book offered solid, helpful advice to this two book beginning indie author. Lots of sage tips and ideas! Thanks.
Published on April 27, 2013 by Dr. PatMannelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
This book is full of useful info for indie authors- websites that are really helpful- i hadnt a clue about any of this- but found the book very helpful- he writes almost like he is... Read more
Published on April 26, 2013 by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars An Informative Read
I don't normally review non-fiction but I found this so powerful, I had to share it. This book is broken down into 4 sections. Read more
Published on February 20, 2013 by Gina Kelly
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More About the Author

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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