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The Newbie's Guide to Publishing (Everything A Writer Needs To Know) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath , Jack Kilborn , Barry Eisler
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Are you a writer?

This book was written for you.

It doesn't matter if you're just getting your ears wet and learning your craft, or if you're a seasoned pro with an extensive backlist. The Newbie's Guide to Publishing contains all of the information you need to understand the writing business and maximize your sales and success.

There's over 370,000 words of writing advice, tips, tricks, and observations. That's more than 1100 pages. It's the biggest book on writing and publishing ever put together, featuring hundreds of essays on the following topics:

WRITING - More than forty essays, covering everything you need to know to craft fiction.

BREAKING IN - Over forty essays on how to find an agent and sell your writing.

PUBLISHING - More than twenty essays about the publishing business, and how it works.

PROMOTION - Over fifty essays on marketing, advertising, and self-promotion.

TOURING - Extensive, in-depth details on how to do book tours and signings.

INTERNET - Dozens of essays on how writers can effectively use the world wide web.

EBOOKS - Speculation and real-life examples of digital publishing, the Kindle, print on demand, and self-publishing.

MOTIVATION - Over fifty essays guaranteed to enlighten and inspire your writing efforts.

Plus many, many more.

It also includes a foreword and several bonus essays by bestselling author Barry Eisler.

About the Author

J.A. Konrath has written dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories. His work has been published in over a dozen countries, and there are millions of copies of his fiction in print.

His blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, has been named one of Writer's Digest Magazine's Best Web Sites.

In a 12 month period, he sold over 35,000 self-published ebooks on Amazon Kindle.

He's been featured in Writer's Digest, Forbes, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Book Page, Entertainment Weekly, and The Huffington Post.

Konrath is known as the hardest working author in the business, having toured more than 1200 bookstores. He's done successful blog tours, sent over 7000 letters to libraries, and has been flown all across the country to speak on the topics of publishing, marketing, ebooks, and self-promotion.

Under the pen name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas. The Jack Daniels thriller series has houndreds of thousands of books in print around the world. The latest is Shaken, published by AmazonEncore.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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You might be wondering if all these five star reviews were written by friends of J.A. Konrath. I don't know, but it wouldn't matter even if they were, because this really is a priceless collection of advice for anyone who wants to have a successful career as a writer. I attended a writing seminar earlier this year for around $600 (not including travel, hotel, etc.), and without exaggeration, the information in this $3 ebook is worth at least as much as what I got out of that wonderful, and extremely helpful, three-day event.

Like many, I found J.A. through his incredible blog. Since then, my sincere respect for him has grown steadily into the stratosphere. Not only is he very generous with what he shares, not only does he work as hard as anyone in publishing, not only is he smart as hell, and not only is he flat-out hilarious, but as I've also come to find after reading this very work, he has more than a little invaluable wisdom to offer, as well. He is a remarkable individual, and being able to download his collected experience as a writer for such a cheap price is just amazing.

There are a few downsides to this work, and they're very insignificant on the whole. One, this ebook is a collection of his blog posts, so you can get this information for free on his blog. However, you would be *insane* to spend the time it would take to go back over the 370,000 words he's written on his enormous blog since 2005. This ebook has a table of contents that allows you to find what you want, click on it, and go right there (blogs are much harder to navigate). For $2.99, it's a steal to have all of this information so well formatted and collected. The other downside IMO is that occasionally (though not very often) you'll find some older material that J.A. has since changed his mind about.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs proofreading and editing! April 27, 2011
By Evie
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It seems ironic that one of the main complaints about self-published books is their lack of editing and proofreading... and here's a how-to guide that's full of grammatical and even spelling mistakes! I can't believe this author didn't even run their text through a spell-checker! It seems like all they did was copy and paste their blog posts without taking any time to edit or format.

Although the posts have been put into a kind of sequence, more needs to be added to make the book 'flow' - I can't see any point in buying this, you may as well just read the blog.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Holy Typos Batman! March 7, 2011
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Seriously dude! Spell-check is your friend. As is a cursory proofread for misplaced quotes and outdated references. There is good stuff here, but I'm having trouble taking it seriously due to the many many errors. You know the person who corrects ads and points out errors in signs? That is not me. I happily miss most mistakes. If I'm noticing them, you have a problem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Authors July 12, 2010
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J.A. Konrath's blog has been a popular must-read for authors for a long time, and now he's consolidated his posts into one book, a reference every author should have, especially if you're new to marketing your books. He shares his expertise on publishing, self-publishing, Kindle sales, book signings, online tours, blogging and so much more.

Considering this author is earning more with his ebooks than many traditionally published authors with big publishers, his advice is worth listening to and following. Though most of what you'll read in The Newbie's Guide to Publishing isn't new (if you've been in the marketing biz for a bit), you could spend months searching for this same info online.

My only constructive criticism of this book is that it could have been better organized; there is a fair amount of repetition. And it could have used a decent editor. But if you can overlook these issues, the book has great value as a marketing tool. Along with Steve Weber's Plug Your Book! Online Book Marketing for Authors, Book Publicity through Social Networking, The Newbie's Guide to Publishing should be on every writer's bookshelf.

I find it helpful to have this book on hand for reviewing marketing techniques and reminding myself of what's important to me as an author and promoter of my works. As a book marketing coach, I recommend this book to my clients.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
bestselling suspense author & book marketing coach
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. June 20, 2013
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Not for me. When I think, J.A. Konrath, I think of an author who has successfully gone Indie. So I was hoping for some insightful information and practical advice for an Indie author. Instead, I came up short, which is rather spectacular since this is about 370,000 words!!! This is a compilation of blog posts and it is seriously outdated. Has the publishing world changed so quickly? I guess it has. I mean he has several chapters about MYSPACE!! Much of this is geared toward an author who already has a publishing deal or an agent and the rest would have been helpful 5 years ago. So for an Indie like myself, this was a waste of time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good content BUT*** January 11, 2012
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The content of this eBook is very informative. The content is great, sometimes being repetitive. I have read 300 or so pages and have learned a great deal, however, the author goes on and on in several chapters about not making typos and mistakes.
There are numerous types and mistakes, and in the chapter on imitating he references Janet Evanovich and misspells her name, (Jaenet) I noted a lot of typos and thought that well, this guy is an awesome lucky guy, but he did not take his own advice and proof read as well as stick to his rule that there are no exceptions to typos and errors. Mr. Konrath states several times about treating writing like a business and certain things are just not acceptable. He mentions this several times (about the typos), that it why I am put off by his typos. The book has good content. Great Content.

Mr. Konrath's tone is pleasant and sometimes smug, which is expected for a writer. I have read 5 of the Jack Daniels Books and Serial uncut. I have another few books by him, Crouch, Laymon, Collins and King on my Kindle waiting for a day off to burn reading.

I like his stories, his writing style and his ballsy attitude.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable
Chock full of good writing tips! Very glad I bought it. A 5 star except it has a lot of typos...
Published 2 days ago by Patrick Michael Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Superb tips, as always from the wonderfully helpful and general Mr. Konrath!
Published 8 months ago by Joanne Clancy
3.0 out of 5 stars Um, full of typos
So, this guy talks about how he judges for a writer's contest and how he discards books with typos. Yet, his own writing book is full of them! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peach
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Insights, But Dated Material
Konrath is something of an institution to writers, especially the self-published. He has given away many good ideas and honest insights in his blog, which any aspiring writer would... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jack Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in its class
Step by step guide. Not just a teaching manual but an insight into writing
Published 10 months ago by Kenneth Fearnley
3.0 out of 5 stars Publishing.
I purchased this book by mistake. I write only emails and letters. I am not interested in publishing any of my writings.
Published 15 months ago by Kirti
5.0 out of 5 stars Best advice to new writers
I loved this guide. I own it on my Kindle,and I picked up a hard copy also.
Fun no bs advice. J.A. Konrath helped me a lot and I really appreciated this book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. Flemish
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INFO
A warehouse of useful information for the aspiring self-publisher. Would be a bargain at four times the price. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eric John Kurt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go To book on the ups and downs of being a writer.
A good deal of the first part of this book deals with traditional publishing. This is understandable given that this is actually a transcript of sorts of his blog beginning with... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carol L LeSueur
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
A wealth of information. A must read! One of only two books I would recommend for anyone wanting to publish a book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Christine G.
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More About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the science fiction Timecaster series.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.

He has sold over a million ebooks

You can visit him at


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