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Secrets of Successful Writers [Kindle Edition]

Darrell Pitt
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Book Description

Interviews with forty-nine writers as they speak about writing, publishing and promoting their books in the digital age.
The interviews include John Locke, Gordon Ferris, Stephen Carpenter, Dakota Banks, Linda Wisdom, Matthew Reilly, Loucinda McGary, David Lender, JR Rain, Jack Dann, Dale Brown, Stephanie McAfee, Andy Briggs, Kat Martin and many, many more.
Some of the writers are traditional authors. Others have built careers as self-published ebook authors.
All their stories are inspirational, including:
John Locke, the first self published ebook author to sell a million copies of his novels.
Micaela Wendell who was thirteen when she wrote the first draft of her book The Branding.
Dolores Durando who wrote and published her first book when she turned ninety.
And the amazing Robert J Randisi who has written over five hundred novels.
All of them share tips and advice garnered from the front line as they have successfully become writers in the digital age.

Product Details

  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smashwords (March 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HQ272E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,143 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Iola
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Secrets of Successful Writers contains transcribed interviews with fifty authors, both traditionally published and self-published (or both). It is not made clear whether the interviews were conducted face to face or via email (I suspect the latter). Little of the information is new and a lot of it is either predictably similar (e.g. everyone has a blog and a website) or predictably contradictory (e.g. plotters vs. pantsters).

Of the fifty authors interviewed, I've actually only heard of two (John Locke and John Marsden), although that is probably not suprising as most of the authors tend to be indies, writing in genres I don't read, or both. While some of the authors state their books have been in the Kindle Top 10, those same books are currently lurking closer to 200,000. Perhaps they meant the UK Top10? Either way, it can't be denied that making the Top 10, whether on Amazon UK or US, no matter how briefly, is a huge achievement.

In looking at the product page, I noticed that '3 Kindle users' have highlighted this quote from author Michael Prescott:

"promote your book using Amazon's discussion boards, which can be accessed toward the bottom of any Kindle book's sales page..."

Don't. Even. Think. About. It.

This is outdated information. Since May 2011, have ONLY permitted authors to promote their work in the Meet Our Authors discussion board, not in the general discussion forums (e.g. Kindle, Kindle Book, Romance). Authors who do mention their book/s outside MOA are reported and their posts deleted (especially those who follow Michael's advice and post five self-promoting comments each day).

New authors need to know this, to save them the flame wars that erupt when they are discovered self-promoting or spamming.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational June 19, 2012
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I didn't really read this book looking for tips on how to publish, but mainly for inspiration. I just like to read about how other authors spend their days, how many pages they do per day, etc.

There are a lot of typos in this book. The interviews are very short, with the exception of one very long interview with Dakota Banks in the middle of the book. She just goes on and on, about a variety of things, in particular about what she remembers about growing up in a funeral home, which may or may not have had something to do with influencing her writing. I don't know, because I glossed over that too-long part, since the little I did read didn't seem to have anything at all to do with writing. That interview just really stood out, only because it was about five times longer, and five times more boring, than all the others. Most of the interviews are so short they leave you wanting more, but the aforementioned Dakota Banks interview was so long it left me wanting far less. No offense to Ms. Banks.

But it's a good book, and I would recommend that any writer read it. It's not really a how-to guide, so don't expect instructions on how to write or publish.

Very interesting and inspirational interviews.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I do not usually buy anything for free. I think there is nothing free in this world. But despite the other review (3 stars) I wanted to give it a try.
Darrell Pitt is another author who is using the opportunity provided by Amazon for authors unknown or at the beginning of their career as writers.
This book not collects his own experience. It is the experience of several authors who are in the Amazon bestsellers.
For me the most interesting part was not the question of "how to write", because each author has a different formula.
What I find really valuable in this book is the answers to two important questions:"What advice would you give to someone about to self publish their first ebook?" and "What do you think are the best ways for writers to market themselves?".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too repetitious November 5, 2012
By Q1A
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It was a quick read because the repetitive questions and answers did little to give clues as to the so-called secrets of success. Some themes became apparent as writers held the same or similar opinions on some subjects. The value for me came when I could glean certain web sites and strategies used in marketing. However, it was somewhat disheartening to see that even successful writers have to give their works away for free or little money in order to qualify as "successful" in terms of Kindle rankings. It's a marketing strategy they all seem to be following, but it puts downward pressure on the prices EVERYONE has to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As an avid reader with the dream of becoming a successful writer I frequently find books written, or compiled by other writers provide the motivation and inspiration to continue in the process of perseverance in my personal writing. I especially enjoyed Darrell Pitt's "Secrets of Successful Writers."

Darrell has compiled results from his interviews with 50 individual successful authors. The proven tips and techniques featured are the results of a variation of questions asked in these interviews; authors responded to questions on topics including:

* Their typical day of writing
* Best way for authors to promote themselves
* The future of hard copy books with the growing trend of e-book publication
* Advice for someone trying to make it as an author
* Plotting stories/Character led writing
* Producing a Series
* Pricing e-books to sell
* And dozens of others

I have accumulated two full shelves of select titles on a number of topics on writing, including other compilations. Darrell's book "Secrets of Successful Writers" is one I will go back to time after time for reminders of these key tips, additional motivation, and inspiration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips for writers.
Love the interviews from other authors. As a new author I learned new writing, publishing, and marketing tips from the pros. Great read.
Published 5 days ago by Leona Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
A few years old- would love to see an updated version or just another one.
Love it though. Great perspectives on so many different authors from how they write to how they... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Plume33
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a waste of time
Not a serious book on writing. Pretty much a waste of time.
Published 26 days ago by bix
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Insights From Those Who've Made It
The interviews reveal many v as valuable tidbits for any aspiring writer of e-books especially.Little known hArd to find tips to not only write your book but how to market. Read more
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I loved this book on writer secrets. I want to be an author on the side when I get older and being a full-time author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tiffanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the nervous less intimidated to tackle becoming an author
I'm a self-published author. But lets rewind real quick. Before I published my first book, I was terrified at the very thought of writing a book. It sounded hard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but experienced writers won't learn much.
This book is what you might call "different". It's not so much an instruction manual, it's the "secrets" of successful writers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Fritts
4.0 out of 5 stars I've always enjoyed reading how writers get it done
I've always enjoyed reading how writers get it done. Most of these authors are not well known which is fine by me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Reuther
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More About the Author

I've wanted to be a writer ever since I had some positive feedback from a teacher in high school. Rather than becoming the next Stephen King I became a husband and a father instead and I'm fortunate to have such a wonderful family.

I recently signed an 8 book publishing deal with Text Publishing. This will see most of my self-published works released in bookstores everywhere.

My other interests include Star Trek, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games books and chocolate. Always chocolate.

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