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Self-Publishing Attack! The 5 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws for Creating Steady Income Publishing Your Own Books Kindle Edition

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James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, Writing Fiction For All Your'e Worth, Fiction Attack!, and The Art of War for Writers. An award winning thriller writer, he is the first writer to have a self-published work, One More Lie, nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award.

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  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Compendium Press (June 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone --

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Teddi Deppner on June 13, 2012
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I'm familiar with the self-publishing concept and have read a number of authors' take on the subject (John Locke, Bob Mayer, Joe Konrath, to name a few). I wondered what James Scott Bell would have to say about it.

In true Bell style, he took a subject that many find complicated and confusing and boiled it down to its essence. If you have heard of self-publishing, but have no idea what it really takes, this book will give you the overview you need without overwhelming you with too many details.

As for me, I'm pretty familiar with the subject. The reason I'm recommending this book (and the reason I'll happily pay for it again if it comes out in print just to have a hard copy) is because this book is a perfect, condensed "plan of attack" for self-publishing. I can look it over again and again in the coming months to remind myself of where I'm at in the process and what's next. Each section gives me topics to research, tactics to try, pointing me in the right direction if I need a little push or run out of ideas.

Oh, and one other bonus: Bell's writing is, as always, witty and engaging. His examples are irreverent and anything but dry. Even in his non-fiction, he shows you what he means instead of telling you. I've actually been in the classroom learning from James Scott Bell, and it's amazing -- he's even more engaging in person! If you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops or seminars, do it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ferguson on June 22, 2012
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In the past, I've discouraged many writers from taking the self-publishing route. The more I read, learn and investigate, the more I realize this is one of the best times to be a writer--BECAUSE of self-publishing and all the options available. The door is wide open. With James Scott Bell's guidance and encouragement, any writer can feel knowledgeable and certainly more confident in their attempt to self-publish. I may have been a wishy-washy believer yesterday but after reading Bell's Self-Publishing Attack!, I'm not today. I bought and read this book this morning, highlighting on every page, and can truthfully say the encouragement alone is worth the price. James Scott Bell is truly the voice of encouragement. Also, I thank him for a do-able plan of action.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Lakin on June 20, 2012
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Like all of James Scott Bell's nonfiction craft books for writers (The Art of War for Writers, Plot and Structure, etc.), this book is not just informative but a fast, enjoyable, concise read. Bell lays out the "law" (sorry, he's an attorney and the pun fit well) on issues like (practical) strategic planning, prioritizing your daily/weekly tasks, and setting (more practical) goals to be in the publishing game for the long haul. With candor and encouragement, he shows how any writer who works hard to write a good book can market and promote it successfully. Make this part of your publishing-tip library.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on October 23, 2013
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I know that hopeful authors are supposed to support one another and tell the white lie that all the self-publishing books showing up are worth every penny and deliver on promises, but I am not one of them.
The author's style, voice, and intention show his humanity and good intentions.
One can't help but wish him the best, but this is a lousy book.
Marketing section quickly shifts to choosing a cover and other book production decisions, and a discussion of costs. The subject of marketing returns in the skimpy, seven-page discussion of promotion, which really provides no new information at all. It's all the same advice you can find in 70 percent of the discussions of this kind online.
One piece of unusual information is the answer to the question the author asks twice: what promotional effort works and what does not.
Answer: No one knows.
This is a key question for self-publishing authors to answer. It is refreshing for an author to admit that he will not provide an answer (whether or not he knows the answer is another matter, as he seems to know how to sell his books). But the message is clear: the answer is not provided here.
The book is a thin 127 Kindle pages long.
This is by no means a comprehensive, full, and well organized discussion of self-publishing. It feels like maybe seven magazine articles for Writer's Digest were pieced together.
I recommend that readers interested in this subject look at online writing magazines and also search Amazon for "real books" on the subject, that is, books by professionals that took maybe one or two years to think about, research, and write.
I know I am going to get heat for this thoroughly honest critique, predominantly by those who don't know how to read a negative review without feelings of fear and intolerance. Nothing to be done about that.
I with the author the very best and hope he can produce better books looking forward.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CarolineP on May 2, 2013
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If you're an absolute beginner who is considering self-publishing, this book will give you a perfectly fine overview. If you've done any research on the subject at all, there is very little that's new here. Bell is a good writer who makes the subject accessible, but his advice can be boiled down to: think like a publisher, act like a businessperson, write well and write often. Much of the book (about 12-15%) is devoted to talking about self-publishing and how it differs from traditional publishing, and a lot of that information seemed basic and repetitive. That space could have been better devoted to giving writers practical tips on things like evaluating editors, optimizing back matter, etc. (Bell does go over these issues but just quickly touches on them.)

The book isn't bad but if you're looking for more practical and detailed information, "The Self Publishing Toolkit: How to Publish & Sell Kindle ebooks on Amazon" by Daphne Dangerlove and "Think Like a Publisher" by Dean Wesley Smith are better options.
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