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The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson , J.A. Konrath , Zoe Winters , Vicki Tyley , Vincent Zandri , Guido Henkel , Lon Shapiro
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Book Description

The e-book era has launched thousands of writing careers and holds tremendous promise for future growth. Here's how one author went from self-publishing his first e-book to becoming a full-time author in a little more than a year. While offering general tips on business, craft, product development, and marketing, its primary goal is to inspire you to embrace your creative entrepreneurship and success.

Bonus essays by successful indie authors J.A. Konrath, Zoe Winters, Vincent Zandri, Guido Henkel, and Vicki Tyley and graphic designer Lon Shapiro.

Scott Nicholson is author of more than 30 books, including the Top 100 Kindle bestsellers Liquid Fear and Disintegration, as well as some books that only sell a few copies a month. He also edited the charity writing manual Write Good or Die. He published six books in the traditional press, three in the small press, and now publishes primarily as an indie author.

If you're buying this book to sell a million copies, you probably won't be happy. If you are buying this book to be happy, you probably have a better chance of selling a million copies.


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  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050I5TXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Yourself (And Your Career) A Favor: Buy This Book September 19, 2011
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A phenomenal book, easily the best "advice" book of any kind for indie writers.

This isn't a standard "how to" book. It won't teach you the particulars on how to format an e-book or how to get the most out of twitter. Instead, it teaches something far more valuable: How to think the right way. And more than that, the author shows you how to apply that thinking to all the practical aspects of an indie writer's life.

And anyway, most "how to" books are of limited use. They may show you how to publish your book, and impart some marketing tips, but most of them will only show you one path - which may or may not be suitable for you. This book teaches you how to find your own path.

Scott Nicholson takes a philosophical approach to the writer's life. Success, for him, is defined by happiness, not sales, ranking, or money. This book is a guide to increasing your professional happiness as a writer.

If that all sounds a little Deepak Chopra to you, don't worry, there is no New Age BS or anything like that. It's a blueprint for finding out what your own personal writing goals are, and how to achieve them without feeling like a huckster.

I read this in about 24 hours, which is the first time I can say that about a non-fiction book - usually I dip in and out of them over time, but this was genuinely gripping.

The tone is confident without being pushy, and wise without being "knowing". The author makes some points which might initially seem counter-intuitive, but he backs them up with logic and by drawing on his extensive experience as a journalist, freelancer, trade published writer, and indie author.

People talk about thinking outside the box. Scott Nicholson lives outside the box, and this book is all the richer for it. Do yourself (and your career) a favor - buy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring is an understatement May 31, 2011
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This book is not only a must read for anyone taking a chance with the Indie Publishing career, it is a good read for anyone who writes and publishes. "Corporate Publishers" or whatever, you can learn a lot about what type of mind set you will need to be happy not only with writing, but writing and making a living at it. This is not a get rich writing book. It is a very realistic approach and it is a wonderful tool for learning, not only how difficult it is to make a career as a writer, but to be successful enough to maybe make a living.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"The Indie Journey" is a book for self-published authors, and for those who are interested in learning more about self-publishing and how it differs from traditional publishing. The book is very convincing that self-publishing is a better method when it comes to happiness and success, which are the main goals of taking the indie route in publishing. The author stresses that success is not based on income, but rather, the ability to follow your dreams, work from home, do what you love, and share your happiness with others through your books.

"The Indie Journey" provides both the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing; however, its focus is on self-publishing and it voices a preference for self-publishing. The author reveals his own projections, realistic yet astonishing, of the publishing industry in the near future (from 2011, when the book was published, to 2020). There are a lot of projections in this book, which is in-line with its message that it's best to be flexible and go with the changes in the world, or even, to "create" the future by being unique and starting your own path.

"The Indie Journey" tells you that self-publishing brings authors and readers closer, by eliminating the corporate publishers, and it allows all writers to be published, which they are so entitled. The book speaks of the future of the publishing industry, which the author says will change like everything else. And the message I get from the book is that it is not correct to hold onto old-fashioned ways just because they (i.e. traditional publishers) exist, and especially if the future is moving in a different direction; rather, do what your instincts tell you, regardless if it is "accepted" or not, as the most successful people in the world start the trends, instead of follow them. I recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should've Been Titled "The Oprah Journey" January 22, 2013
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I had high hopes for this one. Scott Nicholson has been billed as one of the success stories of Kindle self-publishing, and I was curious to see what he had to say about the subject. I recently read The Red Church and found it to be a good King-style ghost story. I have been a bit skeptical about J.A. Konrath's advice to crank out as much product as possible, commission a pro cover, and wait for the ebook riches to come pouring in, so I was looking forward to another perspective. The perspective I got from this book, though, sounded suspiciously like what one might find in The Secret. There is lots of talk about "the Universe" opening up to the author's good intentions and other such New Age musings. I don't have a problem with the message per se (aside from finding it kind of flaky). My real issue is with the repetition of the main idea ad nauseum. This could have been summed up in way fewer pages. Mainly, this is a work of craft philosophy. It is really not a guide to anything other the vague mantra of "do what you love". Scott seems like a nice guy and I hope he is very happy with his chosen path. Unfortunately, this book feels too much like a padded cash grab.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every writer should read this book!
I found this book very inspirational and very intriguing. I really like the way the author talks about the reasons so many of us write. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Lukens - author of Ancient Enemy
2.0 out of 5 stars no "secrets" revealed.
The book was more about the author's journey and success than instructive for others. No "secrets" revealed to me.
Published 7 months ago by Zia-Novelist
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, and a must if you plan on self publishing
This book is full of great advice, but it's not all a how-to. It's just as fun reading about Scott Nicholson and his ride from the the big New York publisher to going out on his... Read more
Published 13 months ago by glenn rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Pleasant Surprise.
At this point in my writing journey I have read 100s of books and articles and blogs on the various considerations for self-publishing one's work. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Skeptical Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Balanced gives the positive and negative sides of indie NOT saying you will make overnight 1 million $ writing is not for everyone or a get rich fast gimic
Published on April 14, 2013 by Fred Chisam
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves SIX STARS!!!!
I buy books either for entertainment value or to learn something. This book is an essential tool for all self published authors looking to feel their way around the big world of... Read more
Published on March 21, 2013 by Blondieco
3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicting advice
As a seasoned indie author, I found this book to be only somewhat representative of the indie experience. Read more
Published on February 10, 2013 by Karen B
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart collection
I really like the essay collections Scott Nicholson's put together. This one was was remarkably powerful and candid, and he comes off as person who's truly humble about his success... Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Bartleby
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN LOCKE'S
An informative, HONEST look at indie publishing. It's one of the best I've seen on the market. I would recommend to anyone considering the world of self-publishing. Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by Never Smile at Strangers
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging and Helpful Guide
I've had this book for some time, and I find myself returning to it again and again-- that is a sure sign of a truly useful guide! Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Ruth Barrett
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