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The Path To Self-Publishing Success [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Hicks
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You dream of having a full-time career writing novels, but you're not sure how to get there, or if it's even possible. Maybe you've played the lottery with the traditional publishers, submitting your work over and over again to publishers and agents, only to receive a pile of rejection notices. You've looked at self-publishing, but are leery of it, or maybe you've embraced the idea but don't know where to start because you have no background in the publishing industry. Or maybe you're one of the many who's jumped into the self-publishing pool and splashed around, but haven't made the kind of progress you wanted to achieve.

If that sounds like you, then you need to read this book. Michael Hicks has been self-publishing since 2008, and through trial and error found his path to success in early 2011 when his books hit the Amazon bestseller lists. A few months later, he kissed goodbye his day job of twenty-five years to write full-time, a move that completely transformed his life. He had never been previously published, and had no background in publishing or marketing. Yet he succeeded.

You can, too.

This book tells you how he did it. By sharing what he learned from sometimes painful experience, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that self-published authors may encounter, and maximize the potential to achieve your own success.

Product Details

  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (August 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FU49BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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First the backstory: I'm still progressing through editing and publishing my first novel. I follow the rule of reading five books on the topic as each exposes a different facet. This is the fifth book, and I picked it up quickly because I've watched Hick's efforts from a far for about a year and wanted to see his inside perspective--see a bit of the sausage making explained. I recently read John Locke's as well. Together I think they provide a decent foundation for somebody just starting to explore self-publishing (an Explorer).

That said, I'm not exactly his target audience. I'm not an Explorer. I'm Tuning my understanding.

"The Path" is a fast, friendly read. He speaks from his experience in a way that gives meaning to those exploring self-publishing. I liked how in the beginning he laid a foundational philosophy and provided some resources to help an interested writer learn theirs. I appreciate his insights throughout the book.

Both authors spoke about being an author as a business. Locke talked about his business plan, which to me was more of a marketing plan. Locke's book focused on marketing. Hicks covered the key domain segments of self-publishing: editing, cover art, marketing.

Throughout his book, he dives into the details. I'm concerned that over time changes in a vendor's business process would invalidate some of his information. Sometimes I feel an explorer would do well to have some "go look at these references for more information." As I said above, he does this in the beginning. I thought it would be a good theme to run with throughout the work.

John Locke has something meaningful to say in his "1 million in 5 months." The Amazon rating tells you whether the reviewer is in the target audience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Hicks' book was recommended to me by a friend when she learned that I was writing a book (still in progress).

I learned quite a bit from "The Path To Self-Publishing Success", particularly in the area of e-books and online promotion using social media. Before I read this book, I had given very little thought to the e-publishing side of things. After reading this book, I'm now going to give it serious consideration.

This book was written by somebody who's been there and done that. Thus, the concepts presented are not purely theoretical. They have actually worked. Mr. Hicks in this work goes through, in detail, the steps he took to achieve success in self-publishing. Thus, this is not a comprehensive guidebook that would cover every possible aspect of the subject. It is simply a discussion of the things that he did and what worked for him.

Still, there is plenty of great material. In the book, Mr. Hicks covers every aspect of the journey of writing, publishing,and promoting a book in electronic format. He begins with some excellent advice on the area of self-improvement--both personal and as a writer--and then stresses the importance of treating self-publishing as a business.

He stresses the importance of producing a quality work, and gives specific steps about how to go about doing this.

There's also step-by-step instructions about how to format and actually publish your book with a variety of e-book formats. He also discusses things such as pricing strategy and royalty options and gives recommendations here.

There is extensive discussion about promotion using social media, with particular emphasis on Twitter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ton of useful info in an easy to read package October 23, 2011
By Rick G
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This book is a great resource for both first time writers as well as experienced self-publishers still honing their craft.

As a self-published author with about a year of experience under my belt, I was happy to find tons of good advice regarding new concepts to try as well as some thoughts with regards to fine tuning what I'm already doing.

The pros are fairly easy to list:
- Quick easy read
- Goes beyond just the ebook world and gives full end to end advice regarding the self-publishing business.
- Written by a top self-published author (something not all "how to" books of this genre can claim) so there's the added confidence of listening to someone who knows what they're talking about.
- Priced very aggressively compared to other "how to" books in this genre and easily worth what those others are charging.

The only con some might find with this book is that often times Hicks gives general advice on a topic rather that getting too specific. However, this makes a lot of sense. The author (rightfully) points out that every success story is going to be a little different. Emulating him or anyone else 100% isn't a guarantee of the same results. We each have to find our own voice in these things.

The title of this book is perfect. It's not a system, it's not a get rich quick scheme, it's a path...a long winding one. This book is aimed at those who wish to put themselves on this path. It exists to point us in the right direction and give the reader the tools they need to forge ahead. Whether we reach our 'destination' is still heavily reliant on us, but this book is an excellent compass to help guide us there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So that what goes into getting ebooks published . . .
If you have ever wondered how the ebook / self-publishing world works, this a very good place to start. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William A Dias
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide Book for Aspiring Self-Publishers
Just the PERFECT, concise, and direct path to detailing, expressing, and outlining the "essentials of self publishing" that any new aspiring novelist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leah Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful for the ambitious writers.
Published 4 months ago by E and M
5.0 out of 5 stars great Instruction and Inspiration
Great book on how to do it by someone who's actually done it. I enjoyed the experiences and the motivation they brought. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Harvey Bradley Stucki
5.0 out of 5 stars A road map to where you want to be. What more can you ask?
Clear and straightforward, this book is jam-packed with enough advice, common sense, and experience to serve as a clear, easy to follow road map to successful self-publishing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by OldSaltCityAce
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the purchase!
Michael R. Hicks has a ton of great advice and suggestions. I read this book twice, then hit some of my personal favorite chapters just before I released my first book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Thomas R. Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Full of Little Gold Mines
I met Mike on Twitter and appreciated the insightful information he was posting. I am new to the self-publishing world. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Theresa Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips on Self-Puplishing
The Path To Self-Publishing Success I must say that Michael Hicks's book on self-publishing is great! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brian K. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview, quick read.
A nice general overview of (primarily) e-publishing. Great for beginners. A quick read. A few typos which were disappointing in a book about successful self-publishing, but the... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Joe H
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Enterprise Self-Publish Authors
I've been an aspiring writer for some time now, but after writing about 20k words, mostly background notes, plots and subplots, and character origin stories, I realized that it was... Read more
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More About the Author

Born in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continue to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Now living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he lives his dream of writing full-time and spends as much time on the road in the family RV as possible...when he's not at the beach!

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