- File Size: 474 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Publisher: Nexgate Press (February 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007D0HTFE
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Honestly, I wish I had read this book a year ago. I had downloaded it during one of its free promotions right before publishing my first novel. It had been recommended to me from one of the many publishers that sent me a rejection letter. At the time I was just like, "Alright, I'll give it a quick look-see" but got caught up in my book's publication not too long afterwards. I had essentially forgotten about this book until a few nights ago when perusing my Kindle book list and saw it. I thought I'd give it a quick read, thinking I could get a few helpful tips to help promote my stories better. Boy, I was unprepared for just how much help this book provides!
From simple advice on what to do before officially publishing your book (indie or not) to complex strategies on how to increase sales within a short period of time, this book has it all. Every self-published author should pick this book up, especially if you're new and aren't a hundred percent sure where the world of publishing stands at the moment. It tells you where to go to create your platform, great websites to check out to help promote your novel, and interesting stories about the author's personal experiences as an indie writer.
For the newbie and the veteran looking for some new ideas on marketing: this is the book!
There are a few more motivational-type chapters, such as the one on a ghost and one on Santa Claus, but the meat in this book, in my opinion, are the chapters that give specific advice or give resources where budding authors can get help. For example, one topic that seems to be an ongoing topic in Amazon's author forums is how to get reviews. Not only does the author stress the importance of getting reviews and gives some general tactics, he gives 16 sources that offer reviews.
This seems to be the author's methodology: give advice, then give the means to follow that advice. While several other books stress the need for a good book cover, the author delves deeper. He gives resources for an author to make his or her cover as well as where to get it professionally done at a reasonable cost. And if an author decides to go it alone, he talks about specifics such as colors, text, and all the things that go into a good cover. He also hits on one thing I haven't seen elsewhere. On Amazon part of the marketing is when a person buys a book, thumbnails of other books that were bought by people who also bought the subject book pop up. Those thumbnails have to look good, and some full-size covers that look great are not so great as a thumbnail. The author even gives some visual examples of this, showing a progression of thumbnails that go from poor to eye-catching.
This, in a nutshell, is what I like about this book. Other authors merely write "create a good cover." This author explains just how to do that. With his checklists, resources, and advice, the author has written the most complete and useful how-to book on writing and publishing a book that I have read. Any author, whether established or just starting out, should read this book and take it to heart.
He shows a nice blog tour pitch that most indie authors will find useful.
There are some HTML tips that look useful, though I have not tried them yet. I found a way to put HTML in my book description from another book that is a bit different and has worked so far. Bennington's way seems like it will allow a more robust set of HTML tools.
Bennington has several good check lists that I think are insightful as well. He has some good advice about keeping the important things in life properly prioritized.
The most positive message, and one that every other publishing guru is beating into my(our) head(s), is that a writer must write a good book. In fact the message seems to be, "Write the best book you can or else!" I am a writer, and every brilliant story, or piece of a story, or snippet of dialogue I have ever written has come perilously close to being shared with whomever I could get to read it, without having even a cursory proof reading. (Because I love writing and get caught up in the moment.) So what about that novel I revised a dozen times? Not ready, a dozen times is nothing for a serious writer. How about a hundred times? So why do I claim this is the most positive message in the book? Because if good writing is the most important thing, then success is in the hands of the writer. Think about that.
Bennington (and many others giving writing advice--in books that I paid to read) state over and over to "get professionally edited" before publishing a word. So while I thought this book was good, I screamed internally every time he repeated the phrase "get professionally edited" because I am poor and have written millions of words during my long (unpublished) writing career. They say the truth hurts. They are right, whoever they are. (On a side note, I also screamed each time I found a typo, spelling error, or formatting issue in this book. But there is no perfectly edited book, ask Joe Konrath, so I will not hold it against the author.)
So, after that rant, would I buy the book again? Yes, it has some very good information. I skimmed through some of the cute stories, but did read the excerpt from his novel at the end (which is about 10 percent of the book). That is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. (Just to be clear, his novel writing is good.)
Also, I did not have this review professionally edited. You will likely see mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and overall theme. Go ahead and punch me in the face, I can take it.
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