- File Size: 410 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SV2IPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath Kindle Edition
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If you enjoy this book, I would strongly recommend Guy Kawasaki's APE (author, publisher, entrepreneur) and the digital career guide for writers sold directly by Mike Stackpole on his site. I would imagine Konrath's Newbie's Guide to publishing is good also, but I have not read it yet.
This book answers the following questions you may have:
- Should I self-publish?
- What is wrong with the publishing industry?
- Do I want to be the monkey or the frog?
It was originally written in a live collaboration between J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler using Google Docs, then published on their blogs. It is now compiled here for easier reading.
Be the monkey.
The book is in the form of a recorded interview and conversation and contains plenty of "Quips `n Quotes" which are both entertaining and informative.
While it's no doubt an essential prerequisite when publishing a non fiction "this is my story, warts an' all" type of book, to be factual and economical on fluff, the injection of real life humour is what makes a book inspirational and thought provoking. Of course if you are a serial procrastinator (hint), the thought provoking elements of this book might not lead to any action ...on the other hand, where there's a will there is always hope, if not a crystal clear pathway.
This treatise (for it's a mammoth read!) on the do's and don'ts of self publishing and the why's and wherefores, is totally compelling reading for the "about to publish my Book on Kindle" writer. It's a very long and absorbing read, rather like a text book on steroids written by two comedians! (Try working that one out!).
Joe turned down what appeared at the outset to be an awesomely lucrative deal from a Legacy Publisher, in favour of self publishing. Not a few heads were turned in the process like a scene from the exorcist. A bold move in the face of the Traditional Publishing cognoscenti. One he won't regret I am sure. Those of you out there in the Kindle Kosmos won't regret Joe's move either, since it very clearly marks the beginning of the end of Legacy domination. Let's have three resounding cheers for the pioneers Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler.
Altogether a most illuminating read (for which read Great Polar Exploration). You'll need to plan well before tackling this book; like suitable outdoor clothing, a supply of long life sandwiches and a pack of Flares for rescue in the case of your disappearance! A back pack of Evian wouldn't go amiss. This book should give hope (maybe glory) and confidence to all those Writers and Authors whose pile of rejection slips now reach the Study ceiling. Wonderful book...get to it!
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