The Business of Writing: Practical Insights for Independent, Hybrid, and Traditionally Published Authors
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1540322920
- ISBN-13 : 978-1540322920
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.65 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,591,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who would I recommend this book to? This is a great place for any writer to start, especially if they want someone to draw them a high-level road map of what independent publishing looks like when you approach it as a business. For me, this book is a starting point, not a full-fledged instruction manual. And that’s okay, because there are so many personal choices to make when publishing that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a book that does the work for you without impeding on your own creativity and individuality as an independent publisher.
This book is like the old saying about teaching someone to fish so they can eat forever. Headlee doesn’t tell you exactly what to do (although she strongly recommends some things, such as professional editing). Instead, she offers a ton of information on what your choices are and how you can go about deciding them.
Kindle or hard copy? I bought the book in person, and I like the hard copy because I can highlight and bookmark various bits of information. But the Kindle version has a potential advantage: Headlee references a lot of sites and posts that I gather are linked in the Kindle version so readers can access them easily. She does kindly include an appendix in the hard copy (I’m not sure if this is included in the Kindle version) with all the websites, so you can find the information as needed. That alone is actually a valuable resource — the appendix runs around 40 pages in the paperback version.