Don't Go For Broke: Go For Book Growth Kindle Edition
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Before we look at the book, let me tell you who I am and why my opinion of this text might be helpful to you. Well, I'm a self-published author who has published eighteen books over the last twenty years and sold just over 200,000 of them. I also set up and now organize The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and I've personally helped and worked with thousands of self-published authors all over the world. So, yes, I know a few things about self-publishing. Now that's out of the way, let's discuss the book.
Firstly, allow me to try to sum it up in a sentence. Don't Go Broke, Go for Book Growth is basically the A-Z of self-publishing, from Advertising Yourself to Writing a Synopsis like a Pro. And it's good; very good. So much so, I wish I'd had access to a book like this when I started out all those years ago.
Whilst reading this book, two things struck me. Firstly, the author's knowledge of the self-publishing industry and how you might wish to go about publishing a book this way, is far-reaching and I couldn't fault it. Secondly, it's written in such a chatty sort of way - and not at all overly technical - writers who are about to self-publish for the first time will not be overwhelmed by it. So, if you are contemplating self-publishing, I'd happily recommend this book to you. Whether you are trying to work out how to embed fonts or how to put together your Amazon Author Page, this book will help you to get there. In fact, it's so well-written and so accessible, I'm going to put a link to it on The WishingShelf Book Awards' website. A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review thewsa.co.uk
DON'T GO FOR BROKE
I wish I'd read a book like Don't Go for Broke a decade ago because I would have spared myself a mountain of wasted time and trouble in trying to sell my stories. I'd have been happier as a writer and I might have made some money, too.
Instead, I was Broke Bloke. My attitude was all wrong, right from the start. Yes, I tried a few marketing strokes, but I failed, totally, bombed. The stupid thing was that I knew marketing needed as much effort and skill as writing and editing. I just didn't work at it. Reading Don't Go ForBroke came as a smell-the-coffee moment for me.
The book works on two levels of equal importance. Firstly, it details in a simple way the dos-and-don'ts that bestselling author Tracy Traynor has learned and applied during her own writing career. Sadly, I broke several of the author's golden rules. I was unsure about audience and genre. My covers were not right. And I brought my titles to market too soon. My experience is catalogue of failure. That said, these are all common mistakes for the self-publishing wannabe.
Secondly, Don't Go For Broke offers a consistent and clear message of hope. Here are the tools, it says. This is what to do, it says. But - above all - it also says, YOU, TOO, CAN DO IT. If you are prepared to listen, learn and apply the knowledge of the author's experience. It's inspirational stuff.
Don't Go For Broke is a working book. There are pages to make notes at the end of each chapter and dozens of useful links. The links alone may prove the book's worth for some readers.
For anyone at the start of a writing career, I would recommend Don't Go For Broke as a highly useful road map, even for someone with a good attitude towards marketing.
I shall keep my copy close to hand as I work to get things more right than wrong in future - Broke Bloke no more.
Review by R.J. Askew - Author
- ASIN : B08TW35L78
- Publication date : January 23, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 16267 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,059 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I've never seen such a comprehensive and invaluable guide out there, and as an indie author myself I have already used the guidance from this book to become a USA Today bestselling author.
This really is the best investment you can make if you want to publish on your own!
There were a ton of good links and recommendations, so much so that I even recommend buying the paperback version so you can bookmark and make notes. Thank you for writing this!!!
A reviewer mentioned that this guide should be on a shelf. I would have to agree! It should be on a shelf.
Publishing a book is flipping hard. There are so many so-called editors out there that will take your money and do nothing to your book. SO with this guide, it's wonderful to be educated on some dos and don'ts
Top reviews from other countries
* The author provides an honest account of her not-so-stellar moments in the book-selling business, beginning with her first one-star review, while highlighting her successes—She has sold 200, 000 books!
* Her delivery is simple, almost chatty, as if you are sitting in her living room with a cup of tea.
* She offers key points for quick reference later.
* She includes excellent sites where you can get help with honing your writing and marketing your book.
What a find remarkable is that the author is dyslexic, but her writing doesn’t reflect that at all. As I’ve taught many students with dyslexia, who struggled with the written word, it’s easy to see that T. N. Traynor has come a long way. The book reflects her perseverance.
The title was the only aspect of the book I didn’t like. It’s a mouthful. But so what? T. N. Traynor wrote the book to help other indie authors follow their dreams—and she does that in spades.