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Instead, I read The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, both by Mark Coker. If you're looking for steps you can take to set yourself up for marketing success, these books are worth the read.
Proof of concept, proof of what worked for them - with a quick pointing out of what worked for them may not work for you and vice versa - are all in this book. One of the key takeaways I had was don't forgo your writing over the marketing (although marketing can't drop off of your radar), have more than one title before you start making the major marketing push, the benefits of various forms of social media, and, not to be overlooked in today's electronic book age - the continued importance of a good cover. While my last sentence was a mouthful, those are just a few of the examples contained in this manual.
If you're an independent or even a traditionally-published author, I highly recommend you pick up this book and read it: no matter your experience level, you will learn more than one or two tips and tricks!
No, time to continue to incorporate some of those tips and tricks into my own books.....
The book includes a huge amount of statistics, how-to's, details of the difference between traditional publishing and e-book publishing, book promotion, and the business aspects of self-publishing. The authors dissect the business of book publishing for us, present techniques of good writing, and clue us in on converting files to e-book formats, venues, and promotion. They discuss metadata, marketing tools, elements of a good cover, what to consider in book pricing and advertising.
This is a high energy book by two very successful professionals. If you don't "let go of your fear" about writing and self-publishing by the end of the book, get back on the jeep and re-read it. There is a ton of helpful stuff here. It's a reference book, one to return to again and again. The reference book idea is great fun and ironic since I only have the Kindle edition with no shelf space and it's a bit of a challenge to find the info I know I read. The print book will be easier to use as a reference, I think.
Five stars, for sure.
For the self publisher searching for tips on how to sell more books today, this book might not be the best approach. The author advises New writers should take a three to five year approach. They should first, develop more content; then build the platform to help them sell more books. And, that is where the book shines - It gives some great tips on how to build your platform. How to harness social media to engage more reader's. It made me rethink my views on platform.
Now for the bad part. The authors repeat their names over and over again - Bob this, Jen that. It gets old quick, as do the references to Bob's books.
Read the book, forget about the self promotion. You will learn stuff.
(1) there was a lot of self-promotion, as another reviewer stated. That would have been okay, especially since the authors were drawing from their own experiences in teaching us how to do what they did. It just seemed that it was a little overdone.
(2) For someone who has written a few books, and who has a writing and production schedule, it seemed that they should have included an editor somewhere. There were too many typos and grammatical errors for a book of this nature--more than you would expect would be normal.
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It was well written. A good primer I think for new authors. For me, a lot of I already knew, but it took years to learn it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AJ Vega
This book is very helpful. I will be reading it several times and keeping it on had as a reference as I work on publishing my own books.Published 12 months ago by R Sorrentino
Thanks for this great overall view of what it takes. There was enough detail to be helpful but not too much to be overly intimidating.Published 16 months ago by Margaret C.
I've recommended this book to so many of my friends who are indie authors, indie artists, and small business owners--and all of them love it as much as I did! Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Robin Brande
This book is a keeper--at least for now. It's chock full of useful information about publishing, whether traditional or self-publishing, but with the industry changing so rapidly,... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by VELB
Great insight and sound advice! A very easy read that explains the changes taking place in the publishing industry. Highly recommended,Published on September 30, 2013 by M.L.
Interesting caveats about Word. Worth reading. I learned things I didn't know and I've been an eBook formatter or years!Published on June 5, 2013 by Min Edwards
Great book that clearly identifies and details how Kindle, Nook, and IBook are revolutionizing the world of publishing. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by J. G. Ziegler
This book lays out, step-by-step, how to self-publish your own books or start a small e-press. Definitely worth every penny!Published on March 16, 2013 by Sarah Mcdermed