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After having read the book I realized why Andreas' book was free for a limited time only. Buy his book and check for yourself.
Andreas' book about how to write a book is more than excellent. It is brilliant. There is so much valuable information and practical hints for someone who is new to writing books.
I am currently writing a book. It is my third book. I am also doing the research for my fourth book. So I am an author. However, I still find that I need inspiration for improving my style and for getting my books in front of more potential readers.
The book publishing industry has changed considerably over the last 10 years. The industry is still undergoing major changes. Nobody knows what it will be like in just 3-5 years. Ramos is presenting the opportunities that these changes are offering the authors. Specifically the authors of niche type non-fiction books such like the ones that I write.
The book is very well written and a pleasure to be with. There is practical and useful information on every single page. Apart from all the things I have learned from reading the book I have also learned something from Ramos' own writing style. Ramos is down to earth, where I tend to be a little too academic. I prefer Ramos' style and think my readers will too. I will develop my style in the direction of Ramos'. It is just so easy to read and remember.
5 stars out of 5 to Andreas Ramos: "How to write a book! To get more opportunities and improve your career."
Have you been thinking about writing a book? But somehow, it never happens? I think this book will help. It's gotten me started.
The book is focused on how to write non-fiction for mostly business-to-business audiences. It's concise, pragmatic, and to the point, taking you through each step. He starts by contradicting the method I was using, writing chapters and snippets, and instead recommends writing an outline and having reviewers comment on that before writing extensive prose. I think that's a good idea (ask me in a month if it really worked!). Then he steps you through how to write, how to get it edited, whether to self-publish, whether to get an agent, and how to publish and publicize. He talks about why you might write a book. In particular, he talks about what works for him -- writing a book to build reputation and gather consulting work. This is not the book for you if you want to create a brilliant novel.
Disappointing are the typos and errors (especially given that there is a whole chapter on getting a copyeditor) but I know he is correcting them. And his writing style is very matter of fact. But all that said, I think this book will get me where I want to go after years of not doing it.
Pros: He interviews a bunch of authors, both self-published and traditionally published, and even includes an interview with a publisher.
Cons: * He doesn't really synthesize the information shared by these authors, just reproduces the interviews.
* Some of the authors he includes write only fiction, which doesn't seem to belong here since this is a book about writing a book to get more opportunities. (It's not clear what kind of opportunities writing a novel gives you.)
* Much of the advice was remedial and not particularly helpful (for example, the chapter on selling your book included advice to post to social media, contact "influencers," watch your rank on amazon). For this I need to read a book?
* Even though the author explains that you don't make money on books per se but on the opportunities the books create, there is no real advice on how to parlay your book into those lucrative opportunities. Are you supposed to write the book and just hope that speaking and consulting gigs will come to you?
* The book contained many typos, undermining the argument for self-publishing.
In short, I think if you're thinking of writing a book--a project that takes a lot of time (and some money), it's worth it to spend a few extra dollars to buy a better advice book than this one.
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