- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1512090042
- ISBN-13: 978-1512090048
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in several anthologies. Susan has been indie publishing since 2011, but she's not an indie rockstar or a breakout success--she's one of thousands of solidly midlist indie authors making a living with their works. Her self-publishing books are based on her personal experience in self-publishing genre fiction--she hopes they will help her writer-friends take their own leaps into the wild (and wonderful) world of indie publishing...and not only survive, but thrive.
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Top Customer Reviews
On the independent path, Quinn has advice on avoiding the sharks (mostly, but not limited to, those vanity press outfits posing as publishing services) and, should a traditional publishing offer come your way, avoiding a bad contract.
Quinn covers making a five-year plan (and re-evaluating it from time to time). Under marketing (“How to market without feeling like a slime ball”), she discusses covers, blurbs, prices, pre-orders, advertising, mailing lists, and what you can avoid if you prefer.
When it comes to publishing, Quinn covers where (Amazon only, everywhere, or somewhere in between?) how (direct or through distributors?), formatting (do it yourself or outsource?). There may be sharks in the water, but there is also good, professional help available, and Quinn knows the difference and shares her knowledge, including price ranges and advice on finding the right help.
Once you’ve passed the publishing threshold, you’ll find Quinn’s advice about avoiding the quicksand of social media, measuring success, writing serials, and developing an author brand. If you’re even just thinking about independent publishing, this book is a worthwhile investment.
What I like about this book is that it is an accumulation of Susan Kaye Quinn's experience and insights that she's organized and made available to one and all. It is not necessarily a how-to manual, but it is definitely a comprehensive and informative guide.
The book reminds you that while writing is an excellent creative outlet and should be treated as such, it is also a skill that needs to be honed as well as a business that can provide you with a conduit to make a good living.
The book provides sound business advice and multiple references which can be used to improve your writing skills or help you develop a strong team to support you during your publishing journey.
For me, the most powerful thing about the book is how candid Susan is about her struggles as a writer, whether she was dealing with putting words on the blank page, pushing herself to be a stronger storyteller, or figuring out the best way to get her work into the hands of readers.
The book is highly motivational, and encourages the reader to take the chance on themselves and own the process of putting their own work out on the market for readers.
Overall, I found the book to be full of great info for all writers at any stage of their career, and I encourage everyone to take the time to read the book, you are guaranteed to learn something that will help you grow as a writer and entrepreneur!
If you are wondering about Indie publishing, grab this book! Read it now. Don't wait another minute.
With witty and memorable metaphors and reliable references, this book pointed out and pulled me back from the perilous pitfalls that await the indie author... Definitely saved me a lot of trouble!
~ Thomas C. Gallo,
Author of, Sphynx: The Story of the Star People (How I Spent My Summer Vacation Book 2) and The Legend of the River Beast (How I Spent My Summer Vacation Book 1)