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MAKE YOUR BOOK provides a complete guide for your road to publication. From the ideal size of your hard print book to how you make it look nice both in hard print and in digital, as well as the importance of book reviews are well described in the book. I just released my first self-published novel, and trust me - it wasn't easy. But then again, had I read Aronis' book before that, I most probably wouldn't have to go through those late night musings on how to get my book done and hand it to my readers.
One of the things I like about this book is that, it also presents examples of books (and these are books that are actually in your bookshelves) which are analyzed and evaluated in order to prove that the author's recommendations are guaranteed to work. There were also graphs and charts that would make you understand further what the author tries to point out, and for a moment I wondered if it would be better if there's some audio or voice over for them so I could feel like I am in a lecture hall.
Also, I have learned not only about the importance of book reviews, but also the technicalities that lie with them. When to use them? How to use them? How can they make or break my work? These questions were answered, though not directly, by the book.
If you are a writer and you already have a finished manuscript but have no idea on what to do next, I suggest you read this book. It will definitely give you an ultimate guide on how to make your story available and ready to meet your readers.
Excellent research-based learning tool for the serious author who wishes to “study” the bestsellers and copycat their marketing methods. It is also an excellent resource for book reviewers who wish to learn more about how the process behind the making of a bestseller.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
For example, Part I, which stretches from p. 25 to p. 187, is an extended discussion of the best trim size, which, by showing picture after picture of how books appear on mobile devices, concludes that 6" by 9" is best, something that could have been done in a few pages. The chapter on book reviews (Chapter 6) includes a lot of pictorial illustrations of the rather simple rule that getting at least 10-12 reviews is important for the overall success of your book. However, nothing is said concerning why 10-12 is crucial. And the more valuable topic of how to get people to write reviews is ignored entirely. I also found the introductions to each chapter and the summaries of the main points in the chapter to be repetitive.
On the other hand, some of the latter chapters of the book contain useful information, such as the chapters on sections and section breaks, index and document indexing, and collaboration and editing. However, to get the most out of these chapters you will need to have the Microsoft word-processing program up on the computer, since the instructions in the book aren't always accompanied by visuals, and what visuals are given in the book are often inadequate. I would suspect that there are plenty of tutorials available that would be of equal or greater help in becoming facile in these areas.
I'm also perplexed by the uneven quality of the text. Some reads very well, as though it has gone through a thorough edit. Other parts (particularly in the first half to two-thirds of the book) are full of awkward constructions, which detract from the readability of the book.
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