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- Publication Date: April 18, 2010
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The Newbie's Guide to Publishing (Everything A Writer Needs To Know) Kindle Edition
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I've been a nonfiction writer for 40 years and I started reading Konrath's blog to understand the reality of ebooks and self-publishing better--and I will say, I've learned a ton. I find his personality grating at times, his ego gigantic (whose would't be if you made the money he apparently makes), but his writing is informative and I think very reality based. Yes, this book is filled with typos and sloppy grammar, but who cares? There are over 1,000 print pages included in this ebook, and it cost me a few bucks--for the ocean of info provided, I'll overlook the spelling. Really, who cares.
Interestingly, I'm not a big fan of Konrath's fiction. I've read two of his novels and while they are sometimes page turners, I find the writing coarse, with little depth and graphic where it doesn't need to be. He's no Robert B. Parker, that's for sure. But hey, he found a great niche has a lot of followers and he's doing it. I wish I could leap into fiction with as much success as he's carved out. Go back to paragraph one here: it all takes tons of work--there is no easy road in publishing.
Is this book worth $3? Are you joking? To be able to get an inside look into a writer's life and business (and a thousand pages worth, at that) for less than the price of a bad cup of coffee? You're stealing this book for that price.
That's part of what made me love reading this book so much. Konrath goes from someone who sold his first Jack Daniels mystery to going on cross-country signing tours (that will exhaust you just to read about) to someone who had a successful series get canceled to someone who saw the opportunity e-books presented and launched himself into the stratosphere.
You will find a great deal of conflicting advice, but that's because things that were true just two years ago are no longer true in the current state of publishing, so the advice has changed. It's been said that if you ignore the past, you have no future, so it's important to know how and why things transformed.
You can bounce around and read or re-read different essays and yes, there's a lot of repetition, which should be expected and is necessary in case people do skip around. You also get some excellent essays by Barry Eisler (author of the terrific John Rain series).
Go on the journey. I don't care if you're a newbie or an old pro, you will find plenty of value here.
Again, I highly recommend this book to all beginning authors. It will guide you. It will tell you all you need to know. Konrath doesn't talk down to you, either; he helps you through the tough process like a mentor. So if you're trying to sell more books, and don't know how, look no further. This is the one!
Make no mistake, Konrath knows exactly what he is talking about and, moreover, knows how to impart that advice in a clear, precise and very understandable way. I was THRILLED to get this book for free on my Kindle. And yes, Joe, I'll pay for one of your other books just because you gave me this one for free.
The book is extremely long, starting many years ago when he first published; but the advice on writing is timeless. To get to the newest chapters about e-publishing, you need merely look to the table of contents.
If you write and even remotely think about someday publishing, this is a must-read book. Even if you never publish, this will make your writing more enjoyable to you and whomever it is you share your writing with.
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Fun no bs advice. J.A. Konrath helped me a lot and I really appreciated this book.Read more