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- Publication Date: April 18, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003I6496Y
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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.
For the uninitiated, Joe Konrath is one of those self-publishing success stories. He was also traditionally published, so he knows both sides. He freely shares his experiences and what he's learned through his blog. He's outspoken, opinionated, and controversial. He's also a smart, funny guy with a lot of experience under his belt. You could do worse than to listen to what he has to say.
This book is a collection of his early blog posts. It's massive. There is a lot of information in here, and it's good. He talks about the rejections and how he landed his agent and initial publishing contract. He talks about book tours and promotion. We get to share with him the experience of his first book coming out and those first steps into self-publishing. It's interesting to watch as time goes by and how his opinions changed as this monumental shift in publishing began to unfold.
Everything's not perfect here. Some material is repeated in slightly different forms. There are some spelling and grammar errors, although I didn't have any trouble reading through them. Those are minor quibbles though and should not dissuade you from getting this book. Whichever publishing route you're pursuing, there's valuable info here for you. And it's nice to see both sides, the good and the bad. If you care about your writing career, you owe it to yourself to have a look at this tome.
This book is essentially a massive collection of years of blog posts, neatly organized by category and topic.
Konrath has some of the best advice in the business on the business of publishing, both of the traditional variety and on the new wave of e-book self-publishing currently sweeping the industry. He advocates hard work, self-discipline, measured self-promotion, and a real commitment to the craft of the art in order to achieve. In all this, I can agree with him wholeheartedly, and also took much courage from his validation that success comes to those who work their tails off.
Because he is a genre author, most of the material is aimed at those who seek to follow that path, and since I am a non-fiction author (at least currently) I may have found rather fewer of these articles applicable to my situation than others. But if you're a fiction aspirant, you could do much worse than Konrath's Bible-size tome.
Konrath is widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working genre writers in the biz, and is also, I believe, on the very bleeding edge of e-book pricing strategy (Amazon's recent move to release the bite-sized, under-$5 "Singles" indicates to me that they want a piece of the low-cost ebook pie). Despite his wild success, he remains humble, humorous, self-effacing throughout.
As one of my first Kindle purchases, this title was well worth the download. Highly recommended to aspiring fiction authors.
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