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Forget everything you know about 'publishing' and embrace online publishing as a business. Gone are the days when you either strike gold or starve. There's a good income to be earned in the middle. Do what they tell you and it's as simple as that. It is hard work, you will have to write a lot and you must not give up. But so few careers guarantee you increasing returns the more you work these days. They're not promising you'll get rich, but if you want to be a writer, to quit your day job, to have financial freedom, this is where you start.
It has worked for me.
The best thing about this book, to me, is that it is devoted to teaching you how to think. You won't find screenshots teaching you how to format your files for the different online retailers or step-by-steps walking you through how to fill out a product description. The advice in this book will not only help you today, but years from now. I feel confident saying that because the focus is on how to approach situations. It will show you what type of thinking and the attitude you should as you try to build a career. They will teach you how to CREATE opportunities (they are serious about the 'no luck' part) for yourself.
In this book, Sean, Johnny and Dave advocate a systemic and repeatable approach that takes the guesswork out of being an author. The work ethic and can-do attitude that fills every page appeals to me so much. It's inspirational and motivational. Reading the book really makes you believe that it's possible to approach a writing career as a business person instead of that guy risking everything on a roll of the dice. You don't have to hope and pray that you get lucky. There is a line in the early part of the book that says: "Success comes from hard work and the accumulation of small numbers." That is such an awesome sentence, but more than that, it's an awesome philosophy.
Ultimately, that's what this book is about. It teaches you how to win a lot of small battles that have the cumulative effect of leading you to a life of victory. If you want to learn how to make it as a self-published author, do yourself a favor and buy this book. Read this book and keep it close by so you can read it again.
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But I finished it anyway. Read every word. So, am I a self-publishing expert now? Hardly. I'm not saying there isn't any useful advice in this book. There is. But it mostly deals with broad strokes and is light on specifics. I'm sure the authors would disagree with me, but that's honestly what I thought about it.
Now, if you emulate the authors system, I have no doubt that you can make a living at being a writer, if you are at least a passably skilled writer. But that is if you want to be the kind of writer who spews a large volume of work in a short amount of time, i.e. write short serials that you can then sell as bundles. If you want to just write books, you know, like most actual authors out there, then this might not as easily work for you. By their own admission, and in their own words:
"Nothing in this book works if you don't have at least a few books and/ or keep producing more. Nothing happens if your work sucks, or if you get mired in indecision and analysis paralysis and refuse to push the "publish" button."
Platt, Sean; Truant, Johnny B. (2014-01-01). Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) (pp. 415-416). Sterling & Stone. Kindle Edition.
Really, there's so much I could say about this book, but I really don't want to waste much time on it. I will say just leave it by saying, at first, I thought these guys might be on to something (and, in a way, I suppose they are), but this book is just too long-winded and isn't specific enough. Basically, I can sum up the majority of their advice with this: WRITE A LOT OF REALLY GOOD STUFF. Well, to be fair, there's more to it than that, but what's missing from this book is how to actually implement a lot of their advice. They write a lot of stuff really quickly, but in 100,000 plus words, they can't even tell us how they actually accomplish this. That's going to be in the next book.