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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.
Later on, I found their podcast. I didn't like it at first, because they talked a lot about themselves and their own work, it was riddled with in-jokes, and had no structure whatsoever. This time, however, I was persistent, and I kept listening. Little by little, I became quite fond of the Self Publishing Podcast, and now I like it for what it is. Given their shameful self-promotion throughout the show, I've been reminded time and again of the publishing guide I had rotting away on my Kindle, so I gave it another try, starting over from scratch.
Thing is, Write Publish Repeat is very much like the podcast: There's quite a lot of good marketing tips in there, but it does keep going and going and repeating itself. They keep telling how the book became twice as long as they intended, but by some harsh editing they could've kept both the intended length and all the hard content. If I wanted to read their podcast, well, there's always Caption Access™, right?
My main problem with this format is that I really needed to know them from the podcast to appreciate the book, and by listening extensively to the podcast I'd already picked up about all the advice that they're giving in the book. To me, that constitutes a paradox, and I'm thinking "so who the hell is this book really meant for?". The customer rating average proves me wrong, of course.
If you have all the time in the world (which, according to the authors, you don't, because you should be on your ass writing), I'd rather recommend you listen to the entire podcast history, but if you're in dire need of advice right now and don't mind sifting through way too many pages of self promotion to find that advice, give this one a go.
The book does a really good job initially in telling what it expects from the reader and what the reader should expect from the book, so at least get the sample and see if you fit the description or if it pisses you off. In my experience, it did both, but at least I was prepared and still I read the damn thing. The only reason I feel justified to give this 3 stars is that it won't affect the overall score.
Creativity Business Plan for Artists and Artists at Heart: A Step by Step guide from discovery to implementation of your Creative Potential
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.
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