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On the other hand, I found the presentation to be painfully chatty and taking a very long time to get to the point. So painful I'd give it 1-star on form. There is an endless section of "prefatory matters" and three author biographies to wade through before you come to any material that might be useful and actionable.
I understand it when Stephen King in "On Writing" (a terrific book) gives a long life history before getting into the terse section of what he learned as a writer. I am willing to read King's biography -- because he's Stephen King -- but the authors here indulge in homey details about wives and work struggles that are completely irrelevant to presenting any strategies that will help a writer produce and sell books.
Possibly the book's long-winded style is derived from podcasts as a natively chatty form but (as noted by some of the other 1-star reviewers) this book could have benefitted tremendously by having an editor cut it down by 70%.
If this had been a print book any publisher would have said: "Hey, guys are you sure you need all this stuff? What about a bit more focus?" But being that the work is digital, there is little incentive to condense to the most relevant material and the authors give us all they've collectively learned on the subject. And the reader ends up working hard to find the useful gems in a mountain of verbiage.
Maybe it's old-fashioned now -- but several generations of writers (including King and a host of others) have endorsed William Strunk, Jr.'s classic work, The Elements of Style with "reminders" for writers added by E. B. White. Among these time-tested rules are two ideas that this book flagrantly violates:
Omit Needless Words
Place Yourself In The Background
The first, obviously, suggests writing should be edited to the most concise form, rather than the most long-winded form. The second idea is that writers should engage a topic without inserting themselves into the foreground of the story. Newspapermen understood this idea in the 20th century, but possibly the rise of blogs, podcasts and everybody being their own Lady Gaga (personal brand) has given writers permission to wallow in a kind of self-indulgence that previously would have been considered vulgar. Clearly this chatty style did not bother some of the 5-star reviewers but it bugged me and I found myself skimming for real content.
I averaged the 5-star content and the 1-star form to equal 3-stars. Despite not being a rave review, I'll admit many of the ideas in this 3-star book (once you dig them out) are more actionable than most writing books out there. For anyone thinking about writing a novel and selling it on Amazon, this book is a good place to start, though I generally prefer David Gaughran's LET'S GET VISIBLE as an introduction to the digital publishing landscape.
It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, someone who has published a few books, or have a lot of experience, you will get a huge amount from this book, which is jam-packed with all sorts of useful information. It's like a How To on how to build a publishing empire. I had several lightbulb moments reading this book, and I know you will too.
These guys know what they are talking about, they have published millions of words, self-published to great success, sold a series to Amazon, and built a loyal readership that will follow them anywhere.
And they tell you how to do it too. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy.
EDIT: I received an ARC of this book, but without any agreement to review, let alone give any certain type of review. I receive tons of ARCs all the time and most never even get read, let alone reviewed...
Boring Life Story 1
Boring Life Story 2
The Book's Voice (Wtf?)
Fiction vs Nonfiction (I know this.)
Prefatory matters (The previous 4 chapters aren't prefatory?)
Who we are (Because that wasn't covered in the first 2 chapters)
Who we think you are (Because I might need their help determining whether or not the book is useful to me)
Terms You Should Know (Ah, useful content at last!)
And finally, the sample ends on a section titled 'What's Coming Next.' Apparently they forgot.
Maybe there is some awesome advice in this book. I'll never know. All I saw was 50 pages of pointless drivel that should have been covered in 10. The only useful content in this book seems to be the title.
Write. Publish. Repeat.
Thanks. I'll give you a star for that.
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