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"Probably the most comprehensive and in depth look inside what successful indie authors are doing and how to replicate the work."
- Publication Date : January 1, 2014
- File Size : 1175 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 479 pages
- Publisher : Sterling & Stone (January 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00H26IFJS
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #210,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is extremely, painfully, horrifically repetitive. These authors must love the sound of their own voices.
The best advice given is to write the next book, which is pretty standard advice from anyone in the publishing industry.
Write the story. Edit. Publish. Write the next book. Nine words, that’s all you need.
There are better books out there for learning story. There are better indie groups out there that talk about marketing. Save the Cat and Romancing the Beat are excellent resources if you’re wanting something on story structure. Marketing books there are a plethora of. Keep in mind that the market constantly changes too.
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.
***I read a lot of books but only post the five-star ones I recommend. Check out my reviews for more five-star recommendations. Agree, disagree with this review? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Creativity Business Plan for Artists and Artists at Heart: A Step by Step guide from discovery to implementation of your Creative Potential
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.
Note: I bought the Kindle version and audible version. The audible version very nicely narrated.
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What made the difference?
For one, the guys Johnny B Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright all write serialized novels i.e. They write a six or nine book series of books, each one self contained, so they're really novellas. They also write full length novels, but to me writing serialized novels just made so much sense and gave me that feeling of 'I can do this' instead of thinking 'Jeez, 120,000 words is just too much'.
The section on story beats really made it for me though. Again it was like an 'a-ha' moment and really pushed the book I'm writing forward. It sounds like a really simple idea but truly it is a really powerful idea.
They also go into the marketing of your book which every author should know about, but they do it in such a way that it's genuine heart marketing: reaching your fans in a genuine and honest way.
The business of writing is also covered which is just great.
I said this was one of four resources you need, here are all four:
1. This book
2. Stephen King's 'On Writing' book - I have read this 5 times over the last few years.
3. Scrivener (Amazing must have tool for all writers)
4. The Self Publishing Podcast (A video and audio podcast by the guys who wrote this book. It is funny, smart and just bloody amazing with some fantastic information for indie authors)
If you're into writing and willing to put in the work required this book and the resources above will definitely get you there.
For those of us working on our first book it manages to be inspiring and yet realistic at the same time. (Basically it's all in the title. If you do the work then you can become a published writer.)
But unusually for a non-fiction book, the authors' personalities also shine through and make it really entertaining. It also comes across as a really honest book that is genuinely trying to help other authors succeed (rather than claiming that there is some quick and easy formula for writing that will earn you big bucks). These guys have succeeded as writers by putting in the hours and going through difficult times, and they don't pretend that it's all been easy. I actually found that to be very reassuring, and it motivated me to keep on working on my own writing project.
Because it's likely to be months (if not years) until I'm ready to publish my current book, I was originally worried that some of the information in "Write.Publish.Repeat" would be out of date by the time it came to publishing and marketing (because the world of indie publishing seems to change and evolve really quickly). But they cleverly focus on the long-term strategies rather than short-term tactics of marketing a book. So I feel that when I'm getting to the final draft of my book then the advice in "W.P.R." will still be relevant and applicable, and I can re-read those bits of advice when they are more relevant to each stage of publishing that I reach.
In summary they talk a lot of sense - based on both good and bad experiences that they've had - and give useful and practical advice but in an entertaining way instead of the traditional 'dry' non-fiction format. I loved this book and now I want to read all of their other ones.
A no nonsense yet entertaining book and excellent kick up the backside (for me anyway) on how to get on with it and why.
And yes their frequent mention of their own books worked as I have just purchased Fat Vampire (the title alone makes it worth checking it out!).
Reading Write , Publish, Repeat was an investment of my time that was well worth spending. Now to boot up the laptop and stop blo#*dy procrastinating!
There were two main takeaways from this book for me. 1. Affirmation that I'm doing a lot of the right things now and 2. I picked up lots of other ideas for things I am not doing, that I will now apply.
I loved the conversational style of the writing and it suited me to a T. The guys are very honest about their own experiences to date and open about their personal lives, and it helped me connect to the material. I also found it very motivational and inspirational.
There was some repetition within the first third of the book, but I just skimmed over those parts.
I really enjoyed the author interviews at the back.
All in all, an excellent book. I've already recommended it to several people I know who are getting ready to self-publish.
Actua Rating: 4.5 Stars