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In true Bell style, he took a subject that many find complicated and confusing and boiled it down to its essence. If you have heard of self-publishing, but have no idea what it really takes, this book will give you the overview you need without overwhelming you with too many details.
As for me, I'm pretty familiar with the subject. The reason I'm recommending this book (and the reason I'll happily pay for it again if it comes out in print just to have a hard copy) is because this book is a perfect, condensed "plan of attack" for self-publishing. I can look it over again and again in the coming months to remind myself of where I'm at in the process and what's next. Each section gives me topics to research, tactics to try, pointing me in the right direction if I need a little push or run out of ideas.
Oh, and one other bonus: Bell's writing is, as always, witty and engaging. His examples are irreverent and anything but dry. Even in his non-fiction, he shows you what he means instead of telling you. I've actually been in the classroom learning from James Scott Bell, and it's amazing -- he's even more engaging in person! If you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops or seminars, do it!
The author's style, voice, and intention show his humanity and good intentions.
One can't help but wish him the best, but this is a lousy book.
Marketing section quickly shifts to choosing a cover and other book production decisions, and a discussion of costs. The subject of marketing returns in the skimpy, seven-page discussion of promotion, which really provides no new information at all. It's all the same advice you can find in 70 percent of the discussions of this kind online.
One piece of unusual information is the answer to the question the author asks twice: what promotional effort works and what does not.
Answer: No one knows.
This is a key question for self-publishing authors to answer. It is refreshing for an author to admit that he will not provide an answer (whether or not he knows the answer is another matter, as he seems to know how to sell his books). But the message is clear: the answer is not provided here.
The book is a thin 127 Kindle pages long.
This is by no means a comprehensive, full, and well organized discussion of self-publishing. It feels like maybe seven magazine articles for Writer's Digest were pieced together.
I recommend that readers interested in this subject look at online writing magazines and also search Amazon for "real books" on the subject, that is, books by professionals that took maybe one or two years to think about, research, and write.
I know I am going to get heat for this thoroughly honest critique, predominantly by those who don't know how to read a negative review without feelings of fear and intolerance. Nothing to be done about that.
I with the author the very best and hope he can produce better books looking forward.
The book isn't bad but if you're looking for more practical and detailed information, "The Self Publishing Toolkit: How to Publish & Sell Kindle ebooks on Amazon" by Daphne Dangerlove and "Think Like a Publisher" by Dean Wesley Smith are better options.
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