- File Size: 958 KB
- Print Length: 178 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1977800467
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Capricornica Publications (October 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0762Q1ZRN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2. Unfortunately, the e-book formatting caused me to have to update my old firmware on my Kindle in order to be able to read the book. Didn't really want to do that but no harm in the end.
3. The advice and directions given in the book are given by the type of author who is able to pump out 4 books a year, a prodigious amount of work. This is not advice from an author who spent 10 years on one book. Nor is she someone who magically won the book lottery with a first hit wonder. She is a professional who works in the trenches supplying a small niche of readers with entertainment they crave regularly.
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5. Even if you don't write or read her genre, the advice and directions are applicable to all.
6. This book is one of three. Getting the other two is mandatory. And the price (of the books) for the research and real world experience offered here is less than the cost of a drink at a bar. And definitely more enlightening.
This book is the first book pulling together years of experience for the writer who wants to become a self-published author. Before the first word appears on the screen, the aspiring writer should pull this book out and read the lessons. There's no get-rich-quick advice here, and there are no shortcuts to success. She offers a three-year plan of writing, more writing, and then more writing. Add in elements of marketing through good blurbs, a website separate from massive retailers, and a mailing list to engage with readers, and the new writer is on the path of hard work toward success.
In the first of these volumes, Patty Jansen gives new writers the shot they need at making some money with their craft. With good writing, a series of books to sell, and some good advice, a writing career is possible.
I've been through dozens of books for writers who want to self-publish. Most books give vague encouragement to keep trying and leave the reader wanting more. Some expect the new writer to have a functioning website, a strong social media presence, and hundreds of email addresses. None start at the beginning as well as Patty. If you are looking where to start before you write your first book, begin here.
I found her advice on KBoards to be excellent. This book is better.
This will not be nearly as useful for authors who are putting all or most of their books into Kindle Unlimited.
The book covers the basics admirably. It's a light and quick read, tho it feels a bit overpriced at $5.
Where the book discusses mindset, it is a gem. Where the book strays into talking about technology, things get a bit hazy, especially the confusing suggestions on WordPress installation, which are probably actually not a good idea (if I understood correctly), and the recommendation of SendinBlue, which is subpar in the key area of deliverability.
What I like most about this author is her no-nonsense approach to the topic. This book is a No-BS Zone.
Authors with some experience will still learn a few new tricks. Brand new authors will find that this saves them a ton of time, but only if they are able to set aside their egos and preconceptions in order to follow this almost uniformly excellent advice.
I was delighted and surprised to read information Patty shared that I've never read in any other writing book before. She pulls no punches either but tells it like it is, which is a welcome relief apart from an unwelcome surge of similar books containing useless information such as, "No hard work required," and "Make loads of money as an indie author," and "Self-publishing is easy. All you do is..."
In this first book of her "Unboxed" series, Patty discusses her proven strategies of climbing the ranks, mailing lists, book covers, author websites, which publishing sites to consider, and a slew of other necessities writer's should think about if they're serious at all about becoming successful independent authors.
As the title suggests, this is a three-year program, so no "get rich quick" scheme here. Just honest, old-fashioned hard work. If you hear anyone say otherwise about writing books, in the words of Patty: "RUN!"
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