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Susan discusses this issue at length and comes up with a variety of ways to tackle it. The short answer is there is no easy answer and I came to the conclusion that I may need to compromise ie write my novels more to popular genre specifications. However another author may come up with a different plan. Susan says it is still possible to make a good living writing from love rather than money, but it may take more time.
She also covers other necessary topics for indie authors such as defining your goals, balancing writing and life and the joys and challenges of the writing process itself. The book refers a lot to information in the Indie Author Survival Guide and is meant to be read in conjunction with it. Both books make an essential resource for indie authors who are serious about making a living from their books.
“You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.”
Those two quotes (of many that I jotted down) from For Love or Money (Crafting An Indie Author Career) by Susan Kaye Quinn nails how indie authors should go about developing a writing career.
Quinn writes from a philosophical perspective on how indie (I don’t use the term self-published) authors can make a living from their books and how writing for love or money can be beneficial no matter which path a writer takes.I heard Susan Kaye Quinn on The Creative Penn and Author Strong podcasts recently talking about her career (she is best known for her YA Science Fiction: The Mindjack and Singularity Series) and how she has learned to balance writing for love and money. Also, she has published romance novels under a penname that gets quite a bit of attention in For Love or Money.
I read this book in one setting and there are plenty of nuggets to digest like Why Do Want To Write, Creating A Mission Statement, Leave Your Biases At The Door If You Are Writing For Money, Being Patient, & Writing Like You Are On Fire. These are excellent motivational tips that will make a reader dig deeper on how they should craft their career as an indie author.
There are quite a few how-to indie author books on the scene. However, I believe that For Love or Money stands out from the pack because of its philosophical as well as a practical approach to the ever changing world of Indie Publishing. I highly recommend For Love or Money as a permanent resource for Indie Authors to keep on their bookshelf or eReader.
This is for the PRINT VERSION, not the ebook. This is important as some of the flaws are because it seems obvious that ebook/blog was the first priority.
This review is an abbreviated version of my first review as Wordpress hiccupped on me after I finished my first version.
SK Quinn has a likeable tone. The book is very “conversational” which is not going to be for everyone. It focuses on the “writer’s life” more than anything, within the context of self-publishing. There are books on the writer’s life out there already, but this does indeed give a bit of the realistic/modern/self-publishing spin to it.
I have been reading, watching, and participating in the eBook revolution and self-publishing revolution for some time. Nothing she said feels wrong. I really like that she does not imply that all self-published authors are going to be rich if they just do the right thing(s). She does this while remaining up beat.
Only a very small portion of the book is going to be devoted to any real “how to” and even that is more generalized and boils down to write fast and publish often. I am, of course, over simplifying.
Generally, the tone and information are good.
Why, then, 3 stars and not 5. Well, I almost NEVER give 5 stars, so really why 3 not 4?
The book suffers from feeling way too bloggy. It reads like thirty blogs mushed together. It is self-referential also. Tons of what look like links (underlined text) to her other book, or even to chapters within the book. This is a bit of laziness of ebook to print formatting.
There are also tons of “icons” or thumbnails of book covers, which in black and white print really don’t work and also feel bloggy. Really, if these things were eliminated (the repetition, the icons, the self-reference) the book would be about 75 pages.
Ending on a positive note. Those 75 pages are not bad and there are a few little gems in there to keep in mind as a self-published author. SK Quinn makes it clear that not everyone will make a living at this and that for many of us this is not the goal, or shouldn’t be. It is a bit memoir like, so what works for her may not work for you and she is focused on writing a lot. It should take you about two hours to read and in the process mark ten pages that you want to return to and think about.
If you already understand the writing life and the vagaries of self-publishing, you may not get that much from this. Still, I liked the tone and realism, versus so many other books out there that really are saying “pay me to help you get rich and if you don’t get rich, it’s your fault.”
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