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Think Like A Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, & Sell Your Book Paperback – September 1, 2013
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"Randy is a wonderful publisher who truly care about his authors and the books he helps bring into the world." -don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements
"Think Like A Publisher is incredible! It may be the single most educational piece of literature ever written on the subject of publishing, and is applicable to both non-fiction and fiction authors. I highly recommend it!" -Shayne Traviss, founder of VividLife.me
"Think Like A Publisher is a must read for both new and experienced authors. After writing and publishing three books, I can honestly say that I wished Randy Davila wrote this book years ago. Its simple, practical and powerful approach gives you all you need to know about authoring your own work. I read the entire book in one sitting and I encouraged my entire staff to read it too. Anyone who wants to write a book and gain valuable insight to the new world of publishing, this book is the magnum opus." -Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, and Evolve Our Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind
About the Author
Randy Davila is the president of Hierophant Publishing and Hampton Roads Publishing Company. He has published many New York Times best-selling authors, including Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Neale Donald Walsch, Richard Bach, Jack Canfield, and more.
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This book is highly readable- something you can't say about all the books in this category. It is concise, there's really not a word wasted (one of the tips, by the way). It is not a technical manual for writers.
Randy Davila knows his subject - he works in the field. He gives tips for both fiction and non-fiction, traditional and e-publishing, and examples from his experience.
Even someone who has read other books on publishing, has done any research or just thought about the topic will find something useful here. Personally, I had given some time to the subject before reading this book, so about half of the information wasn't entirely new. For instance, the tip on covers and cover design didn't provide much new information for me. On the other hand, the tips on platform building and interviews were a goldmine.
Even the parts that I had researched contained a lot of practical information. I would say that, of the topics I had some knowledge of, a good 50% or more was presented from a new perspective or was previously unknown to me.
If you intend to charge other people to read your work, read Th!nk Like A Publisher. It's very much worth the investment, and that is what it is - an investment in the future of your work! It _will_ give you back more than you spend on it.
Randy Davila’s book cleared up this process for me, even after all these years. The frustration of my writing journey was receiving conflicting information over the years, sometimes through unsolicited advice from unpublished writers and professors.
He rekindled my belief that publishing with a traditional publisher is possible for any person who genuinely puts in the work. His experience as an author shines throughout the pages and you can feel his compassion for authors just by reading the book.
I am the first person in my family to publish a book. Sure I have read countless books, articles, and blog posts since my teen years on publishing and writing a book proposal. So some of the information here I knew, but review is good for the soul. When you take your craft seriously, you know you must keep up to date on things you have knowledge of.
Some things like in Tip #21 where Davila mentioned getting access to BookScan (sales data) on your Amazon.com author profile. I was out of the loop with this one, I surely didn’t know. I then checked it out on my Amazon author profile. And what makes a book a best seller? I didn’t know the answer. These pieces may seem obvious to some, but with me coming from a background where no one seemed to know about these things, I was grateful to learn this and several other tidbits.
If a book this clear was available in the 90’s, I would be further ahead in my publishing knowledge and it would have saved me a lot of headaches. I bought the kindle version, so I took physical notes to read use as a reference. I can be confident my twelve-year-old will understand these tips and be better prepared for her writing career.
Buying Mr. Davila’s book is a necessary yet truly inexpensive investment into your writing career. I’ve been writing for years and I can tell you picking up publishing information crumbs for two decades to compile them together yourself is no fun. I especially recommend this book for writers who do not have writing mentors, published friends, and/or an encouraging writing circle.
Love Blessings, Sandra
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class on the same topic. Great job, Randy!