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Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success Audible – Unabridged

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By David Gaughran on December 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a pretty popular blog on self-publishing, and I've written a couple of books on the topic myself - meaning I've read a lot on the topic and come across lots of different strategies and approaches to building a loyal audience. For my money, this is the best book on self-publishing out there.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, someone who has published a few books, or have a lot of experience, you will get a huge amount from this book, which is jam-packed with all sorts of useful information. It's like a How To on how to build a publishing empire. I had several lightbulb moments reading this book, and I know you will too.

These guys know what they are talking about, they have published millions of words, self-published to great success, sold a series to Amazon, and built a loyal readership that will follow them anywhere.

And they tell you how to do it too. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

EDIT: I received an ARC of this book, but without any agreement to review, let alone give any certain type of review. I receive tons of ARCs all the time and most never even get read, let alone reviewed...
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There are a lot of great things I could say about this book. It's funny. It's informative. Rather than going through a bullet point list of its many merits, let me focus on the quality that I enjoyed most.

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.
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Love the Self-Publishing Podcast but wish that you could cut through the 30 minutes of inside jokes, discussions of the corpulent undead, or genre-specific unicorns and get to the useful content? This book is for you!

An honest look at the world of self-publishing that doesn't promise Internet Gold in 48 hours (registered trademark) in exchange for $97. Rather, it offers specific instructions on how to get launched as an indie author when starting from nothing, and an honest appraisal of the work involved. Written by guys who know their trade and have inspired me to make the dream happen.
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It's kind of like seeing somebody walk down the street, and noticing that his fly is open. He doesn't know why you're looking at him, and he may not know that he's embarrassing himself, but the fact is he left his fly open. He wasn't thinking when he put on his pants, or after he relieved himself. Either way, he's doing something he shouldn't be, and it draws your attention.

Now imagine this person is presenting himself as an authority on fashion. This isn't just somebody you happened to see walking down the street, this is somebody is telling you that he knows how fashion works; that he's an expert on how to put together an outfit, and how to present yourself at your best. This is somebody who somehow managed not to notice that his fly was down, and it makes a difference. Tell me where your confidence level would be at this point

Sadly, that's the way I felt about this book. I went into it hoping that I was going to get some juicy tips and sage advice behind all of the productivity implied by the conversations I hear on the podcast these guys produce. I still listen to the podcast, and I enjoy it, but it's disappointing to see the actual writing their method produces.

I guess I should have known when I look at the preview, and noticed that they were using the word I in the clause, "But even with only Sean and I writing," where they should have used me or, arguably, myself. It's not a really big thing. You have to be a grammar sticker these days even to worry about it. But still, these guys are passing themselves off as authoritative writers and publishers. They should take a stronger position than the lay reader on the correct use of language.

Personally, I like watching the way language evolves.
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