- File Size: 1999 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Angela Booth (May 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YBIKT4O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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First, the advice is all over the map. She jumps back and forth with tips about fiction and non-fiction in a way that leaves the reader with whiplash.
Her big idea for writing non-fiction? Go to magazines.com and read headlines. The reasoning? Copywriters knows how to write the killer lines that get people reading... Well... yes, but there's so much more to it than that. As an experienced non-fiction writer, I can attest that you don't come up with a book's worth of material off an article heading. Good starting point? Sure, I'll give her that. But there's so much more to it. Using her reasoning, this is a ONE HOUR activity. BOOM. You've got your book idea. This advice is basically a 1990's internet marketer's tactic for writing SEO articles.
So we have two chapters on writing a non-fiction book fast. Then we move to writing fiction short stories fast. Basic general writing tips I've seen rehashed everywhere.
Moving on to novel length books. Her fiction book tips? Serialize it. (Really.) Say what? Never mind that you must know your genre -- you know, whether or not that market will accept a serial format. For that she says, "just go to Amazon, type in the keyword, and look at the books." Flabbergasting. It's actually a bit more complicated than that.
Then we bounce into novella romance tips for a chapter. (We've left the non-fiction work far behind at this point...) Takeaway: "Be sure to know what your genre wants to see." I guess that's tropes? She doesn't actually use that word. A newbie would be totally lost.
Chapter 7 is the real jaw-dropper. 20 HOT Self-Publishing Tips. We are treated to twenty things you should be doing, but not one ounce of information about HOW to do it, or even a reference to a place she recommends to learn how.
Here are some gems:
-Write fiction short stories. They're faster than novels.
-Pay attention to Amazon's Top 100.
-Look at other's covers
-Create a mailing list (but not how to do it... Just, "create one.")
-Covers again. Explore pre-made covers!
- "Use Scrivener." (But not one reference for where to go to learn it.)
-"Write in Series" (ignoring you need to do market research to figure out which genres will allow this).
"Words Count. Know when to use its and it's." Really!
In our final chapters we end up with Hour 7, you evidently "just edit your work" (because, it's SO easy!) and then Hour 8, just upload it! Woo! How easy was all of this?
This book is quite literally a "stream of consciousness" mind dump from the author. Which, might be great if she included any actual resources or examples. The book tells you what to do, but not how to do it. Even a few "go here, this is a great resource to learn" references would have been great.
Most mind-numbingly, it skips around from non-fiction to short stories, to romance fiction, to general fiction, to serial fiction and then rounds it out with "just edit and publish."
Oh, and the author also says, "never read your reviews." (Because, evidently, she has nothing to learn from her readers.)
I really enjoyed how she crafts out the process and I feel inspired to challenge myself to an eight hour publishing challenge.
Next I want to see how to market and plan a publishing schedule. Thanks Angela !
Angela Booth gets to the point, and sticks with it.
This book has great information and great motivation. I've already started my first self published project based on the teaching in here!