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Writing for Profit or Pleasure: Where to Publish Your Work Paperback – July 5, 2011
About the Author
Allan Douglas (pen name of Douglas Allan Bittinger) has been an author, writer, and prattler since the 1970's; published mostly in magazines. He has three books to date (one by a commercial publisher, two self-published) and more on the way. He lives on a mountainside in the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee with his wonderful wife, and a pair of 85 pound bulldogs. He is a master woodworker, former custom furniture maker and once dreamt of sailing the world in a Bristol Channel Cutter. Stories about this and his life as a mountain man wannabe are posted to his blog DougBittinger.com/thoughts/
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Honest information without the get rich hype.
Useful up to date information.
I have spent a lot more money and received a lot less information from other books.
If your an aspiring writer, hit the buy button and save yourself a lot of frustration.
Longer version: I'm rating Alan's book with five stars because I'm of the mind that unless a book is junk, it rates five stars. Should I decide that it gets even a star less, rather than give the author a crummy review I'll contact the author if possible and give him my review with recommendations. A LOT of work goes into producing a book!
Mr. Douglas does not disappoint.
There are about 15 buhzillion books on writing available, starting from about 3000 BC, so what makes this one worth your hard earned money?
First, at the price, why not? The price isn't a factor. More important is your time. This will be a quick first read with plenty of material that applies directly to your situation to revisit to re-read carefully and apply.
This book is best for folks who may be thinking of publishing a book, but, like me, not so long ago, are starting from square one. It's for beginners.
From that standpoint it ought to be sitting dog eared on a shelf in every hometown library. I surely would have loved to have had it in my grubby paws as a youngster writing my first piece for hopeful publication.
I would say about 3/4th of the book is involved with giving the new author the tools to publish to electronic format like Kindle. Then, along with that, all the other publishing modes are covered from the vanity press to a sure enough hide bound edition. Douglas even discusses how to get a writing gig at the local news rag. He did it. I did it. You can too! Seeing your byline is FUN!
What the book is, is a guide to publishing. What it is not is a guide to how to write. Naturally, before attempting to write the next great whatever for publication, one must do the homework to understand how to compose the text.
In the matter of formatting those words correctly for publication Alan's book shines.
As with many books of this nature, while designed for the total newbie, there are many nuggets for established writers as well. For example, how much do you know about copyright law and such? It's explained in the book.
There was one thing I was wondering, since this book was published in 2011, I know Amazon's publishing methods change over time. About 2/3rds of the way through his book, I found this: "A book such as this one will need to be updated regularly as the processes the book covers change."
So, I'm assuming that when you buy, you're getting the latest information. I couldn't fault anything that I read. That is, with my limited general and specific knowledge I couldn't find anything that contradicted what I have learned to date from some pretty intense research. The book is a great time saver.
Therefore, especially, if you are thinking of jumping into the world of the published writer, this is a good all around primer for the purpose. It will save you a LOT of time hopping around Google looking for answers. Douglas already did that for you, along with his obvious personal professionalism on the topic of publishing.
And, this is important. This book covers a lot of topics, even to blogging, including some things the beginner might not even know exists. Being made aware of something new will allow you to go do your own good research to expand your writer's horizon.
My only um hmm? The title, "Writing For Profit Or Pleasure."
To the new writer, I say, write for fun, but don't write for free. The only true measure of success is shekels in your pocket. If someone thinks your stuff is good enough to pay to read it, then you're a real writer! Leave that writing strictly for pleasure stuff to your kid sister and her diary! Ha!
Lastly, unlike yours truly, Douglas isn't in love with his own writing. There's little fluff. It's 99% meat. Get it. Love it. Live it! Expand your writing career with it.
Besides all that, the book is extremely enjoyable to read. Allan has a very professional and cordial tone that pervades his work. The book itself, which is extremely concise, can be read in just a few sittings. Utilizing graphs and screen shots, you will gain a very complete technical understanding of the process of writing a book in Microsoft Word or creating your own blog. If it's in his table of contents, you can do it!
Perhaps most importantly, this book will explain how to bring awareness to your work by snowflaking, or leaving smaller posts on various forums that point others to your main work. Allan clearly demonstrates how this should be done so that you don't develop a reputation as a "spam slinging alien lifeform," but instead become actively engaged in the publication communities that are pertinent to your own, thereby being accepted into them and not marked as someone out for personal gain.
Allan's opinion about becoming rich overnight is very clear. His attitude toward everything, in his own words, is this: "I will not try to tell you how to do what I am not doing myself." This is a book for serious people with serious intentions. That being said, his book has convinced me that with some years of involvement in the publication community, your work can gain real worth! Ultimately, Writing for Profit or Pleasure: Where to Publish Your Work will enable you to enter the complex realm of publication respectably, growing your name as a writer and establishing yourself in the industry. So kick back, pop open a bottle of root-beer, and begin your journey as a published author with Allan Douglas' Writing for Profit or Pleasure: Where to Publish Your Work.
5 July 2011