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Coulda. Been. Great.
on March 24, 2012
Ok so I went back and forth between 2 stars and 3. Ultimately I landed on two which I admit is kinda harsh.... but if you're going to publish an ebook about, well, publishing an ebook, you're going to be held to a higher standard.
Case in point. Like most self-publishing folks, she stresses the need for a strong editor. She names her editor as being one she can really trust... (you know where this is going, don't you) YUP, this book REALLY needed an editor. That's one star. She's from the UK and to her credit she tells people to assume that the majority of your readers will be from the U.S. and to write accordingly. She EXPLICITLY says to never use only metric units but to give both for the folks in the new world... Yeah, you know where this is going too. She gives units in cm only. That cost her a star.
However the biggest problem is this. What she knows she knows.... but what she doesn't know she just sorta wings and it gets ugly fast. For example: She does not 100% understand how to zip files and says to zip the files, put the zip file in a folder and zip it again just to be sure. HUH?
And then there is the digital picture thing. Without sounding too much like a jerk... she has no clue what she is talking about. TO HER CREDIT she knows this is not her long suit and she says that and points you to better sources. But the physician's creed comes to mind; 'first do no harm.' Much of what she says is just wrong. Better to say less and be more accurate. AND (sadly) much of what she says is actually correct but then on another page she says the opposite. Talk about needing an editor! It's painful.
But let me say again the most important line in this review. *What she knows she knows.*
The first half of the book is great. I know a fair amount about publishing and I still learned a bunch. --And some of her links are incredible.-- She really found some great resources.
My advice is simple. If you want to learn self publishing, buy the book just for the publishing parts. You can read the second half of the book but keep in mind a lot of what you learn will be kinda wrong in parts. If she cut off the parts she did not really know OR brushed them up so that they were as good at the first half, it would be 5 starts no brainer.
Yes 2 stars is kinda harsh but see the first paragraph, I think it is tough but still fair in this case.