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The Author's Guide to Publishing Success (Previously: The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Bennington
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Book Description

“Jeff Bennington has an understanding of the e-book business that truly impresses me. I’ve taken his advice and it has made a huge difference in my career as an author. I highly recommend this book.” ~ Al Boudreau, author of In Memory of Greed

"The Indies Author's Guide has made a huge impact on my sales. I've only just started incorporating what I've learned and in three days have tripled my sales." ~ Robbi Bryant, author of The Beautiful Evil

"If you are preparing to self-publish, and even if you've already done so, you need this book! Finally, a guide that covers it all... every aspect of book creation from humble beginning to publishing success! This guide is my "go to" writer's bible! High praise to Jeff Bennington for creating a writer's gold mine of information and advice." ~ Deborah Hughes, author of Be Still, My Love

From the Author of Reunion, a #1 Amazon best-selling ghost story.
Reader Voted Breakout Author of 2011 ~ Goodreads

The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe is meant to help any author, whether they are traditionally published or self-published, to take one step further in their journey. This book is designed to encourage and inspire authors in their craft, and give creative ideas that can improve sales and grow your author platform.

If you bought a book about self-publishing 6 months ago, it is ancient history.

The Guide Includes Helpful Information Like:
~Encouraging Stories
~How to Build a Blog Tour
~Your Role as Marketer
~Marketing Strategies
~Your Role as Publisher
~Author Blogging
~The Ultimate Book Promotion
~Understanding "Floatation Pricing"
~How to Build an Author Platform
~Selling and Price-point Strategies
~Strategies for Navigating Amazon's KDP Select Program
~Understanding the Indie Author Movement
~Helpful links
~Tips From Best-selling Indie Authors Like Scott Nicholson, Bob Mayer, Joanna Penn, Blake Crouch, Robert Bidinotto, Richard Bard, Amber Scott, Melissa Foster, Saffina Desforges and many more!

"If I only had one resource to effectively promote, market, and sell my novels, it would be the Indie Author's Guide. It is definitely the roadmap to success with each step of the way carefully marked and easy for anyone to follow." ~ Caleb Pirtle III, author and publisher from Venture Galleries

Jeff is the Author of Reunion, Twisted Vengeance, and Creepy: A collection of scary stories. He Blogs at The Writing Bomb and is the founder of The Kindle Book Review. Jeff is also an author consultant and has helped other writers hit the Amazon Top 100.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @TweetTheBook, and Facebook. Check out his Author Services Page at The Writing Bomb and The Kindle Book Review.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Nexgate Press (23 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D0HTFE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Bennington is the author of REUNION, an AmazonUS and AmazonUK bestselling supernatural thriller, TWISTED VENGEANCE and CREEPY, a collection of scary stories. He blogs at The Writing Bomb and is the founder of The Kindle Book Review. When Jeff isn't writing and blogging, he's busy raising and homeschooling his four children with his wife in Indianapolis, Indiana...which incidentally, is where TWISTED VENGEANCE takes place. Go Colts!

Jeff has written political thrillers, supernatural thrillers and suspense, but he doesn't want to be pigeonholed. You never know what he's going to write next, but you can bet that it will be suspenseful, intriguing, romantic or thrilling -- but not necessarily in that order. His blog posts can be funny, inspiring or informative; depends on his mood. He is truly a creative soul. He designs his own book covers, has been drumming for over 30 years and loves creating glass mosaics!

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @TweetTheBook and his blog, The Writing Bomb. If you enjoyed any of his works, please write a review and then look Jeff up online. He'd love to hear from you!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are thinking of independently publishing your own book, or if you have already published it but need to know how to maximise the opportunity that indie publishing offers, I can't recommend this book highly enough. It manages to successfully blend practical advice with a realistic approach to the more emotive elements of publishing, such as the expectations we all place on ourselves, the struggle to get noticed and the excitement of seeing our books rise through the charts. Jeff Bennington's book will help with all of that and more.

When I wrote the title to this review, I was thinking of my own experience as an indie author and publisher; my first book was published a four months ago. And I knew nothing. A big fat nothing. I had nine - yes, just nine - followers on Twitter, and I didn't know why it mattered. But I'm a bit of a computer geek and a research fanatic, so I spent weeks and weeks finding out what I needed to do. The sad thing is, I could have found it all - and more - from The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe. The time that I spent finding out what to do could have been spent DOING it!

I read this book in one sitting - and realised that despite my many hours of research over the last few weeks, there was still so much advice in this book that I could put into practice (and already have). So whether you are thinking of indie publishing, or you've already started but need all the help you can get, I strongly recommend that you buy this book and I wish you every success in your writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable! 15 Jun. 2012
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The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe is full of excellent advice and tips on how to get your indie book out there, written in a style that is friendly, relaxed and humorous and yet still manages to retain an authority about it - Jeff Bennington has done this and come out the other side (Well, I say 'come out the other side', it's possible more accurate to say that he is deep in the middle of it, but he is winning).
The book doesn't focus on how to write, assuming that if you've bought this book you're already a writer. What it does do is to show an approach to publishing and marketing your book yourself, without relying on the traditional route. Coming, as it does, from a highly successful indie author, it has a certain amount of persuasive force behind it: It IS possible to make a success of going it alone.
However, Jeff doesn't stint on letting you know exactly how difficult it's going to be. Writing is hard and is practically a second job in itself. Publishing and marketing are third and fourth jobs on top of that. He makes no bones about what it takes to succeed. But he also emphasises the rewards that come with going indie.
As someone who has just started out down the long road of indie publishing, I found this book invaluable (the highlighted passages fom other readers in the Kindle version are also really useful!) and full of good advice that I'm going to try to apply when it comes to becoming a success in my own right. Buying this book was a large step in the right direction. Thanks for writing it Jeff!

Stephen Mellor - author of The Long Sleep
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILL 20 Mar. 2013
By laura
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What an eye opener! This book is a must for new writers!

Good flow, and alot of useful info and websites, an easy 5* in my eyes-
i like the way the author almost talks to you through his writing, giving the book a more personal touch-
a lot of things he talks about- some people may say are common sense- i completely disagree!!! the websites were all new to me, and so helpful- I commend this author, he has worked so hard to get to where he is now, and is a real inspiration-

I really believe this is a must have for any new author, I have read a few book that "claim" to help new indie authors... for me, this is the best by far, I have a lot clearer view of what we should be doing- it is hard work, the author is very clear about that- but if you really want something- he shows by his story... you can achieve it- look forward to reading the reunion which we have also brought through amazon!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Jeff Bennington gives it to you straight, in this no-nonsense how to become a successful, independently published author. Jeff's put his heart and soul into this and although I don't write fiction myself, gives an insight into what it takes to succeed in the modern day world of self/independent publishing.

Jeff only began writing "seriously" in 2009 but since then I can't imagine anyone learning and then putting more into becoming successful than he. And what's more he's honest, doesn't claim to be the world's most brilliant writer, but simply describes what he's learned along his path from both his mistakes and others'.

He quotes many other successful indie authors, openly disagrees on some aspects of for example John Locke, whilst also praising them too.

Can you afford £2.60? Do you want to know what it takes to become a successful modern day writer? - then buy and read this book, you won't regret it!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Indie Author Knowledge 26 Jan. 2013
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I've read quite a few of these self-help kind of books for 'new-to-it' novelists. This one is a stand-out - the best. Many, many good ideas, tips, motivational stuff. It certainly helped me with the scramble up my steep learning curve!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information
And there was me thinking that writing the book was the hard part! This book gives a lot of information about what you need to do to attract readers to your books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful start-up guide
4.5 Stars (rounding up)

This book works. As a marketing tool for newbies, it's a decent start. It tells you what to expect from the beginning and it delivers. Read more
Published on 10 Nov. 2012 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice for the indie writer
I'd read many websites about selling and promoting your own book, and was starting to get over-whelmed and confused. Read more
Published on 31 Oct. 2012 by Roy Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Author's Dream
Loved this book. As an indie author, this helped guide me through the murky waters of independent publishing to the point where I've been able to publish a book and still have the... Read more
Published on 29 Oct. 2012 by Chris Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for Authors
Wonderful book. Keep re-reading it. Try it for yourself! Jeff Brnnington knows what is useful if you are an Indie Author.
The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe
Published on 26 Sept. 2012 by Susan J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to be an Indie Author? Buy this Book
When I first published independently I floundered about for what seemed an age. I muddled through it for months; trying different strategies with little or no battle-plan, the... Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by BranMakMorn
5.0 out of 5 stars A map and compass for indie writers
THE INDIE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE does exactly what it says on the tin (and in the product description). Read more
Published on 27 Jun. 2012 by Graham J. Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start in your career as a self-published author
Jeff Bennington has the perfect credentials to write this book. He has several books out there that have been a success. Read more
Published on 13 Jun. 2012 by Marion Croslydon
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book.
What a fantastic tool for the indie author! I learned so much from it...what to do...and what not to do. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Ghost Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Indie Authors Must Have...
Having just stepped into the indie author arena, it dawned on me very quickly that producing a knock out book is only just the beginning. Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by David Ayres
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