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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of important mistakes, disjointed and she doesn't follow her own advice., 8 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: How To Self-Publish: A Do-It-Yourself Approach (Kindle Edition)
Yikes! Just read this book.

The author gives you a clear procedure for how to lay out your self-published book - but she doesn't follow her own procedure - it's not laid out in a logical flow and her book is full of typos, despite her telling you to get it proof-read by many and to read it yourself at least 5 times. It doesn't look like it was even spell-checked.

The mistakes include the very html code that she is recommending you copy and paste into your Kindle book - they could completely corrupt it and would certainly limit its functionality.

The whole book feels like a bunch of unedited transcripts from interviews with possible experts, but it's not clear what they are experts in or why we should listen to them. It never feels clear 'who' is speaking.

Also, she makes the whole process far more complicated (and in places it's downright wrong!) than it needs to be and she's behind the times because you can now go straight from Word to CreateSpace and Amazon KDP without needing to stress about HTML or scary formatting processes. This is despite that having been the case for quite a while and this book only having been published 8 weeks ago.

She mentions all of the pictures of the processes that are on her blog, but she could easily have included them in the Kindle and this would have made it a much better book - I'm guessing she doesn't know how?

Regarding ISBNs, she talks about the extended distribution from CreateSpace, but forgets to mention that you can only get it if you have a CreateSpace-assigned ISBN - a REALLY important point for USA-audience authors.

She glosses over Kindle Select (a really important issue, since it would prevent you from digital publishing elsewhere, but could net you more than your sales!)

Regarding pricing, she misses out the whole royalties bit on KDP - that certain prices get lower royalties.
And she sums up this section of the e-book with her comment "Pay less than $1.99, people will be expecting junk." Her book was half that - hmmmm...

She covers the whole of Facebook in about 150 words ("you have to do it, so do it, create a personal profile and add lots of people as friends" - how to get your account blocked!). It's against Facebook's terms to use your personal profile to promote a business, such as a book. You have to use a page... So she's setting self-publishing authors up for serious slapped wrists.

Also, establishing your 'platform' and 'potential reader base' is the most essential part of self-publishing, as there is no publisher to do it for you. It should ideally begin months before the book is finished and most definitely should include a comprehensive Facebook and Twitter campaign. It is certainly worth more than a short paragraph in a 'how to self-publish' book.

There is some useful stuff on offline promotions and PR - and that's where the benefit of this book lies.

The danger is that if you are new to self-publishing (i.e. this book's target audience), then you won't spot the mistakes, other than the obvious typos. This might even come across as being authoritative and 'good advice'.

If you really want to go-it-alone and publish your own book, her advice, typos, mistakes, misunderstandings and over-complicating of the process will make it much harder for you. To be honest, it feels like it was knocked together in a weekend, in order to cash in on the self-publishing advice market.

Bottom line: please don't position yourself as an expert in Kindle self-publishing unless you actually are one. xx
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