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- Print Length: 222 pages
- Publisher: Nexgate Press (23 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007D0HTFE
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Author's Guide to Publishing Success (Previously: The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Highly recommend this to anyone who's trying to 'go it alone'. You're not alone, there are so many of us out there!
Writing this as a ps some weeks later - I am on the first day of my 'free promo', having followed much of Jeff's advice, and my novels have already hit the Top 50. Two more days to go - it works! Buy this book and do what it says!!
Thanks Jeff :)
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!
MB SO YOU WANT TO WIN WIMBLEDON?
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. There's no guarantee it'll work for you and no false hope. Bennington is straightforward, thorough, and polite.
However, some advice didn't sit right with me or didn't appear as fully supported--for instance, he mentioned a "statistical fact" without giving any research to justify his claim. When I did research, the only contributing evidence I found came from reviews on this book, so...
Still, this was a helpful read that introduced me to new marketing techniques and restated the fundamental staples to indie life. I definitely recommend it.
The book reads like a series of blog posts, which is likely what they originally were. Bennington is known for helpful content like this. However, their information was updated at the time of printing, and their short nature means you'll breeze quickly through the book.
What I liked best is that he tells you about his successes, failures, and sales numbers. He's pretty transparent. That's really important to me in a marketing book--if someone is telling me how to market, they have to know what they're talking about. If they don't, the book is worthless.
Bennington is an Amazon top-100 best seller. A few of his books have made it there, actually. He runs the Kindle Book Review: a site dedicated to highlighting quality authors and rewarding them with ad space, awards, and more. He gets roughly 25,000 hits a month between his two blogs. His name crops up a lot in indie author circles. The man has a pretty good idea of what he's doing.
I took a LOT of notes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on 26 May 2014 by Jill Moore
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... Read more
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. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I'd read many websites about selling and promoting your own book, and was starting to get over-whelmed and confused. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2012 by Roy Palmer
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 morePublished on 29 Oct. 2012 by Chris Rose
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
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 morePublished on 9 July 2012 by BranMakMorn
THE INDIE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE does exactly what it says on the tin (and in the product description). Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2012 by Graham J. Sharpe
Jeff Bennington has the perfect credentials to write this book. He has several books out there that have been a success. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by Marion Croslydon
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