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Createspace and Kindle Self-Publishing Masterclass - Second Edition: The Step-by-Step Author's Guide to Writing, Publishing and Marketing Your Books on Amazon Kindle Edition
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Most books written by people who know fall into the trap of only being easy to follow by those who already know. This applies to most technical books and the Amazon pdf on how to format your book for Create Space. Rick's book understands this and tells you in Plain English everything you have to do to write, publish and sell your book.
Having read the Kindle version of the book I immediately bought a paper version to live on my desk.
In my first week of publication this book has already helped me to get 270 downloads of my Kindle book and to sell 12 paperbacks.
His writing is straightforward, friendly and in a chatty style. Starting from scratch, he leaves no stone unturned in his explanations. Mind you, after 70-odd pages elucidating the pros and cons of various software and various approaches to book-writing; I was desperate for him to get down to the nitty-gritty. But it’s worth ploughing on, as he doesn’t get round to it until Chapter 6.
However, once the preliminaries are over, he comes up trumps with his everything-you-need-to-know instructions on preparing and getting your book set up in CreateSpace and Kindle formats.Thiis has helped me to familiarise myself with the process. And he follows through with a great deal of generalised advice on covers (such as adding artwork in ‘layers,’ but unfortunately without any precise details of how to do it); plus marketing, pricing, reviews (but not how to get them), tax, tracking, and loads of other useful stuff, for which I am most grateful.
Although other more experienced Kindle and CreateSpace authors find the book is lacking in some areas, as a know-nothing ‘newbie’ I have no idea what he has left out, but what is there has definitely made me comprehend the process much better.
However, even I have a few niggles, such as his numerous typos and grammatical errors (that he so emphatically warns us against); which is why I had to laugh when I came across the sentence: “I’m so arrogant and confident that I reckon I’m the best grammaticist I know.”
In a few instances he omits to explain some new ‘seemingly self-evident’ function. For example, “Because you're using right-justification, you should set up Automatic Hyphenation”, which may confuse beginners like me (and did for a while) by not having it clearly explained. He also mistakenly advises “Some Product Descriptions will contain advanced formatting, such as orange coloured headers,” which delighted me for a moment, until I asked for it. But the Amazon staff told me they do not offer this function. It is only possible if you know how to use the geeky html coding.
So I have to knock off one star for the omissions and lack of proper proof-reading.
However, on the bonus side, he generously offers several free “How to” videos (in return for your email, of course) which I found really helpful.
So in all, I am happy to have the book, and if you are completely new to self-publishing, you won’t regret buying it either.
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