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If you write, read this book. No excuses.
on 5 May 2014
This is a data-rich, clearly written 'how-to' book for anyone interested in or considering Independent Publishing. Coker’s passion and interest in Epublising and the changes it brings to communicating the written word, are clear and invigorating. Although Coker is the founder of Smashwords, currently the largest ebook distributer, this book is by no means a mere advert for his company, he mentions it very infrequently.
I learned loads. For example, I hadn't realised that paper books shipped to brick and mortar bookstores only have a few weeks to sell, after which time they are shipped back to the distributor for a full refund to the bookseller. And then they are 'pulped' or remaindered, hence the term 'Pulp Fiction'. Yet with electronic books, not only do they have the more organic time frame of…forever to possibly take off, you can tinker with them even after they are placed with the ebook sellers.
Although of course, as Coker advises repeatedly, it is very important to make your book the best it can be BEFORE placing it on the electronic book shelves. You are your brand when you are a writer, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Ebook publishing is a real revolution in the very way writers and readers interact, truly democratising the process into an ongoing conversation. No excuses. If you write, read this.