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Sell Your Books!: A Book Promotion Handbook for the Self-Published or Indie Author: Book marketing for the self-publishing author Kindle Edition
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I was given an advance review copy of this book - but I then went on to buy the paperback anyway, because I loved it so much and knew I'd want to refer to it again and again. Debbie Young writes in an engaging and authoritative manner, and clearly has many years of experience helping clients sell their books. Even though I know quite a lot about this topic already, and have tried many of the tasks in the book at one time or another, I still found lots here to inspire me and many techniques or ideas that I haven't yet tried.
This book is informative, eminently useful to any author - self published or not - and manages to cover a wide range of topics without skimping on detail. An absolute must-buy for any new author, and a valuable resource for all.
She leads the reader through topics such as, targeting markets, selling locally, harnessing the internet, pitching to a bookshop and much more. Well worth buying if you want to construct a proper sales campaign and give your book the push that it deserves.
The answer is to market it, to get the word out - and to do that, this delightfully written "How To" book could be your answer.
Written in a friendly, simple, manner it is full of hints, tips, do's and don'ts. Every Indie author should have a copy!
This may not be good news, but now the hard part begins - marketing and selling your book. It's like pregnancy, which you thought was hard; once the baby is born, then the slog begins. Luckily, Debbie Young has written a
book stuffed with good information, practical steps and common sense to get us through the early years phase. Debbie covers the current market, how to plan a campaign, identifying your market, using media, social and print/radio, getting into retail outlets and budget considerations.
The only thing that could have possibly enhanced it was an outline time plan, but perhaps that's going to be included in the second edition ;-)
Thoroughly recommended for all authors.
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WAIT - don't just assume I have given it a good rating because of this fact. I received a review copy and read the book in 3 days and did so because it was very readable and very accessible and summarized in 150 pages the essence of good book promotion.
Debbie Young has spent a long time pulling together all the various aspects of book promotion that a self published author needs to look at. I started on my own self publishing journey in October 2009. I made a LOT of mistakes in my journey and as a result wasted a lot of time and money. Now - 3 years on I can honestly say I WISH this book was available then.
Any criticism or comments? Well IMHO I think the chapter at the end on editing, typesetting and cover design really belongs at the very beginning. I wasted a LOT of time and effort producing poor quality designs and because at the start I had no editor my product suffered. I now have an editor and a book design artist and have learnt quite a bit about typesetting. So READ chapter 12 FIRST and get all those ducks in a line before you proceed.
I would also have liked to see an advanced chapter for those of us doing all this stuff already
Having said all that I found that the book prompted me to look at areas where I was not active enough and in January when I sit down to work out my plan for 2013 I will refer to this book.
So if you are a starting out self published author read this book. It will tell you all you need to know to begin book promotion.
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