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4.0 out of 5 stars All You Need is Belief!the consequent changed, 1 May 2014
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This review is from: Self-publish With Integrity: Define Success in Your Own Terms and then Achieve it (Kindle Edition)
Dan Holloway's book on the place of self-publishing in a writer's armoury is well worth reading. As its title indicates the book has a sharp hortatory edge - not, this is how to do it, so much as you constantly need to ask yourself as a writer: why are you doing this and for whom? Dan neither recommends nor disparages the self-publishing process, but simply accounts for his own need for and indeed love of its opportunities, and the changes in his lifestyle it has afforded him. The book is a refreshing change from other s-p how-to books obsessed with 'success' and burgeoning sales figures.

Encourage others, but do not give them false hopes; be aware that well-meant comfort or praise is often deleterious to a writer: 'the single biggest problem with "you'll get there in the end" is that ... most of us won't.' That's telling it like it is and that's healthy for everyone, that writers, readers and publishers. One of the huge pitfalls of self-publishing is that with digitalisation it has become so easy; it's so democratic that gatekeepers have been swept aside by gate-crashers. Holloway doesn't exactly say this, but it's self-evident that we now have an escalating Kindle slushpile.

Look for an audience, no matter how small! Write because you love writing and need to communicate with others! Forget sales targets, prizes and reviews from the famous, because these aspirations stand in the way of your real task in life! Well, the book's a bit evangelical in fact, unswerving in its appeal to morality and conscience. Examine yourself and your motives and you'll be the wiser for it. I enjoyed it very much. It's concise and pointed throughout and not devoid of humour.
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