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Review: APE, How to Publish a Book; Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch

Guy and Shawn have not tried to dumb down what is involved in a project as large as learning how to self-publish your own book. Nor have they attempted to make it sound easy, indeed they mention many times about daunting issues with editing, media formats, marketing, finance and the authors own commitment. Despite all these they have successfully trodden a difficult line and instead of scaring tentative self-publishers away from the idea, they have made a mammoth task and steep learning curve seem eminently do-able.

One Simple Idea to Make Self-Published Books Desirable

 

Have you heard any of these recently? If you have been following links in the Sunday Wash-up, the following statements will not be new.

‘Self published books are all dire.’

‘Self publish books are just vanity exercises.’

‘If you self publish your book it will be the kiss of death when finding an agent or publisher.’

And the list [...]

Alternative thoughts; Best Selling or Best Written

I do love life, it is full of little events that you simply could not plan.

Yesterday I posted Rob Parnell’s classic post Murder your Darlings because it turned up on the day I posted the conflicting view Flabby or Plump; Can You Cut Too Deep, also on the same day I read Joanna Penn’s blog [...]

Emotion; The Writer's Sixth Sense

Why would I describe my heavy oak chair as obstinate?

After all how can an inanimate object be obstinate?
Yet I believe you all know why. It is heavy, dark, difficult to move and unyielding. I feel it is obstinate, of course it isn’t, it is only a chair.
The other week Natalie Allan popped a post up [...]

25 Ways To Buzz A Fellow Author: Guest post by Rowena Cherry

My grandmother on the distaff side used to say, “If you’ve nothing nice to say, don’t say anything…” Switch “nice” for “helpful” and you have my current philosophy.

I’ve recently been invited to become a contributing member of the blog “1st Turning Point“, which got me thinking about what I have to offer (or pay forward), [...]

New eBook article at Helium

Just uploaded an article to Helium about the unique features of eBooks. I must admit that my knowledge when I started was sadly lacking and that I have been underestimating the opportunities this technology represents. The article is 1500 words and I had a tough time controlling it from ballooning up into a monster.

Here is [...]