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A Seriously Useful Author’s Guide to Writing a Marketable Book
by Charlie Wilson, Troubadour Publishing Ltd. 2012
There are many books for authors on how to write a book and here comes another one. I’ve now reviewed quite a few of these and Writing a Marketable Book is amongst the better ones.
For starters, author Charlie Wilson has published a number of successful books, so she immediately has credibility. Wilson takes us through the entire gambit of authoring and publishing from a self-analysis of have we got what it takes, through to marketing and beyond.
Wilson displays an easy writing style with plenty of examples of how to and how not to succeed with your book. Each chapter is well structured with key points (such as Try This, Remember) examples (two types unmarketable books – UMB and marketable books – MB) and a Toolkit where she invites you to set up a place for putting all the good bits of info you glean.
As the title suggests, this book emphasises the marketability of the book and the author proposes this should start right at the beginning – Thinking and Planning. I liked the fact that the book caters (in separate sections) for fiction and non-fiction writers, including the title, content/setting, structure, characters plot etc., all the while keeping in mind the intended audience and how to sell the concept to them.
As an author myself, the key question is, “Did I learn anything new?” I have to say that I did and I’ll be putting this into practise very shortly, so that’s a good recommendation for intended readers.
As an author of a self-published book, I was looking forward to the words of wisdom from someone who had done it all before – successfully marketed and sold many books. Unfortunately, they’re not here. One thing this book lacks is credibility. I could not find reference to previous works of the author’s that had been successful, nor were there any personal experiences of what worked and what didn’t.Read More
The title “To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish?” suggests the budding author will be provided with a decision-making template. Rooney gives a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of self-publishing. He has the experience – author of seven books and publisher of a well known authors’ website – to do just that.
The Book provides very useful service selection criteria and the critiques of providers will be particularly helpful for someone contemplating self-publishing.
Would the prospective author be now able to make a decision on self-publishing?Read More
Writing: A User Manual by David Hewson, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London 2012I’ve intuitively known that I like certain authors more than others (for instance in the same genre). Now, after reading David Hewson’s book, I understand why.
This book is an enigma. It has some brilliant content, yet the writing style detracts from an otherwise great primer for first time writers.
The hints and tips are wide ranging (including some I’d not come across before) and very useful. There are also very good examples of how certain concepts come together – for example, “Duplification” (the dual use of a prop or other facet within a story). Add the many buzz lists on topics such as “Types of works”, “sorts of plot” and “Dramatic possibilities” and one has an excellent source for getting started on that “first great novel”.Read More
When I first opened my package to find “Copyright Law for Writers, Editors and Publishers”, I thought “Oh, no, how am I going to get through this?” However, when Gillian Davies suggested I go straight to the Confetti Records case in Chapter 14 for entertainment, I knew this book was going to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoyable? I can see the author’s wry smile and others frowning as they try to reconcile “enjoyable” with “Copyright Law”.
With non-fiction books, one of the first things I look for is the author’s intent. My apprehensions were eased with comments such as “Unless you are already an expert do not expect to understand this” and “Allow the warm glow of copyright logic to flow over you”.Read More
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