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on Oct. 03, 2011 :
Full of helpful links and other information for any writer considering self-publishing their work. A very handy manual.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
I was disappointed and frustrated with this book. It contains a large amount of information - and it's likely I will go back to it to refer to - about the making of E-books.
The main frustration was that a huge chunk of the book consisted of web-sites. I was reading on Kindle and looking up web-sites is almost useless on Kindle. It may be OK if you are looking for one piece of information, but impossible to navigate and explore. Hyperlinks were provided, but it would have been much more useful to have spelled out the URL: then at least, I could have had my laptop open next my Kindle and checked out the sites.
There were many lists of ideas and resources, but these were not shaped into a bigger picture. I am reader who needs to begin with that bigger picture; other readers may enjoy the hunt and peck immersion in bites of information.
While the information contained in the book is all fine, I would recommend anyone serious about writing an E-book either to consult the many good books on writing, or to go straight to a formatting guide like Smashwords.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2011 :
I am a newcomer to the world of ebooks. I found this book to be a wealth of information. It is organized in a step by step fashion through the different aspects of the ebook publishing industry. It is presented in somewhat of a checklist fashion with numerous links to websites and other resources that can be of help in ebook publishing. According to the author, "There, I just emptied my brain and computer into this ebook."
I read the book once straight through. Now I will re-read it at my computer, bookmarking resources as I go.
I was concerned that the book may quickly become dated because of all the links. However, that concern is addressed by the author. She provides a link to join a mailing list. She plans on sending out updates twice a year.
Thank you for gathering your research and lessons learned in one place!
*** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
James Wallace Birch
on Aug. 04, 2011 :
The (almost) Complete DIY Guide to eBook Publishing is just what it sounds like. It’s a how-to manual for anyone looking to get into self publishing.
As someone new to the self publishing scene, this work has been invaluable for me. Russel takes the reader through pretty much the entire process from writing to formatting, to finding your audience, to successfully promoting your work.
To me, there are two key strengths to this book. The first is the thoroughness of the author’s overview of the publishing process. She seems to hit every step along the way and it is clear it comes from personal experience. Second, is the host of resources the author offers. There are dozens of links out to additional resources for every topic. Like any good reference, I suggest printing this book out, sitting down with a highlighter and pencil, and taking notes as you read through. You’ll want to come back as there is simply too much rich information to get it all in one reading. But be sure to have your computer close by. There are tons of links in this ebook to additional resources you’ll want to explore. Each time I read through this book, I something new to learn or explore.
What's cool is, this is a living document. Russell says buyers will get an updated copy when new additions have been made... I believe I read somewhere that this is done twice yearly, but don't quote me on that. I can't seem to find where I read that.
This book is written in a very colloquial manner and there are a few grammar errors or typos here and there. But it didn’t bother me, though it might bother some. The book reads as though the author sat down and dumped the wealth of her knowledge late one night into a document. For me, that was a positive thing. Imagine having access to someone’s body of experience in self-publishing as well as their list of bookmarks on the topic for $.99. That’s exactly what this book is.If you're looking for someone to do the work for you - you won't find that here (nor anywhere else, I imagine). And I think some people may not realize that. This is a reference - a lake of links to other resources - coupled with an explanation of the publishing process. If you understand that, as I said, your going to get your .99 cents worth - and I believe it is well worth it!
Read the rest of my review on my self publishing and social media blog here:
(reviewed the day of purchase)