Sam Reeves


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Smashwords book reviews by Sam Reeves

  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on June 23, 2012
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    Firstly, the negatives (there's only one to be honest): Mark is a bit repetitive at some stages of the book, mentioning the same thing or point quite a lot of times. 'However', I've noticed this happen a fair few times in 'how to' books, and personally I don't think it's a problem as it's a good way of teaching and hammering a point home. If you ever read the best-seller 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad', you'll see much the same thing. Now onto the positives: Although I was already aware of Smashwords, I had been searching online for the answer to a particular question, that of 'Should an author go Amazon KDP exclusive, or non-KDP exclusive'. Mark answered that question for me, and very logically I might add too, with strong points in his arguments favor. It makes sense in my estimation, but a previous reviewer has the opposing view, so what can you do. Personally, I got exactly what I was looking for, and more... Mark lays out some good methodology for first time e-book publishers with also a fair few facts useful to authors who have already published e-books, yet may have overlooked key points. He also gives some good motivational anecdotes for authors who may feel their e-book is a flop. He does this by presenting Smashwords sales figures charts for some authors books, and shows how sales of an e-book can fluctuate over time. To sum it up, I'd say everyone wishing to self-publish an e-book really should read this first. You can't go wrong, it's free, and although some have said some of the points in the book are obvious, I do not really agree. One persons 'obvious' is not another persons obvious. I give it four stars and not five, only because of the repetition, and that's saying something bearing in mind people say 'I'm' repetitive, people say I'm repetitive, people say I'm repetitive. Not only that, people say I'm repetitive. What do they know! I've already downloaded his other two books on the subject of e-book publishing and I'm sure they will be just as useful. Thanks Mark.