The New Author by Ruby Barnes

The New AuthorThe New Author by Ruby Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There are at least three reasons why you should read and digest this book:
1. you want to be an author;
2. you have already written a novel and want to publish it as an ebook;
3. you want to promote yourself as an author.

This book is a beginner’s guide on how to do the above. It isn’t a magic elixir for foolproof million copy marketing of your ebook. It is based upon the experiences of this author and a broad-based peer group.

What this book does and does not contain

The scope of this edition is deliberately limited to basic novel writing guidelines, first practical steps in building and operating a social media platform for authors, and the process of epublishing a novel on Amazon KDP and other market channels via Smashwords. A list of recommended further reading is provided that covers the subject matter, should readers wish to delve deeper into these areas.

This edition of The New Author does not contain a method approach to novel writing, advice on publishing in print or a prescriptive ‘silver bullet’ approach to ebook marketing.

The internet is a labyrinth of blogs, websites and web-based tools. User interfaces are constantly being improved, upgraded and changed. No screenshots have been included in this book in order to avoid early obsolescence and to keep the format and page display simple and readable. Hyperlinks to the internet have not been used for similar reasons and to avoid accidental use by the increasing number of ereaders with touch screens.” -Goodreads.com

My Review:

      I received this book as a good reads first reads. This is the first, first reads book, that I've given 5 stars, which is interesting since it is non-fiction. It is full of so much great information if you're thinking of writing and publishing, not just an ebook, but any book. It mainly consists of three parts: writing your novel, building a social media platform, and publishing an independent ebook. The author takes everything in a step by step process as he holds your hand through your journey, instilling wit and knowledge based on his own mistakes and successes. The New Author is told in a very personable aspect, which makes reading it enjoyable and easy to follow. I've tried reading some other books on how to be a better writer, but they all seemed to textbook-like and preachy. Granted I'm still floating in part one (writing my novel), but it was extremely informative on what I should be looking forward to do in respect to my commitment on finishing my book. The Top Ten Tips in the conclusion of the book really summarized and solidified the book for me. I'm actually looking forward to re-reading the book several times with a highlighter in hand. This book is a great aide and will be a great reference as I continue my own "Authorly" journey.

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