This is a very helpful introductory guide to law for self-publishers. It's not easy to find information on this topic, yet it's very important for carThis is a very helpful introductory guide to law for self-publishers. It's not easy to find information on this topic, yet it's very important for career authors to know. I found the first chapter especially helpful, which discusses how to set up your business properly. It answers questions such as whether you should incorporate or set up a sole-proprietorship. If these words sound foreign, don't worry. The book clearly explains such important concepts. The other especially helpful chapter is the one on taxes. They can be a pain, but reading this chapter should help.
After having read this guide I feel like I have a better general understanding of what my rights are, and how to protect myself from litigation. One of the main themes of the book is quite wise. Take steps to avoid litigation. Defending yourself in court isn't fun or productive, you're better off writing the next book. So avoid that whole headache to begin with. Even if you're on the right side of the law, going to court will cost time and money.
My other favorite part of the book is that much of it can be used as a reference manual. I skipped over a couple chapters that didn't seem too relevant at the moment for me, like "Chapter Nine - Collaborations". But you never know, if I decide to consider collaborating with other writers, then I would definitely look through that chapter later.
I have to recommend this for all self-publishers. This is just one of those areas where you can't afford not to know your rights and how to protect yourself. Of course, some of the topics in this book can expand much deeper, but you have to start somewhere. This is like Law 101 for Self-Publishers.
Edit: I just want to note that although the author makes many recommendations, I think you have to evaluate for yourself the final choices you make. This may involve additional research beyond this book. For example, I'm not completely sold on the idea that ISBNs (at least for eBooks) are worth the cost. This is something I will research a bit further before deciding. Also, I'm not sure that choosing an imprint name (the name I believe shows in your publisher field) will make much of a difference. I think some people may see it as misleading to create an imprint when it isn't a formal publishing press or company.
Most of the author's recommendations seem sound and based on experience, but just consider that you have to choose in the end if something is worth the time and money and what outcome you might get. I keep my 5 star review because obviously the author needs to choose her stance, I just wanted to point out that it's worthwhile to evaluate some topics further for yourself, rather than to mindlessly abide by any recommendations.
I have 2 years experience as an independent author, and 3 years before that as an academic author. This is what my feedback in this review is based off of....more
There are quite a few interesting characters in this book. Some usually go by initials, like S. and H.M. S was an extreme case of profoundly great memThere are quite a few interesting characters in this book. Some usually go by initials, like S. and H.M. S was an extreme case of profoundly great memory, that brought with it other issues in his life. H.M. had his memory center of his brain removed (back when they didn't know that's what it was for). The results there were catastrophic too. You'll learn about a secret society (or not so secret, perhaps if all the readers of this book know about them) of memory geeks with obscure rituals that involve drinking, memorizing, and hassling members of the opposite sex for some kind of affection.
This book isn't a how-to guide for remembering everything, but you can learn some interesting things about memory by listening to the stories Foer tells of his experiences with some of the top memory experts. I like how he contacted Dr. Ericsson when he hits his plateau. That was really interesting to me. Apparently, we all hit plataeus after progressing on a new skill, and we have to learn to escape autopilot to keep pushing through, challenging ourselves to improve. That could mean timing yourself or scrutinizing every 'tiny' mistake you make. It means fighting your natural laziness that wants to relax when you're good enough.
The book gripped me, even though I was already familiar with some of the history of memory. One great thing he did was put most of the book in terms of stories. It wasn't just fact after fact. He either purposely or inadvertently made the book more memorable because we know the background stories behind his journey and the characters in the book.
This book is great if you want to know how to start and build up a mailing list.
Steve Scott establishes just how important the mailing list is. He'sThis book is great if you want to know how to start and build up a mailing list.
Steve Scott establishes just how important the mailing list is. He's had many internet businesses and used mailing lists through all of them. He has implemented mailing lists successfully for his business, so as a novice it makes sense to start with his guidance. Just keep in mind this takes some work. But I expect by following the guidelines in the book the path will be more direct....more
I've read quite a few books on writing, marketing, and so forth. There seems to be a gap out there, where there isn't so much information on the businI've read quite a few books on writing, marketing, and so forth. There seems to be a gap out there, where there isn't so much information on the business side of writing. Thankfully, Joanna Penn saw this, and she has the expertise and practical firsthand knowledge to back it up too.
This book will give you the practical knowledge you need to make your own personalized business plan. You'll answer questions like, is my business idea a good one? How can I do my taxes? What is your production plan (how many books will you write per set of time), who do you need to help you in your business (editors, covers, etc.) and of course, will I make a profit and how can I increase them? There is much more to it, but this is a sampling.
Some of the best features of the book are that she tells you specific tools (programs, apps, etc.) she uses to get the job done. They add up, and you don't need to use them all, but they sure help. Also, I like that she links to outside sources pretty regularly for anyone that wants more detailed information. I plan to follow up on some of those.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about strategy. She emphasizes the importance of your time, and that strategy is choosing what you focus on, as well as what you won't focus on.
If you want to get a bigger picture understanding of your writing career as a business and put yourself on a long-term track to success, this book is a great start. Before this book, if you wanted to understand the business of writing, you probably needed read several business books, and several books on writing for a living, and some blogs. Now, it's all easy to digest in one place.
Bottom line, if you have any interest in making a living and a career out of your writing, read this book.
If/when you get the book, I advise opening up a word file and answering key questions Joanna poses, and jotting down notes on the parts that are most relevant and important to your particular writing. Even if you don't do this, she conveniently has a list of key questions to answer at the end of the book if you prefer. You'll want to have all this information organized in one convenient place....more