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Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources, including the marketing plan that got her debut novel national distribution - all with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek.

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Published August 10th 2013 by SkipJack Publishing
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Martin Turnbull
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you're starting out on the self-publishing road, the choices and options can be overwhelming. Cover artwork, ebook formatting, website building, social media networking -- every step along the way holds endless choices and you don't want to waste precious time making the wrong one, or worse - not knowing that the right solution for you even exists. There are a number of guides to self publishing out there and I've read a few and, in my estimation, this is one of the better ones. Hutchins wr ...more
Sherreka Burton
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Informative and funny, that's a rare combination in a non-fiction book. ...more
K.L. Romo
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Attention Indie Publishers!! If you want to know how to Indie publish, or Indie market, or Indie anything book-related, this is the book for you!

Pamela Fagan Hutchins puts a humorous spin in this how-to book which is literally bursting at the seams with information on being a successful Authorpreneur. LOSER, as she affectionately refers to her guide, gives real advice to real writers who want to be successful at Indie Publishing, both fiction and non. Pamela writes both, and she graciously shar
Samuel Hawley
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An honest, clear-eyed, hype-free exploration of what it takes to achieve success as a self-published author. Interweaving her own personal experience with valuable tips and advice, non-fiction writer-turned-novelist Pamela Fagan Hutchins begins by stressing that publishing success cannot happen without quality writing—the more the better. Yeah, we all know that. But really, you need to read this section. You need to hear these truths—and maybe you’ll pick up some pointers on the way. I know I di ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It's a great resource for writers of all stripes.

I tell this story sometimes about Christopher Columbus, old and at his table, where someone remarked that his accomplishment seemed smaller now that so many others had sailed to the Americas. Chris tells the man to bring him an egg and then asks him if he can make it stand on end. The man cannot and the egg rolls on to its side over and over. Chris takes the egg and with a violent jerk breaks the yolk inside the shell,
Matthew Arkin
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has been my constant companion as, for the past 8 months, I have traversed the often frightening and uncertain terrain of self-publishing. Pamela Fagan Hutchins has been there, and done that, and succeeded tremendously. This book gives us the benefit of all of her experience and makes sense of the often overwhelming morass of information that is out there in the rapidly changing publishing landscape. One of the problems that I have faced during the publication of my first novel has bee ...more
Cory Barclay
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best, most comprehensive and educational books on the art of self-publishing out there. Ms. Hutchins shows how much work goes in after the writing stages, and though it can seem daunting, she's got your back. She's funny, too--this isn't one of your dry On Writing books, though it can seem as technical. Ms. Hutchins, as she says time and time again, doesn't guarantee your success with her formula, but it's certainly worked for her, and I'm sure it will work for many, many others (and ...more
Glenn Miller
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loaded with tips both practical and inspirational. Pamela's generosity with this book paves the way for plenty of authors to follow, especially considering the slippery landscape of publishing these days. The material here is both timely and timeless. I'm glad she wrote the book and I'm glad I found it.

Plus, she's funny. I like funny.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Very helpful. I highlighted so many things that I need to go back and make notes! I think some things are out of date such as how useful ACX might be considering the drop in royalty rate. That's to be expected though considering how fast the industry changes. ...more
GK Stritch
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Write on, Pam. Writers, read on, twist and shout, and tell your friends.

Jennifer Parsons
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Some really great tips and a clear path to being a successfully self-published author.

Nice, light-hearted take on the subject with clearly written, easy-to-digest information.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great source for anyone who wants to self published.
E.L. Pierce
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great voice and great advice. Quick read. Recommend.
Dan Taylor
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though it was published in 2013 it is still very relevant
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Think cheesecake.

This book is a roadmap for indie writers and it is paved with cheesecake.

Why cheesecake?

It is rich, filling, should be savored. The true complexity of a cheesecake can't be truly known or appreciated unless it is consumed slowly and with contemplation. It is the highs and lows of indie writing/publishing, just how much work there is to be done AFTER the book(s) is(are) written. More to the point, it is like having someone who is willing to hold your hand while you dither about d
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential for authors on the road to self-publishing, because it will serve more than just a good reference throughout the process. Pamela covered many grounds in this book, from technicality, and social media advice, to marketing side of the publishing business. She provides great examples, supplements it with does and don’ts, and also gives the reader alternative information to choose from.

Pamela paints a clear picture about book publishing with her awesome style of writing: hones
Darrin Haslem
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a couple dozen books on self-publishing over the past few months, and Pamela’s is the best so far. It’s an easy read filled with solid practical advice, all of which is presented in a light-hearted way. It was fun and educational all in one, not to mention highly motivational.

From my perspective, the motivational aspects don’t just emanate from the success Pamela has achieved in following her plan, but also from the healthy dose of pragmatism she injects throughout the book. Success is
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was a lucky recipient of this book from the Goodreads' program! The author was even kind enough to autograph the book for me! I loved Hutchins' frank and direct writing. Her background in publishing definitely gave her the experience needed to write this book. She provided many examples of how to break into the publishing industry, which would be helpful to any would be writer. I appreciated that she provided specific things to do, and even went as far as giving the addresses of websites that ...more
Karen Douglass
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Talk about mixed emotions: the content is invaluable for anyone considering self-publishing. I have pages and pages of notes on how to follow Hutchins' path, and at some point soon I will buy this book. I found it at my libarary. However, (you knew there was a turn here, didn't you?) as a friend and editor pointed out, the book itself tattles on her. The interior formatting is not good throughout. The cover has a hard to read title. Hutchins boasts about formatting the ebook version herself and ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read the other reviews because I know I'm going to be repeating some stuff here.

I'm an indie published author and I have found this book so full of useful information, I'm kicking myself I didn't read it before I began the process. But here's the real kicker, folks, I still need this book. Need book marks? Page 127. Need to know how to format for Kindle? page 115. It's all there from developing a plan, to implementing the plan, to making it work, to learning how to sell. Don't waste yo
Ken Oder
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the best how-to book I've read. The author takes you by the hand and guides you through the confusing and complicated options available to the author who wants to pursue indie publishing. It's perfect for beginners but valuable for experienced writers, too. Written with wit and great expertise, Loser makes you laugh out loud while you learn everything you need to know to take your book to market successfully. There is a lot of brain-power behind this book, but it is also written from the ...more
Mark Andersen
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: resources
I heard Pamela speak at a writer's conference in Houston and was so impressed with her presentation that I bought her book there. I read it cover to cover that evening. It is a breeze to read, and yet is chock-full of useful information. She not only maps out the difficulties of the path to publishing as an indie, but she identifies the specific path, including the dead-ends and roundabouts, that she took. I recommend this for anyone considering publishing with the indie path, or anyone already ...more
L. Fabry
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not a book, it's an investment

I'd like to think I know a thing or two about indie publishing but was surprised at how much I could still learn. Pamela hits everything from the entire book market to neat tricks for promoting your indie book with an expert ease you don't have to be an expert to understand. Also included are tips for KDP, CreateSpace, Print on Demand, software, and much more. You can't learn this on Google...
F.E. Greene
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in becoming an indie publisher, this book is a treasure trove. It's chronological. It's thorough. It's easy to read. AND it's laugh-out-loud funny! "Loser" (as Hutchins herself nicknames it) feels more like a conversation with a generous friend who has "been there, done that" than a typical "how-to" book. Plus the added information at the back is solid gold. Even if you're not sure that "indie" is the publishing path for you, this book will help you decide. ...more
Meghan Pinson
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(Review from the editor)

This book answers many of the questions my indie-publishing clients ask me -- about where to publish (Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Nook?), how to publish (paperback, e-book, or both?), how to market online and in real life, and more. If you're even thinking about indie publishing, you need to read it -- do NOT miss this one.
Rhonda Erb
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you're an indie "loser," don't walk, RUN to the bookstore to buy this book. It is so packed full of useful, important information, I believe it will become the Bible of indie publishing. I devoured it, and didn't get bored or glassy-eyed even once (how many how-to books can you say that about?). And as always, Pamela's wit and humor shines throughout. Definitely a must-have for any author." ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably is the funniest how-to book you will ever read. I loved this book. It has an incredible amount of useful information in it. Cuts through all the blah blah and gets right to the things you need to know. And does it in a way that you cant believe you are learning something because you are having so much fun doing it.
Marcy McKay
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read A LOT about indie publishing -- books, blogs, endless articles. In my opinion, Loser is the BEST ONE out there because it's loaded with practical, step-by-step, how-to advice, examples and great information. I plan to return to this book again and again. ...more
Amy Lilly
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for the indie author.

This book is chocked full of great advice for the indie author. I plan to re-read because the author included so much information. Highly recommend to beginning and even established authors.
Kate Martin
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a new author I took a lot of notes while reading this book. Pamela gives solid, concrete advice for resources, ideas, links and more which are greatly appreciated. Not a lot of fluff like many books written for self-published authors. Plus her style of writing just feels good.
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