Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success)
In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical...more
When this book started out with a whole lot of blather about the authors, I was a bit worried. Was this just going to be an ego trip with not much good advice? But like one of those novels that starts slow with lots of description, by the time I got to the meat of the book (which took a little while) I was part of their world and could relate to the real-life examples they gave ...more
You’re still here? OK, let me tell you why you should go read this book.
First of all, it lays bare some of the ugly truths about self-publishing. It is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a lot of hard work. In the beginning, you won’t sell much of anything at all. Friends and family will look at you funny and ta ...more
The end of the book makes a nod to talking about the actual mechanics behind which the authors were able to publish 1.5 million words in a year, and then falls completely short saying "oh actually we don't want this book to be any longer". ...more
Write, Publish, Repeat is a fine book for people who know nothing about e-publishing. In fact, I would say it would be a great first book for people trying to get into it. That being said however, there are quite a few things that are pretty hard to agree with in the book.
First, they make a lot of statements ...more
It’s not all good though. The book has a certain bias. It is a bit too critical about trad ...more
I really enjoyed the free-wheeling voice--it's clear that while the authors take their work seriously, they're able to laugh at themselves (and each other). The subtext: Writing (and publishing) should be fun, at least most of the time. Also, these are guys you'd like to have a beer with (even--or especially—"dark" Dave).
Actually, it feels a little like you're hanging out with friends who just happ ...more
The authors warned me, though. I have tried reading this before, but I had to stop because of all the ruthless self-promotion and salesmanship. I never made it through the first few chapters. Now that I tried again it worked out better. When you get used to the references to own products on every page and get over the first few chapters about the authors and their books, you actually get good and sound advic ...more
So why the low score?
In no way is a person dismissively judging a self published book akin to racial prejudice.
In no way is being sold to by a salesperson, akin to any kind of assault.
I couldn't really get past the authors' casual use of this kind of language, attitudes or unacknowledged privilege. Sorry not sorry.
It’s the best few pence I’ve ever spent. I’d have happily paid a hundred times more. This is the first book in the package and it speaks to me. Oh, how it speaks to me. All the way through, as I read, I was saying (sometimes aloud, to the annoyance of my patient and wonderful wife) ‘Yes! Of course!’.
These two guys are on my wavelength. They understand what it’s like to be a pants ...more
Thank you to Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt (and Dave, too!) for their hard work and ability to keep on going when mos ...more
I love Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. This is the first of their books that I've read. I picked this one up on a recommendation from several other authors, and I am so glad I did.
Write. Publish. Repeat. is an extensive book, covering the self-publishing/publishing as an industry, how to look professional, what to do, what not t ...more
Gush over. I will now review Write, Publish, Repeat.
Written in Johnny (and Sean's) unapologetic ...more
The sections on marketing and content creation were the ...more
While this book is aimed at self-publishers there is plenty here that traditionally published writers could learn as well. I would consider this book to be essential reading for anybody wanti ...more
Hoping Johnny and Sean do more writing/publishing books, and soon!
Oh, and having a British guy narrate your book was fucking awesome. ...more
Basically, this book is telling you to write a lot and make books connect with one another, so you can use your earlier works to sell your later works. Nothing too crazy in that logic. There is a lot more than that, but that is one of the key concepts.
Together with co-authors David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Sean has written the series Yesterdays Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, Dark Crossings, Unicorn Western, The Bea ...more