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The Path To Self-Publishing Success (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Michael R. Hicks

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Présentation de l'éditeur

You dream of having a full-time career writing novels, but you're not sure how to get there, or if it's even possible. Maybe you've played the lottery with the traditional publishers, submitting your work over and over again to publishers and agents, only to receive a pile of rejection notices. You've looked at self-publishing, but are leery of it, or maybe you've embraced the idea but don't know where to start because you have no background in the publishing industry. Or maybe you're one of the many who's jumped into the self-publishing pool and splashed around, but haven't made the kind of progress you wanted to achieve.

If that sounds like you, then you need to read this book. Michael Hicks has been self-publishing since 2008, and through trial and error found his path to success in early 2011 when his books hit the Amazon bestseller lists. A few months later, he kissed goodbye his day job of twenty-five years to write full-time, a move that completely transformed his life. He had never been previously published, and had no background in publishing or marketing. Yet he succeeded.

You can, too.

This book tells you how he did it. By sharing what he learned from sometimes painful experience, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that self-published authors may encounter, and maximize the potential to achieve your own success.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 99 pages
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  • Editeur : Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (3 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005FU49BG
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  32 commentaires
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Helps Lay a Solid Foundation for Those Exploring Self-Publishing 6 août 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First the backstory: I'm still progressing through editing and publishing my first novel. I follow the rule of reading five books on the topic as each exposes a different facet. This is the fifth book, and I picked it up quickly because I've watched Hick's efforts from a far for about a year and wanted to see his inside perspective--see a bit of the sausage making explained. I recently read John Locke's as well. Together I think they provide a decent foundation for somebody just starting to explore self-publishing (an Explorer).

That said, I'm not exactly his target audience. I'm not an Explorer. I'm Tuning my understanding.

"The Path" is a fast, friendly read. He speaks from his experience in a way that gives meaning to those exploring self-publishing. I liked how in the beginning he laid a foundational philosophy and provided some resources to help an interested writer learn theirs. I appreciate his insights throughout the book.

Both authors spoke about being an author as a business. Locke talked about his business plan, which to me was more of a marketing plan. Locke's book focused on marketing. Hicks covered the key domain segments of self-publishing: editing, cover art, marketing.

Throughout his book, he dives into the details. I'm concerned that over time changes in a vendor's business process would invalidate some of his information. Sometimes I feel an explorer would do well to have some "go look at these references for more information." As I said above, he does this in the beginning. I thought it would be a good theme to run with throughout the work.

John Locke has something meaningful to say in his "1 million in 5 months." The Amazon rating tells you whether the reviewer is in the target audience. If you have a four or five, then that's your target. Their input is what you should solicit for your next novel. Otherwise, the reviewer is not in your target audience and you're free to ignore his input.

I rated "The Path" the way I did because I'm not Hick's target audience. However, I marked him up because he did a good job on giving the Explorer a foundational understanding that I think should get that Explorer into print. He missed getting five stars because I thought referencing some other good works on self-publishing (e.g. "Aiming at Amazon") throughout would have made Hick's "The Path" the go-to book for the Explorer. However, he has a special errata site that he may use to add that content in the future.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Self-Publishing Resource, Especially for e-Publishing 29 janvier 2012
Par Susan L. Mchugh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Mr. Hicks' book was recommended to me by a friend when she learned that I was writing a book (still in progress).

I learned quite a bit from "The Path To Self-Publishing Success", particularly in the area of e-books and online promotion using social media. Before I read this book, I had given very little thought to the e-publishing side of things. After reading this book, I'm now going to give it serious consideration.

This book was written by somebody who's been there and done that. Thus, the concepts presented are not purely theoretical. They have actually worked. Mr. Hicks in this work goes through, in detail, the steps he took to achieve success in self-publishing. Thus, this is not a comprehensive guidebook that would cover every possible aspect of the subject. It is simply a discussion of the things that he did and what worked for him.

Still, there is plenty of great material. In the book, Mr. Hicks covers every aspect of the journey of writing, publishing,and promoting a book in electronic format. He begins with some excellent advice on the area of self-improvement--both personal and as a writer--and then stresses the importance of treating self-publishing as a business.

He stresses the importance of producing a quality work, and gives specific steps about how to go about doing this.

There's also step-by-step instructions about how to format and actually publish your book with a variety of e-book formats. He also discusses things such as pricing strategy and royalty options and gives recommendations here.

There is extensive discussion about promotion using social media, with particular emphasis on Twitter. He gives only brief mention to other social venues, such as Facebook, but that is only because Twitter is what worked for him. Mr. Hicks only talks here about things that he knows and has tried. I, for one, appreciate this.

Other areas of on-line promotion that he covers are the personal web site and newsletter.

One theme that he sounds throughout the book is that you don't need to spend a whole lot of money in promotion, getting reviews, finding editors, and the like. There are plenty of people out there in the self-publishing and POD world who will gladly take your heard-earned money and provide things of questionable value in return. He points out many of these traps, but he also identifies the specific areas where one should invest resources, such as in producing a good cover for a book. This advice alone would pay for the modest cost of this book many times over.

To summarize, this book would be a wise investment for anyone who wants to get a book published, particularly an e-book. And if, like me, you are considering only the print media, this book will make you think again.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A ton of useful info in an easy to read package 23 octobre 2011
Par Rick G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is a great resource for both first time writers as well as experienced self-publishers still honing their craft.

As a self-published author with about a year of experience under my belt, I was happy to find tons of good advice regarding new concepts to try as well as some thoughts with regards to fine tuning what I'm already doing.

The pros are fairly easy to list:
- Quick easy read
- Goes beyond just the ebook world and gives full end to end advice regarding the self-publishing business.
- Written by a top self-published author (something not all "how to" books of this genre can claim) so there's the added confidence of listening to someone who knows what they're talking about.
- Priced very aggressively compared to other "how to" books in this genre and easily worth what those others are charging.

The only con some might find with this book is that often times Hicks gives general advice on a topic rather that getting too specific. However, this makes a lot of sense. The author (rightfully) points out that every success story is going to be a little different. Emulating him or anyone else 100% isn't a guarantee of the same results. We each have to find our own voice in these things.

The title of this book is perfect. It's not a system, it's not a get rich quick scheme, it's a path...a long winding one. This book is aimed at those who wish to put themselves on this path. It exists to point us in the right direction and give the reader the tools they need to forge ahead. Whether we reach our 'destination' is still heavily reliant on us, but this book is an excellent compass to help guide us there.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Best Self-Publishing Guides Out There! 10 avril 2012
Par Shaun F. Messick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Path To Self-Publishing Success by Michael R. Hicks has to be one of the best self-publishing guides I have read and taken into practice. As a self-published author, I have read many guides by a plethora of authors who have claimed to have discovered the secret to making money as a self-published author. Mr. Hicks, however, makes no such claims. He simply gives sound advice about what you should do as a self-published author to begin seeing success.

And why not? Mr. Hicks is self-published himself, the author of the top-selling In Her Name: Empire series, he is more than qualified to give suggestions. I have used some of his suggestions, such as using Twitter to promote my books and have already witnessed a 300% increase in my followers on Twitter in just a week-and-a-half. Moreover, the average weekly sales of my books have increased as well.

I am also using other suggestions, such as setting writing goals each day, promoting my book each day, finding an editor and beta readers, and many, many more words of advice. In addition, he gives other sage counsel on his website authormichaelhicks.com.

If you're looking for instant riches from self-publishing, you won't find it in this book. You will, however, discover the secret of doing the little things each day, which, in turn, will produce the writing career you have always dreamed of as a self-published author. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to self-publish. Get it now. You won't be disappointed.

Shaun F. Messick
Author of
Worlds Without End: The Mission (Book 1)
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Resource for Self-Publishing 5 décembre 2011
Par Mathew Reuther - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
First off, this won't show as a verified purchase review, but that's because I don't review using the account I buy books on. We have multiple Kindles, no sense in buying books twice, so my wife's account has all of the book and app purchases. That said, I bought and read The Path tonight after reading a tweet about it, or seeing it on Michael Hicks' site. One of the two. :)

I appreciated the book for offering up good basics and then giving a few additional, in-depth tips. There were a few things that I took out of the book which I was not aware of prior to reading it. Could I have gotten that information elsewhere? Yes, but it was nicely compiled for me in this volume. In particular I did appreciate the explanation of some tools the author uses for marketing, if for no other reason than it's valuable to see which pieces of software or websites work for this specific application. (Hammers are great for many things, but if you're trying to put together an Ikea bed, an allen wrench is better.)

I view this five bucks as a good investment for the bit of additional knowledge it offered me over what I had already learned or thought of myself. For anyone doing self-publishing who isn't already deep in it and having success, this is going to be a good buy. For those gurus who are kicking butt already, well, you can probably afford the five bucks anyway, right? :)

I docked a star for a few things which combined. One was the simplicity of the layout. I like aesthetics. I did understand the arguments against complications, but since one of those was that it takes more time I'm going to have to wag a finger and mention that anything worth doing is worth doing correctly, even if it does take more time. ;) In addition, trying to make a case for things like small format changes making file size grow a great deal is overstatement. We're talking a very minor increase indeed, nothing like the big thing he recommends against (and which I can get behind) adding to your files to keep size down. In most cases you won't tick up even a penny in download charges, and if a picture is worth a thousand words, a good layout is worth something at the very least!

In addition, the advice given seemed to really be aimed at someone not in my demographic, which is odd, considering I am an author at the beginning of his career looking to self-publish . . . so I *should* feel like I'm pretty much right there the whole time. But I didn't, and that was worth a tiny bit off the review as well.

All in all though, very much recommended. It's not a perfect book. But it's worth the cover price, and most new self-publishers should take something away from reading it.
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