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Format: Format Kindle
I've tried to review this two or three times now, but every time I begin, I just fall into a puddle of drool on the floor, holding my iPad in front of me and trying to get random passers-by to read it with a series of guttural grunts and clicks. Which, I understand, may not be the most effective way to review a book. So I'm going to try again, with a few more words.
It's hard for me to give these one-topic wonders five stars. Given that, lately, I've been on a spate of buying a lot of these that have been incoherent or incorrect, my expectations for them kind of top out around four-star-level, in fact. And MacIntosh herself says in the very first section of the book that she wrote this one *using* her Flash-in-the-Pan style, with the workflow process she outlines, and on the timetable she keeps these kinds of books on -- which, she says, is only "good enough". So, honestly, my expectations were for typos and some garble.
Not so! The book is short, to the point, and yes, I found one typo. But (!!), that said, it's also incredibly practical, stuffed completely full to bursting with actual resources, tips, and information, and better-written than 90% of the stuff I've read from much more expensive books. Within the first chapter *alone*, I'd scribbled down a page of notes, and had at least three big A-HA! moments where I could identify things I'd been doing incorrectly or inefficiently.
MacIntosh holds nothing back here. She spills it all -- from the places she identifies her topics to how she decides what to ultimately write about, to the research phase and the writing/publishing of her books. She's candid about what works (and what doesn't!), and best, she stresses the importance of writing your own work. (I can't tell you how much it irritates me to see the spate of people irresponsibly recommending outsourcing writing, which is simply *not* okay...and MacIntosh echoes this, explaining *why* you simply can't do it with this kind of book. I think I love her.)
Her step-by-step, start-to-finish workflow chapter is worth the entire cost of the book, times about a billion. Even if you don't end up adopting her whole genre/system, that workflow list is good to adapt to longer timelines, as well, and will be saving me *loads* of time in bumbling around, reinventing the wheel or doing things that are less than effective. Similarly, her tool and resource sharing throughout the book introduced me to new ways of doing things that I was doing manually (for seemingly no reason, now that I know there are tools for them).
Flash-in-the-Pan style book writing isn't for everyone. You do have to be able to identify upcoming trends (not easy), synthesize a lot of data in a short amount of time (a brain-fryingly large amount of data), and write fairly quickly (understatement of the year) to follow MacIntosh's example to the letter. However, I really think that *anyone* that writes nonfiction for Kindle would get something out of it -- and probably a very big something. I know I did.
::grunts and holds out the iPad::