Jul 30, 2011

Book Recommendation: The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success

I wrote a review on Goodreads that I really wanted to share with you guys. I'm not a big reader on how-to books, but after reading an interview of Scott Nicholson on Lindsay Buroker's blog back in May, I bought the book and my mind awakened. Everything I have wanted as a writer just lined itself up and finally made sense to me. I was born to do this.

I guess you're wondering why I am just now linking this since it's July. Well, because I really wanted to share my feelings about this book. One of the best books I've ever read. I'd give it 6 stars if it would let me.

The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing SuccessThe Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success by Scott Nicholson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is not about getting rich quick through self-publishing. This book is not a hoax. It isn't a technical manual on how to format an e-book. It is not how to write a novel. It is not how to map out an outline. This book is not a breakdown on the engineering of storytelling. That's right folks. This book is what every writer who is even considering Indie Publishing should be reading. This book is the reality of the life of what it takes to be an Indie Writer.

With this book you will begin to understand the true depth and difficulty of self-publishing like a professional. It's no picnic. If you just dusted off a manuscript in your attic after twenty years of rejections and published it as it was as an E-book because you can, then this book is not for you. It's for serious writers who want to be taken seriously. I absolutely love it. Not because I chose to be an Indie Writer myself, but because it made me realize I wasn't alone in my struggles.

Scott Nicholson is the writer, but there are lots of successful Indie Writers, like Zoe Winters, JA Konrath and Vincent Zandri and that guest write chapters inside. They share their experiences and it was wonderful for me.

Another thing this book is not is a Legacy Publishing basher. Scott Nicholson actually compares both, and he has experience in both. He explains why he chose his path and explains the pros and cons of being an Indie Publisher as well as the Pros and Cons of being a Traditionally Published Author.

If you are serious about being an Indie Writer or you just been considering it, this is a must read for you. Actually, it's a good eye opener for the Traditional snobs who still believe that Indie Publishing is for amateurs and vanity writing. It sure opened mine.

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  1. Hmm...I may have to take a look at this book. The only how to book on writing I've read recently is John Locke's "How I Sold Over a Million Ebooks in 5 Months." Now that was an amazing book with a brilliant marketing plan!!

  2. I was thinking of getting that book. I could use a brilliant marketing plan. So far I've been just winging it.

  3. Glad you found the book worthwhile!

    I read John Locke's, too, and also found it to be useful (I almost didn't get it because he gave me a used-car-salesman vibe in the opening chapters--it reminded me of all those overpriced how-to-get-rich infoproducts out there--but it settled down after that). It's not too expensive, and there are some good nuggets in there.