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Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success | [Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt]

Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck 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 how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.
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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 how exactly how they did it: How they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing. Write. Publish. Repeat. explains the current self-publishing landscape and covers the truths and myths about what it means to be an indie author now and in the foreseeable future. It explains how to create books your readers will love and will want to return to again and again. Write. Publish. Repeat. details expert methods for building story worlds, characters, and plots, understanding your market (right down to your ideal reader), using the best tools possible to capture your draft, and explains proven best practices for editing. The audiobook also discusses covers, titles, formatting, pricing, and publishing to multiple platforms, plus a bit on getting your books into print (and why that might not be a good idea!). But most importantly, Write. Publish. Repeat. details the psychology-driven marketing plan that Sean and Johnny built to shape their stories into "products" that readers couldn't help but be drawn into - thus almost automatically generating sales - and explores ways that smart, business-minded writers can do the same to future-proof their careers. This audiobook is not a formula with an easy path to follow. It is a guidebook that will help you build a successful indie publishing career, no matter what type of writer you are...so long as you're the type who's willing to do the work.

©2013 Sterling & Stone (P)2014 Sterling & Stone

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    Tara Westminster, CO, USA 03-31-14
    Tara Westminster, CO, USA 03-31-14 Member Since 2001
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Write. Publish. Repeat. to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio and print versions are very different. In the audio you get to "hear" it, much in the way you hear the podcast, which is how I "met" Sean (I already knew of Johnny from online). I am used to listening to their advice audibly so spent the good part of Sunday hearing Write, Publish, Repeat and absorbing different bits than I got when reading the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Write. Publish. Repeat.?

    The sales funnels. I know that they are not saying theirs are perfect (whose are?), but hearing again that these need to rock solid was a reminder to fix mine. Their description of how they "walk" readers through the process and get them more and more interested in their work was great.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Whistler – was your favorite?

    It took a couple of minutes to get used to Simon reading Johnny's words, but that changeover happened very fast and Simon did a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a writer thinking about making a living of your work, this book may be a real eye opener. First off, they are not sugar coating the truth, you are probably not going to write a best seller right out of the gate so you better learn how to put some marketing into place if you ever want to sell more than a few copies a month.

    On the other hand, their dogged determination to succeed shows all writers that it is possible. That success is hard work but possible with a solid plan and a focused goal.

    A really good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-19-14
    David 10-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Write. Publish. Repeat.?

    If you are planning to write and self-publish novels, novellas or short stories, then it is a must have. If you are not a writer but know someone who either is, or plans to become one -- then Write.Publish. Repeat., especially this wonderful audio version, will make the perfect gift.

    I sat down to write this review expecting it to be a few simple sentences urging you to immediately buy, buy, buy.That was the original plan anyway. But then I quickly realized, I could not say enough about this book and after those first few sentences, and so I just kept writing. If you are like me, you probably won't read all this, especially with all the other reviews to check out. So the short of it is this -- buy, buy, buy. Do it now, before you move on to another title or webpage and forget this book exists. At the very least, add it to your wishlist so that you may remember it later. Once you finish it, you'll be very glad you did.

    I had never heard of Johnny B. Truant or Sean Platt before I picked up my copy of this book. But I've heard of them now, and after browsing their self-published works on their websites, I am instantly a life-long fan.

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    When I purchased Write. Publish. Repeat., I have to confess, I did not read the reviews on either Audible.com or Amazon.com, as I usually do. This was unusual for me, because I am a very stingy book shopper, not prone to making rapid fire impulse buys when it comes to online reading material. This is especially true when I have never heard of the authors, or have heard of them, but not read anything they've written. That's one of the biggest advantages to purchasing digital books and shopping online in general -- you get to see what other shoppers just like you truly thought about the item you are about to plop down good money for.

    In the case of Write. Publish. Repeat., I broke my cardinal rule and went with the impulse buy. The description sounded exactly what I had been looking for, and what I had yet to find out of all those "free" Kindle Unlimited wannabe titles on the same topic.Had I taken even a passing glance at the reviews, I would have have seen dozens of five star comments, like the one I am leaving here.

    If you are looking for THE definitive guide to indie self-publishing, look no further. You've found it. At well over 100,000 words, this book delivers everything the author's promise.

    These guys actually know the business of indie publishing because they are both authors and publishers themselves, and not just a couple of scammers who have written hardly anything and are simply trying to make a few bucks by copying and pasting information freely available on the internet. I think you would be hard pressed to find the wealth of information contained in this book just by searching around online, and if you do, you've likely landed at a review site telling you to buy this book.

    Equally important, this book will not put you to sleep. It's funny as hell, and the narrator does a pitch perfect job of drawing you into the subject matter and keeping you there. I could hardly say this about any other book on the business of writing, with one or two notable exceptions. But be warned. This book isn't a how-to guide for writing novels and short stories, and barely touches on the process of "writing" in general. It's a detailed guide for "Self-Publishing" the stories you either have written, or will write and plan to sell online.

    In it's pages, you will not find any clever ninja tricks for gaming the system or getting rich quick, as the authors are quick to point out, but it does present an in-depth look at the strategies they use in their current self-publishing business. If you want to know more about their books and successes, any quick internet search of the author's names will take you their website where you can sign up for some free titles in their book series.

    Do your research before purchasing this book if it helps you sleep at night. I expect that once you do, you'll be convinced that Write. Publish. Repeat., is a must have. Or, if you just like the notion of cowboys riding unicorns, then you definitely must visit their self-publishing website. Oh yeah, they also curse alot, but I'm pretty sure even the censors would consider it PG-13. I would let my teen read it, and if your's plans to grow up one day and become an indy writer, you should as well.


    What other book might you compare Write. Publish. Repeat. to and why?

    It's Steven King's "On Writing" for those who actually plan to sell their stories.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Whistler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But now he is on the top of my list, alongside such greats as Simon Vance, Oliver Wyman, and that guy who played Balki from "Perfect Strangers." (Pro tip, you should totally check out Larry Correia's Hugo Nominated series - Hard Magic: The Grimnoir Chronicles, narrated by Bronson Pincho.)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was. Even if I had not been on a twelve-hour drive across country, I still would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for Indy authors, of any experience level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Petrey MAURICE, la, United States 09-22-14
    Kurt Petrey MAURICE, la, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to listen to audiobooks. My favorite genre's would be Sci-fi and Fantasy.

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    What did you love best about Write. Publish. Repeat.?

    I loved the fact that they brought to my attention a very new perspective to being an author. They make self-publishing look cool.


    What other book might you compare Write. Publish. Repeat. to and why?

    There are no books out there that can be compared to this one. Maybe Stephen King On Writing but not really. This book is part how they arrived to their current writing lifestyle and part how to but with a very different flavor.


    What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent? He did a great job and definitely doesn't lower the quality of the material.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Write. Publish. Repeat.?

    I will Write. Publish. Repeat. I will also be mindful of funnels and CTA's which I had not clue about before this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to get an idea of what life as a writer can be like and hints at ways that it will be like in the near future get this book. If you want to learn techniques that were used in the days of Charles Dickens which are still valid today and tomorrow. Get this book. Just get the book already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-21-14
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    "Lots of useful information"
    If you could sum up Write. Publish. Repeat. in three words, what would they be?

    Informative. Valuable. Interesting.


    What other book might you compare Write. Publish. Repeat. to and why?

    I have not read any other books like this one so I do not have a comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the whole thing, it was very entertaining.


    What did you learn from Write. Publish. Repeat. that you would use in your daily life?

    I found it useful to hear about how each of the writers structured their writing time and I have been able to try each of their techniques to see which worked best for me in my daily writing life.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate having this title come up on my Audible suggestions as I am a multi-tasker and purchase most of my books in audio format. Thanks for making it available!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend that is interested in the subject matter of self-publishing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the no-nonsense approach that these authors gives their readers. It will be hard work and it will be worth it. Just keep writing.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Whistler – was your favorite?

    I think the authors just like the narrators British accent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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