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.
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Before picking up, "Write. Publish. Repeat." I knew nothing of the authors. I bought the book because I was searching answers in my quest to make a living as an independent author.
After reading this book I don't have all the answers, but now I have a better understanding of what it will take in terms of effort, perseverance, and resilience to make a living wage as an independent author.
The thing is, it's not easy, and to their credit the authors never pretend it is. It is doable, and at least from a marketing and technology standpoint this book gives you some good pointers.
There are two areas where the audio falls short. The first, which Johnny and Sean admit themselves, is that the book doesn't teach you how to write fiction. It doesn't really teach you how to write. It just says write a lot of good fiction, find an audience, and sell them related books.
Of course, "Write. Publish. Repeat." does have some specific suggestions on how to do that.
The reason I gave the overall product four stars is because it's not meant to be read in one sitting. And if you're just listening it's hard to navigate and find the section of the book you need to listen to at any given moment. I had to buy the e-book to facilitate my navigation of the material.
It was well worth it and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get serious about self-publishing.
This is an incredible resource. I discovered these guys through their Better Off Dead podcast when searching for horror themed podcasts... had no idea that they were writers. Went from there to their Self-Publishing podcasts, to their fiction, to Fiction Unboxed (Google it). As a writer I want to be always learning, and I have learned from their work.
I have four kids, homeschool, listen to more whining than good literature, drink (almost) equal amounts coffee and water, and love it all.
I enjoyed this book. It was encouraging and entertaining and has made me take a serious look at what life as an Indie author would really look like.
They use profanity. Yes, they give you a disclaimer about it at the beginning of the book but the audio sample is from the middle of the book so id isn't realize quite how much was in there. It wouldn't stop me from listening again, but since much of my listening time is when my children are in the car, I found myself frowning often enough. Is just doesn't seem necessary, but it's authentic for the authors, it's just not my taste.
The narrator whistles his "s" sounds often. There were a few parts that made me turn the sound down because it was hurting my ears.
The above are seriously nit-picky details because the book is good enough that picking out lice eggs is really all that's left. If you would like honest advice about how to have a career as an author/publisher, read it.
The narration was great, and this book has a very smooth everyday talking feel to it. Not only does the writers share their ways to writing, but they also helped provide a boost of confidence for my own writing. Writing is both simple and difficult. I would recommend this book for those that need something that'll not bog you down with the technical side of book forming, but to help organize your own thoughts in a way to make your books happen. We get a lot of that in English class and there are plenty of books out there for the technical side of writing. They share what's helped them which is also this title. Simple impressive book.
This book is full of candid and beneficial insight. If I have any complaint it would be that I could have lived without the profanity. I think that anyone who believes that displaying a "potty-mouth" is the new standard of cool/transparency should not complain we they are called out on it. Obviously not everyone agrees!
The title promises to be about approaching writing from a business standpoint and that is exactly what it does. Would recommend for people who want to write for a business.
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I purchased this audio book to listen to in my car on my way to and from work, mainly to keep me motivated to write. A great additional benefit was all of the great tips, insights and opinions shared. The narrator did a fabulous job and was easy on the ears. If you're an aspiring writer and you want a small kick in the pants to get or keep you going, I highly recommend this book.
In between the self promotion, there is very good advice - the book inspired me to get going and gives some excellent specific tips and guidance. I would say this book is well worth reading/listening to - in fact I would like a print copy to reference.
Yes I would, it is full of excellent advice, but I would have to advise people to get past the self-promo: I know the authors state clearly that they are self-promoting and I have no problem with that, I agree with doing it - just it ended up taking up too much of the book's space - the promotion could easily have been achieved with less repetition. For me, the repeated promos became a detraction from an otherwise excellent book. Never mind, it helped build my zen :) This is why the 'story' has a 3-star rating from me
I like well-narrated audiobooks - I can 'read' while I do other things like commute and wash dishes, enjoy the sunset etc. He's a good voice to listen to
No, each time a new nugget of advice was unveiled it was inspiring, but no particular point
I have been doing a lot of research on self publishing. This, by far, is the greatest resource so far. There is practical advice you can implement right away but the best part about this instructional book is that it is, at times, hilarious!
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