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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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.
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.
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!
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!
I LOVED this book!!! Not only was it thoroughly entertaining and constantly had me laughing out loud - these three guys are a HOOT - but it contains probably some of the most practical advice I have ever heard regarding self-publishing. EXCELLENT advice on how to maximize your efforts and not waste your time on the frivolous stuff and how to tell the difference.
Write. Publish. Repeat.
Sensible. Repeatable. Practical.
I also loved the narrator, Simon Whistler. He hooked me with his sexy British accent, and kept me throughout the book with his down-to-earth, approachable and natural inflections. A lot of non-fiction books tend to be dry reads and Simon was far from dry. (I won't make any wet jokes...but I guess I just did.)
This book touched on everything I've gone through in getting published and dispelled many of my first timer worries. Have a question about indie publishing? These guys have your answer. I highly recommend this book.
I would listen to the book again because the narrator is compelling, and because there are ideas in the book worth repeating. It's dense, and chock-full of great examples and excellent ideas.
I totally dig Johnny and Sean's references to popular culture that I relate to. Fight Club and American Psycho- these are already two of my favorite works from the 1990s- 2000s. It doesn't get any better than when people are speaking from your familiar reference points.
Yes- Unboxed. He is equally good in this one.
I listen to books while I am painting in the studio. A lot of what I do is meticulous, haptic, hand-crafted stuff, which can be tedious if I am not engaged in something else- This was a rock-and-roll ride through the indie publishing process. Pretty great.
Hoping for more!
I've returned again and again to this simple formula for getting a business going in self publishing. the advice given here is solid gold!
I was not familiar with the author(s) or their podcast before this. I've become a big fan. Great information presented in an entertaining and informal way. This is not a "how to write" book, this is a "how to market" the book that you may write (or have written).
Highly recommend for anyone thinking about how to market their book
Expert and witty no-nonsense advice for Indy writers, whether you're just getting started or a seasoned pro.
excellent. upbeat and encouraging. I could have listened for hours longer but as the narrator said, this would prevent me from sitting down to write. I will listen again periodically to take more of it in at the appropriate times in my writing.
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