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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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!
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.
I listened to this audiobook over a month. I don't believe I learned anything "new" but it was nice to hear it. It was even better to have it in one place. I expect I'll revisit this audio again and I plan to purchase the print book because I would love to see some of the examples. And I think the narrator was perfect for this project.
I bought this book with the intention of using it as a marketing tool. The authors manage to convey a fantastic view of what the self-publishing landscape looks like. They are not presenting unreasonable, unrealistic, magic solutions. Their advice and suggestions are manageable and wholly within the reach of anyone wanting to self-publish.
This is an amazing book to give you guidelines to starting your own indie publishing career. This doesnt tell you everything, but it does give you advice for other books, blogs, and podcasts to learn more. It is an amazing resource. I feel a little upset that I got the audio book though. This being a resource that I will go back to, a hard copy is definitely worth it.
I enjoyed Write. Publish. Repeat. It was informative, entertaining, and the narrator was very good. The book primarily focuses on fiction writing (I'm a non-fiction author), but the authors don't ignore non-fiction writers; I found sufficient helpful information and suggestions for my work to rate it as highly as I did. The authors are funny, witty, honest, and likeable guys, while also being good, thoughtful writers. I recommend this book if you're thinking 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.
"Listen to it and buy the book"
I have already listened to it twice, because there is a lot of good advice for the long-term in it. Sure, there are repetitions but some stuff just needs heard a couple of times.
They tell you early on if the book is going to appeal to you and if you're looking for a magic formula for overnight success, or how to write a book, keep looking.
This book helps you plan for the long term as an independent author/publisher and is the dose of reality writers need to hear. It really made me stop and think about what and why I was writing.
"Honest and Useful"
This book is packed full of useful information. It's very honest and straightforward advice. No gimmicks or promises of easy millions.
"A Must Read"
Great content! A must read for anyone considering indie publishing and wishes to create a long lasting career out of it.
"A Must-Listen For All Indie Writers"
WPR is up there with King's 'On Writing' as one of the most inspirational books on writing I have come across to date.
Stephen King's 'On Writing', because they are both inspirational. David Garghran's
'Let's Get Digital', because they both help equip the modern indie-author (and have the same narrator).
Anything by Chuck Wendig on writing, because they're both gobby!
The chapter on 'Gathering Your Tribe' was especially insightful, but to single out any particular part of this book as 'most enjoyable' is a nonsense. It's great as a whole work.
"A book that probably won't work as a film"
The authors are to be commended on not only being inspirational, but specifically on inspiring me to go for it as an indie author. I now have a plan!
"An Instant Classic Book for Indie Authors"
Like their podcasts this book is required listening if you would like to earn a living from your writing whether it's fiction or nonfiction. There are vital lessons to learn that will maximise your potential by treating your book like a product that requires certain things in order to be successful such as a well designed cover.
"A non nonsense guide"
This was spur of the moment buy for me, hoping to get useful advice about how to break into the writing market.
Their advice is straightforward and honest - an approach I like.
I will probably buy the paperback as there are bits I would like to go back to and the student in me wants to re-read and underline, highlight and annotate.
Also, because I listened to this on the road, there were no opportunities for me to write notes, so at this point, I am really relying on my memory not to fail me.
"I wish I read this earlier"
A very informative guide, packed with practical advise. Will definitely keep returning to this one.
I am an experienced marketeer myself, but found this exceptionally useful. Love the narration and the script.
The few clever ideas that you can take of the book were worth it
A bit long to start with but if you are patient and willing to listen to the author advertising their own books then you receive some interesting advice to go on your way of publishing
"Interesting and insightful"
No. I am not a writer but I was fascinated by the subject matter enough to spend my precious monthly credit on the title and I am glad I did as it led me to some good Indie titles that I may otherwise have missed out on.
Already done. Long live product funnels!
A poor choice I think. A slightly camp sounding (sorry if you see this) British guy reading the words of a wisecracking American guy with all those American phrases just sounded wrong.
Indie jungle. The mighty jungle.
If I were thinking of trying my hand at writing, this guide would be my Bible. I'm not, however, but I found it a riveting and informative listen anyway.
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