Book Review: Self-Publishing 101

51F+UGIi0qL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Self-Publishing 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats by Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart

(Disclaimer: I read a lot of non-fiction books about self-publishing as a way to learn more about the industry. I often post little reviews on Goodreads after I’m done reading them, but I thought I’d start sharing them on here as well. If you’re reading this blog, you probably share the same interest in self-publishing as I do and so you’ll probably be picking up the same books I will. So I hope you enjoy these reviews!)

First off, I would like to know who edited/proofread this. I find it hard to take them seriously on writing a solid book when there are countless typos and misplaced words. Just a quick run-through by a beta reader would’ve cleared this up.

The information in the book was good, not great. It is a very brief overview of the self-publishing process as a whole. But, of course, these ladies aren’t just selling books, they’re selling services on their website as well, which they did not hesitate to plug throughout the book. With the amount of links in the book I think the authors only thought of the ebook version. They seemed odd in a print book.

One thing that I did take away from the book that other books don’t talk about is the ability to diversify your income by repurposing your books through audiobooks and foreign translations. Definitely something to think about as a way to ignite more sales in old titles.

What I Found Most Helpful: This book opened my eyes to the other ways to repurpose your writing. The idea that you write the book once, but convert it to different formats (audiobook, translations, etc.) in order to reap the most benefits from each product. This book also touches on creating a business, however it is by no means an in-depth look.

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