Why I read this book: I picked up this one because it had trended pretty highly with the other books I had selected, and I wanted to dip my toe in the publishing books.
Did I enjoy it: Yes. Full of energy, and basically reiterated to me over and over again that it is possible to be a writer. I just need to go do it.
What I will learn from this book: Ironically, the things I learn are things that have been told to me in other books and the message just didn’t sink it. Whether it was timing or just the voice of the authors, this time I am pumped. Point 1) Hard work beats genius. Just get to it and start churning out (good) books. Point 2) WRITE. You don’t need an epic fantasy saga or 100 web-zine published short stories. Just get writing.
Point 3) New for this book: You can be a successful author even in today’s writing climate without having a crazy social media presence… As long as you are writing, publishing, and repeating.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading this book (Write. Publish. Repeat) was like being hooked up to a car battery and having 12 volts pumped into you every second for 400 pages. At the end of it you are left wondering what happened, and yet at the same time you have an irresistible urge to go do some writing.
The book tackles essentially one topic in its many facets: Self-publishing, and the authors draw from their own experience as indie self-publishers, as well as the experiences of tons of listeners and guest-appearances on their podcast, “The Self-publishing podcast.” The focus is then attacked ruthlessly from every angle, ranging from prepwork done on the book (to get ready for publishing), to different media and platforms you should use for publishing, to things you should consider doing while publishing to yield the greatest success.
Almost every book on writing and the writing life will give you the advice: “If you want to be a writer, there is a single important task you should do: Write.” This book does the same, but is the first time I’ve truly felt inspired to do so. At multiple points during the read, I wanted to put the book down and say, “Screw this book! I’m ready to go write some awesome stories!” This wasn’t from any lack of quality in what I was reading… it just gave me that much hope that I actually can make this happen if I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and get the work done, which was another point they harped on pretty regularly (and is also exceptional advice not just for writing, but for just about everything in life).
The authors are blunt and unapologetic about their words and the content contained therein. They own the fact that these strategies and tactics have worked for them, and others have had success in leveraging other tactics (Strategy vs tactic being a big topic of the book). They touch on other tactics at different stages of the process, but don’t spend much time there. They likewise pull almost every example from their own works (I think there was a Harry Potter reference in there once or twice). They also own this, and explain why, both the selfish reasons as well as the practical ones. It doesn’t take away from the book at all.
All in all, the energy level of this book stays high while it delivers lots of strong, likely timeless advice on cracking into the indie publishing arena. It’s worth a read, and certainly has inspired me to check out their podcast to learn more.