I've read a lot of books on writing, publishing, and other related topics. It's been a while since I've come across any completely new information, but this book mentioned something called BookSurge which I will have to research further. In addition to that it is the best and most detailed look at CreateSpace I have come across so far. There is information that contradicts what I've read elsewhere and the information from other sources made more sense, but not so much as to keep this book from being one I intend to keep for reference. I would recommend this book for people looking to use CreateSpace to publish their book in paperback form.
If you ask the author he will probably give you an humble opinion about his own book. At least that is how it seems in his introduction. However, I was surprised to find more informations than I could expect from a less than $10, self-published book about self-publishing. Especially for me it was a balanced between general and technical. So this was an welcomed buffer in between yet truly helpful in many ways.
Just for me here are ten things that I learned from this book apart from what I learned from other books I read on self-publishing: 1. plagiarism- amazingly many books discuss on plagiarism from their perception without mere factors but this one does. 2. when to format my manuscript was true time-saver for me. 3. how ms-word can do a magic for you- even design the cover?!!! 4. getting feedback on the book in several stages is a zero money marketing tactic. 5. how amazon search engine works- insightful 6. why I must have my own website regarding author's bio 7. importance of the cover page, but critical of not to spend money on it 8. what is Pro-subscription- which was valuable information yet honestly I still cannot really understand this yet. does author's new book explain this? 9. change price in Amazon- how it affect sales 10. more on amazon rules- all interesting.
It is only 120 pages and can be read in one sitting in few hours, and at the end you know you are keeping for the book for future reference. Recommendation as supplementing with other great works like this.
I purchased both of McMullen's "Self-Publishing" guides. This one was the more current one. 5" x 8 1/2" format. The other one 7 1/2" x 10" format was the prior version. They over lapped. The larger format was published in 2 Volumes, most of which was covered in the smaller format. I received Vol 1. Confusing. Very good info, but I thought I was buying two separate books? You need to revise your advertising description. Very good info in both additions.
I am in the process of producing my fifth book. Three of the prior books were with publishers. I did the other one successfully totally on my own. This time I want to get the book on Amazon as a paperback and on Kindle as an eBook. I knew it would take far too much time to learn how to do that on my own so I bought this book by Chris McMullen. It helped confirm my decision to self-publish again. It also contains a wealth of information about how to do this. I quickly realized the book contains sufficient information to do it all on my own; however, I knew I don't have the time or the patience to do that. Therefore, I decided to use information from the book plus some very useful information from Chris to seek a firm that will pick this project up post editing and make it happen. Thanks much Chris for your help. Ted Benna "Father of 401k".
I have read the book from front to back and so far have my draft first 10 pages working well. I am dyslectic and that make every thing I write a challenge. I was particularly interested in using Micro-soft word because I all ready use that program because of it's spelling and gramma check's . This book explains all of the "how to" situations that present in writing a BOOK .
I am 79 year of age and this is my first attempt at writing a book something My School teacher thought I would never ever be able to do, Even my children thought it would be the LAST thing I could do. When at school there were two students that were for ever being hauled out as writing the worst essays , yes one was me. So with a smile on my face this book gives me that ability to become an achiever Cheers Ross Davis
When I began thinking about self-publishing a year or so ago, I bought several books on the topic. While I found others useful, this is the book I return to again and again. Every time I read it, I find new things to think about and try. In fact, the more familiar I become with the self-publishing field, the more useful I find McMullen's book. It is especially encouraging for new authors. It explains the need for patience whether watching your ranking or building a following. If you are just starting out, I encourage you to start with this book.
This author is a very good writer I just finished this book it is well read easy to understand I feel like I can just start writing and self publish on Amazon. To me he clearly explained what to do and how to do it he took the mystery out of for me. It will make you feel as if you can get started today! I gave it this rating because of the easy to understand direction making me feel like I can do it right now and not fail. I would definitely recommend this book to any one looking to publish their own book for the first time I believe this book can really help them.
I found the book useful but needed to make some trails, failed attempts, in CreateSpace before I could quite grasp some of the instructions. I would like to see it organized on a recipe format; A then B then C. While variation is possible and useful maybe add as footnotes. But maybe younger more computer savvy readers may not find it so hard to follow.
Although it was my first book on the subject, I found it very good. It is a 'how-to' book, step-by-step 'idiot's guide' to self publishing that I felt could help get my book projects started right away! Filled with a large number of tips, it looks useful for the beginning POD person. And it was an exciting read. I could not put it down. Hats off to Chris, a good, motivational writer.
On the negative side, his sample books he had also published were a bit simplistic with no photographs (at least as far as I could see). And in the current book, layout diagrams would have been appreciated, particularly references to other samples of CreateSpace-printed books that would show the novice good and bad results.
There are many books on the subject that I have not read yet. So, proof will be in the trying.