There are other titles, including helpful entries, that cover today’s publishing world. However, too many are dwelling on current tactics for writing, publishing and marketing. (Remember the “free days” of KDP, assuring high hopes for, at least, a tiny pot of Kindle gold?)
This trio of Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David Wright focus on strategies, not tactics. Their philosophies will convert years from now, regardless of new, or altered, publishing venues.
These authors have defied logic in their unusual genre-hopping SERIES successes, such as Unicorn Western or The Beam.
Bless these boys for their bravado. We aren’t seeing exhausted examples of how J.K. Rowling or John Grisham did it. Their points are illustrated with tales from their own work. And why parent a book, if you’re too bashful to ever talk about that child?
I’m tired of authors feeling the need to invent hypotheticals from the XYZ Widget Company. And, why not talk about yourself? Who knows you better than YOU?
Just in case, there’s an appendix of interviews with successful indie authors. Hugh Howey, David Gaughran and Joanna Penn shine answering the same questions. “What’s been your biggest mistake as a writer and how did you bounce back?” was my favorite query put to each indie star.
I think that “Things You Can Probably Stop Worrying About” is a chapter that justifies a WPR purchase. Consider the rest of the book a bonus. The point is to stop worrying about these worries, such as “Picking the Right Genre, or Even A Genre” and “spend that recovered time writing.”
The easily-offended be warned. These guys have PG-13 vocabularies. Overlook their temporary tongue-slips. Realize Platt, Truant and Wright aren’t a law office, but active authors doing it their way. Other authors can pass at how-to writing. Here’s a threesome who excel at “WHY to.”