A Review for How to Self-publish and Market a Book

My new book received its first review!

It’s by British author Mark Henderson.

The book is on sale as a pre-order for $2.99.  After it’s released, the price will increase to $4.99.

Mark’s detailed review is pasted below:


A must-have guide for authors intending to self-publish

Hank Quense has allowed me the privilege of reading a pre-publication pdf of his How to Self-Publish and Market a Book. He knows I don’t self-publish (most of my books have been released by small publishing houses, two by a larger one), so his new guide isn’t directly relevant to me. On the other hand, self-publishing is either the norm or a likely option for several of my author friends and creative writing students. So would I recommend this book to them?

The short answer is ‘Yes’. Of course I was favourably inclined in advance of reading because I’ve enjoyed so many of Hank’s fiction works – the Gunderland stories, the Moxie trilogy and the Zaftan Troubles – and I’ve used his excellent Creating Stories a lot in my teaching. However, I expected to take a detached, uninvolved view of his latest non-fiction work. Then a sentence in the Foreword challenged this expectation: “Even if you have a publisher, reading through the publishing tasks in this book will give you a much better understanding of the publishing process. “ The prediction proved true. As I read the rest of the book I learned things about publishing that I’d only half-known or not realised at all. 

The book also unsettled my conviction that social media isn’t for me. Previously, I found Facebook an irritating waste of time; LinkedIn mixed up my profile with someone else’s so I had to delete it; I’ve never been able to see the point of Twitter; and so on. But Hank has persuaded me to try again, at least with LinkedIn, and to involve myself more seriously with Goodreads; and he’s assured me that my website and blog posts are worth maintaining. 

Three big positives of the book are: (1) it’s very clearly written and well organised, with lots of helpful links, as you’d expect with Hank; (2) it’s comprehensive; and (3) uniquely, as far as I know, it addresses both publishing and marketing as linked or coordinated (and multifarious) activities. On a personal note, while I rely on my publishers to market my books, I’ve picked up several hints and suggestions from How to Self-Publish and Market a Book that I can use to supplement their efforts.

Of course Hank writes primarily for the USA market, so there are parts of his book (those relating to tax matters, for example) that have no direct application for readers in other parts of the world such as the UK. Nevertheless they’re worth noting. Whether you self-publish or not, writing is a business and you need to keep proper accounts. So even if the letter of Hank’s advice about accounting and taxation isn’t relevant in your case, the spirit of it is. 

Thanks for writing this book, Hank. It’s going to help a lot of people, and I’ll recommend it warmly to any of my students who consider publishing (as I try to persuade them all to do).


The book can be pre-order at:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Zbrx54
B&N: https://bit.ly/2Y2rewE

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Prequel Now Available: Free!

My new book, How to Self-publish and Market a Book will be available on Sept 15.

In the meantime, a prequel to the book will be a free download on Aug 5 & 6.  Grab a free copy at https://amzn.to/2T6dtHO

The prequel contains the complete Foreword, Chapter 1 and the Table of Contents.  It will give you a solid appreciation of what the book is about.

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How to Self-publish and Market a Book

This is my latest book and it will be published on Sept 15.

It’s non-fiction and I have to say writing a novel is much more fun that writing a non-fiction book.

The ebook is available for pre-order at a reduced price of $2.99. After 9/15 the price will increase to $4.99. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon

https://amzn.to/2Zbrx54 and Barnes & Noble https://bit.ly/2Y2rewE

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: 6 Months Before Launch

Chapter 3: 5 Months Before Launch

Chapter 4: 4 Months Before Launch

Chapter 5: 3 Months Before Launch

Chapter 6: 2 Months Before Launch

Chapter 7:  Launch

Chapter 8: Post-launch

Chapter 9: Your Book Company

Chapter 10: Additional Resources

About the Author

 

 

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My Newest Non-fiction Project

It seems like there are a hundred books on publishing and many more on book marketing.

The problem with these books is that they treat publishing and marketing as two completely separate concerns.  Their thinking seems  to be, ‘after your book is  published, grab a book on marketing, read it and start doing it’.  The reality of the publishing world is that the marketing has to be done in conjunction with the publishing.  That means if you ignore the marketing until after you publish the book you’ve lost valuable marketing time.
My newest non-fiction project is called (so far!) How to Self-publishing and Market a Book.  It’s a  comprehensive guide to an integrated approach to self-publishing and marketing a book.
I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft and I have a street team reading through it to tell me what confuses them.
I’ve tentatively scheduled it for release in the fall.
Next step: get a cover.
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