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-Outlines the methods that the top 5% of successful self-published authors utilize to produce their eBooks in a professional, cost-effective manner -Shows what happened after Amazon changed the rules and what you need to do right now to adjust your strategy -How to adopt the philosophy that will allow promotional opportunities to come to you -What you need to know in order to -Outlines the methods that the top 5% of successful self-published authors utilize to produce their eBooks in a professional, cost-effective manner -Shows what happened after Amazon changed the rules and what you need to do right now to adjust your strategy -How to adopt the philosophy that will allow promotional opportunities to come to you -What you need to know in order to position yourself for a run at the bestseller lists In February 2012 Martin Crosbie’s self-published eBook My Temporary Life hit Amazon’s top ten overall bestseller list. The next month Amazon posted a press release revealing that Crosbie had made $46,000 in one month, with one book. Previously to this, his novel was rejected one hundred and thirty times by traditional publishers and agents. In the months that followed, My Temporary Life and its sequel have been consistent sellers, often sitting atop Amazon’s rankings. Crosbie’s story has been mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes online, and other media outlets around the world. In fact, Amazon referred to him as one of their 2012 success stories in their year-end press release. How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle-An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook tells the story of how he became a full-time writer, detailing the specific steps he took to find and connect with his readers. Plus, it describes how to adjust and tweak your strategy as Amazon changes their systems.


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-Outlines the methods that the top 5% of successful self-published authors utilize to produce their eBooks in a professional, cost-effective manner -Shows what happened after Amazon changed the rules and what you need to do right now to adjust your strategy -How to adopt the philosophy that will allow promotional opportunities to come to you -What you need to know in order to -Outlines the methods that the top 5% of successful self-published authors utilize to produce their eBooks in a professional, cost-effective manner -Shows what happened after Amazon changed the rules and what you need to do right now to adjust your strategy -How to adopt the philosophy that will allow promotional opportunities to come to you -What you need to know in order to position yourself for a run at the bestseller lists In February 2012 Martin Crosbie’s self-published eBook My Temporary Life hit Amazon’s top ten overall bestseller list. The next month Amazon posted a press release revealing that Crosbie had made $46,000 in one month, with one book. Previously to this, his novel was rejected one hundred and thirty times by traditional publishers and agents. In the months that followed, My Temporary Life and its sequel have been consistent sellers, often sitting atop Amazon’s rankings. Crosbie’s story has been mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes online, and other media outlets around the world. In fact, Amazon referred to him as one of their 2012 success stories in their year-end press release. How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle-An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook tells the story of how he became a full-time writer, detailing the specific steps he took to find and connect with his readers. Plus, it describes how to adjust and tweak your strategy as Amazon changes their systems.

30 review for How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle: An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eldon Farrell

    So many of these type of "self help" books are crammed full of anecdotes of how if you do "this" then "that" will happen for you. I find they're written from a preachy place of superiority and as a general rule avoid them like the plague. I'm happy to report that Martin Crosbie's book is the exception to that. This informative book is well worth the price and an amazing read chock full of facts and helpful tips. Did you know Amazon has a top reviewers listing? I didn't. Did you know there existed So many of these type of "self help" books are crammed full of anecdotes of how if you do "this" then "that" will happen for you. I find they're written from a preachy place of superiority and as a general rule avoid them like the plague. I'm happy to report that Martin Crosbie's book is the exception to that. This informative book is well worth the price and an amazing read chock full of facts and helpful tips. Did you know Amazon has a top reviewers listing? I didn't. Did you know there existed sites out there to promote your promotions? I didn't. Did you know about Indies Unlimited and all their wonderful articles about writing? Once again, I didn't until I read this book. I couldn't possibly list all of the advice and tips here (even if I wanted to) but the best testament I can give to this book is that I have already begun to implement some of the suggestions within its pages. If you're contemplating publishing a book yourself or are already in the game, you need to read this book. Yes, it's that good. And the fact that you'll be able to stay abreast of new developments through updated versions of the book for free, is just the cherry on top of the sundae!! Check this one out and pay particular attention to the index of contacts and information at the back of the book. This one's a gold mine!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Perlin

    It has taken me a bit too much time to write this review because I have read this book slowly, savoring the pertinent information chapter by chapter... then reading it again and bookmarking the important stuff which was almost the entire book. This is a totally informative manual that really does help guide authors or anyone in the book business. Experienced or not, there are gems in here that can really be helpful in succeeding in the publishing world. There is so much to be learned and it can It has taken me a bit too much time to write this review because I have read this book slowly, savoring the pertinent information chapter by chapter... then reading it again and bookmarking the important stuff which was almost the entire book. This is a totally informative manual that really does help guide authors or anyone in the book business. Experienced or not, there are gems in here that can really be helpful in succeeding in the publishing world. There is so much to be learned and it can get really complicated but this book is laid out in a very constructive helpful manner. This is the kind of book that you have to keep close. There are things that are so useful that you won’t want to forget or overlook. The hints really come in handy and are helpful. I know this first hand as an author. Martin Crosbie is an inspiration for reasons other than just writing beautiful stories that are full of true-life emotion and heart. He really knows the business from his experience and success and he shares it all in a very open detailed fashion. This is a great book that I highly recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ged Cusack

    Not one of those books that you read and then just put down. I’ve read this book several times (in the last two or three months, since I bought it) and I am constantly working through the exercises and using the resources in this book. As an indie author, I am always looking for ways to optimize my books. I’m eternally grateful if I find just one tip or tool in a book, which can help me with my own books. In Martin’s book, I found a lot more than one tip. I particularly liked the suggestions on sched Not one of those books that you read and then just put down. I’ve read this book several times (in the last two or three months, since I bought it) and I am constantly working through the exercises and using the resources in this book. As an indie author, I am always looking for ways to optimize my books. I’m eternally grateful if I find just one tip or tool in a book, which can help me with my own books. In Martin’s book, I found a lot more than one tip. I particularly liked the suggestions on scheduling launches, creating your own media kit and the links at the back of the book. I had already compiled my own list of promotional sites for book launches but there were some on Martin’s list that I wasn’t aware of. The Follow-up notes and the homework tasks at the end of each chapter are a good way of keeping you accountable. If I had to pick one thing extra I would like from this book it would be a consolidated section at the end of the book with all of the follow-up notes and homework in one place. That’s probably me being lazy and as the book is already 210 pages long, he had to stop at some stage. Altogether an awesome book full lots of useful tips and resources and I wish I had found it when I wrote my first book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Wray

    There is a lot of good information here. If you are planning to self publish your book on Kindle. I would take a serious look at this book. I read it twice. When I was a Teenager and in Am-way. Every time I heard one of the (high up) motivational speakers talk about becoming successful. The first thing they said to do was to find someone who was already successful at whatever you are trying to do and copy them. Crosbie set records on Amazon ebook sales. I would suggest if you want to be successf There is a lot of good information here. If you are planning to self publish your book on Kindle. I would take a serious look at this book. I read it twice. When I was a Teenager and in Am-way. Every time I heard one of the (high up) motivational speakers talk about becoming successful. The first thing they said to do was to find someone who was already successful at whatever you are trying to do and copy them. Crosbie set records on Amazon ebook sales. I would suggest if you want to be successful, you imitate him....TJ

  5. 4 out of 5

    J M Leitch

    A few months ago Martin Crosbie, fellow Indie writer and mutual member of an Indie authors Facebook Group, approached me asking if I’d be one of the beta readers for his latest book about how to sell e-books on Amazon. Having been through the Amazon self-publishing/marketing process myself for my debut sci-fi novel and read several other “How To” books on the subject, I thought my feedback might be helpful. For this reason, coupled with the fact that I know how successful Martin is marketing and A few months ago Martin Crosbie, fellow Indie writer and mutual member of an Indie authors Facebook Group, approached me asking if I’d be one of the beta readers for his latest book about how to sell e-books on Amazon. Having been through the Amazon self-publishing/marketing process myself for my debut sci-fi novel and read several other “How To” books on the subject, I thought my feedback might be helpful. For this reason, coupled with the fact that I know how successful Martin is marketing and selling his books and therefore hoped to learn a trick or two, I leaped at the chance. Subsequently Martin has very generously gifted me a copy of the published manual and in the spirit of “pay it forward” – a sentiment you will hear him mention on numerous occasions in this book – I want to do my part by leaving an unbiased and fair review that I hope will not only help him, but also potential buyers. First of all, I must say that this is the best book I have read on this subject. I love Martin’s informal style. By weaving in many of his own experiences both positive and negative, he parallels his journey with the reader’s while at the same time coming over as a very personable and honest individual. He not only shares, but also analyses what has and has not worked for him, and his sincerity shines through in every chapter. Also, and this is something that I’ve not noticed in any of the other books I’ve read on this subject, he gets the point over that the Amazon platform is constantly changing and that what works one month may not necessarily work as well the next – he emphasizes the importance of networking and keeping abreast of Amazon’s latest developments in order to remain effective. I like the way he’s set the book out, the way each chapter builds on the previous one. Also, there are useful lists at the end of each chapter detailing the ‘Homework’ and ‘Follow Up’ required to keep the serious reader on track. It is clear that Martin not only wants to share what he’s learned, but also wants to do his level best in encouraging the reader to put it all to good use. However, what represents hours of research and is worth one hundred, if not one thousand times the value of this book, is the comprehensive list of links at the end. This is pure gold. I can confidently say this book will not only prove useful to writers new to self-publishing and marketing but also to those, like me, who have already gone through this process but are still struggling to reach our target audiences and persuading them to buy. When Martin approached me to beta read his book I was dying to learn the secret of his success. Well, guess what? There isn’t just one secret… there are several! I strongly suggest you download this book NOW and learn what they are.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hornsby

    I'm a published author, both traditional and indie and although I think I know a heck of a lot about self publishing, Crosbie added ideas to my knowledge base, I hadn't thought of. It was well worth a few bucks to get his list of KDP SELECT free ad sites but also the theme I keep coming back to in my day to day marketing is that you must be genuine, honest and make friendships in the biz. Don't burn bridges or expect people to give if you're not giving something of yourself. Being real is golden I'm a published author, both traditional and indie and although I think I know a heck of a lot about self publishing, Crosbie added ideas to my knowledge base, I hadn't thought of. It was well worth a few bucks to get his list of KDP SELECT free ad sites but also the theme I keep coming back to in my day to day marketing is that you must be genuine, honest and make friendships in the biz. Don't burn bridges or expect people to give if you're not giving something of yourself. Being real is golden and Crosbie is that. I read this on a plane ride from Miami to Seattle and consider that one of the most useful plane rides I've ever taken!

  7. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    I found it very interesting to read about how this writer became so successful after self-publishing one book of fiction on Amazon in 2011. However, some of his strategy from a few years ago wouldn’t work today. Amazon keeps changing things which makes it harder for indie authors to break through. That being said, I still found the book helpful. Martin Crosbie makes some very good suggestions and shares what he’s learned. This book will be invaluable to someone who has not yet published any book I found it very interesting to read about how this writer became so successful after self-publishing one book of fiction on Amazon in 2011. However, some of his strategy from a few years ago wouldn’t work today. Amazon keeps changing things which makes it harder for indie authors to break through. That being said, I still found the book helpful. Martin Crosbie makes some very good suggestions and shares what he’s learned. This book will be invaluable to someone who has not yet published any books and wants to learn how to go about it. Among other things, networking, social media, beta readers, professional editing and covers can contribute to the success of a book. Most of us indie authors already do many of these things to an extent. Yet we’re not as successful. So how do some writers do it while others, who may have written books just as good or better, fade away? Martin Crosbie shares his story and his knowledge. He states in the beginning of the book, that it will be updated annually, and the updated version will be available to anyone who buys the book. That’s good since things change so quickly. I also like his pay-it-forward attitude. I think it’s important for indie authors to support each other rather than seeing each other as competition. I recommend this book.~

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Cameron

    We are getting close to publishing my husband's first e-book, so I read this from cover to cover in one day. I found some useful tips for how to go about the process, and we are scrambling to use some of the advice to get our book sales jump-started. Looking forward to trying out some of Martin's ideas! I have ear-marked several pages and will be referencing it often over the next couple of weeks.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Yeoman

    A gloriously helpful, idea-packed book that's up to the minute with clever tips. I thought I'd climbed the learning curve of indie publishing but Martin's book was an eye-opener. He also comes across as a man of true integrity. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Bensman

    Crosbie's book offered a wealth of experience and some great strategies for Indie authors. I particularly benefited from his section on promotion and getting acquainted with all the ways Amazon helps its authors.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.M. Skiera

    A fantastic resource for indie writers. As good a book of its type as any I've read (and I've read quite a few).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Locklayer

    I would first like to applaud this author for taking the time to divulge some of his secrets to marketing and publishing success. As a self-published writer, I can say that the only thing harder than writing a book, is marketing it. An ebook is published on Amazon every five minutes, making the mountain of self-publishing success a long and hard road to master. At times this book was very "meh" to me. There is so much repetition in this book on things such as free ebook promotions, discounted pr I would first like to applaud this author for taking the time to divulge some of his secrets to marketing and publishing success. As a self-published writer, I can say that the only thing harder than writing a book, is marketing it. An ebook is published on Amazon every five minutes, making the mountain of self-publishing success a long and hard road to master. At times this book was very "meh" to me. There is so much repetition in this book on things such as free ebook promotions, discounted promotions, and on the process of him writing a book that I had to skip many pages just to get down to the meat of what Crosbie was trying to say. I read this book expecting only to get 2-3 good nuggets to get my book wider appeal and I left with at least triple that much. While I do think Crosbie could have worked on building fewer assumptions for his reader and guiding them towards building an overall strategy, this book has his usefulness if you are wishing to write a book and live off the income of being a writer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Martin Lemieux

    As a person with extensive internet marketing knowledge and training experience (14 years), I bought this book to scratch an itch for my first book publishing experience. Martin writes and teaches small business tips exactly how it should be done. Precise, truthful, revealing, nothing held back, and practical. This book has the recipe to show anyone without any online promotional experience, to be confident in their book publishing strategy. This is a book you'll want to: read, take notes, come As a person with extensive internet marketing knowledge and training experience (14 years), I bought this book to scratch an itch for my first book publishing experience. Martin writes and teaches small business tips exactly how it should be done. Precise, truthful, revealing, nothing held back, and practical. This book has the recipe to show anyone without any online promotional experience, to be confident in their book publishing strategy. This is a book you'll want to: read, take notes, come back, and read it again in order to update your publishing strategy. Thank you Mr. Crosbie, you surprised even me. Regards, Martin R. Lemieux Clots Matter, Founder & Patient Ambassador The Heart of a Patient, Author

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank Grimes

    It was ok, most of these books talk all about how successful they were or are currently. Mentions a few good ideas, but they all say basically the same thing. Writing is hard work, the chances that you will write a best seller are slim to none. The odds of being able to make a living writing are about the same as winning the lottery. I 'm not a successful writer yet, not sure if I ever will be, but every now and then, a self-help book comes along that offers a glimpse of hope, Martin Crosbie's b It was ok, most of these books talk all about how successful they were or are currently. Mentions a few good ideas, but they all say basically the same thing. Writing is hard work, the chances that you will write a best seller are slim to none. The odds of being able to make a living writing are about the same as winning the lottery. I 'm not a successful writer yet, not sure if I ever will be, but every now and then, a self-help book comes along that offers a glimpse of hope, Martin Crosbie's book "How I sold 300,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle- is encouraging, he takes you through the steps that he took assuming of course, you have written a good book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    William L Ingram

    A lot of useful information given in a friendly and casual manner. I really enjoyed this book and will continue to use it as a resource! I heartily recommend it for all would be authors to gain insight into the changing world of book publishing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    I've purchased this book and it's become dogeared with use. It's a wealth of information and easy to follow. This book has helped me enormously. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and insights on self-publishing, Martin!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lunessa

    Martin Crosbie shares so much great information in this book. I loved the layout - the homework sections and the wonderful extensive list of links at the back. Martin’s passion for helping other authors starting out on the self-publishing journey, his ‘pay-it-forward’ philosophy, and his extensive knowledge of self-publishing on Kindle are reasons why every author starting out the Kindle adventure MUST read this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Rigsby

    Readable, sensible advice which has been very useful. Generous sharing of info.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia Inserro

    Fantastic book for anyone looking to self-publish and therefore, self-market. These tactics can be used for novels, non-fiction, even children's books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anita Rodgers

    It was okay - unfortunately, book marketing data and technique seem to change by the minute, so there weren't a lot of surprises. But the advice was decent, especially for those on a low budget. Would probably be helpful to someone just starting out on their self publishing journey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie Berry

    Great information for Canadian authors looking to sell their books on Amazon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Al

    It seems like a lot of self-publishing authors have been putting out books telling others how to do it. I have ambiguous feelings about this. How is an author or a wannabe looking for guidance supposed to choose what to read and who to believe? It isn’t sales numbers of the authors in question. David Gaughran, for example, has made a name for himself as a self-publishing pundit and expert. Yet, if number of reviews and Amazon sales rankings are any indication, the sales of his books on self-publ It seems like a lot of self-publishing authors have been putting out books telling others how to do it. I have ambiguous feelings about this. How is an author or a wannabe looking for guidance supposed to choose what to read and who to believe? It isn’t sales numbers of the authors in question. David Gaughran, for example, has made a name for himself as a self-publishing pundit and expert. Yet, if number of reviews and Amazon sales rankings are any indication, the sales of his books on self-publishing are bringing in a lot more than his single novel. So maybe it would be better to buy John Locke’s book. He’s sold over a million copies of his fiction. Of course Locke’s book failed to mention that he also paid hundreds of people to write Amazon customer reviews which, regardless of how you feel about that practice, proves that Locke was holding back at least part of his story. I’d suggest that an author making a buying decision is going to benefit from reading many of these if they get just a couple new usable ideas or even a greater understanding of the reasoning behind some concepts they’d already been exposed to. Of course, this assumes some credibility on the part of the author. Sales are one way of determining that and Locke’s book does have some ideas that might be worthwhile. Gaughran’s novel is in an extremely small niche. How many people say, “gee, there just aren’t enough historical fiction novels set in South America?” But Gaughran’s been investigating the keys for success in self-publishing for a long time, writing about it on his blog, and drawing from the stories of many other authors in his research. His reputation for being knowledgeable and credible is well deserved. Finally, only four paragraphs in, I’m going to talk specifically about Martin Crosbie’s book. How I Sold … covers some of the same ground as others I’ve read which, if you’ve read other books on the subject, is a chance for something that didn’t click before to do so now. Crosbie’s approach, to tell plenty of stories of how he and others did something and, if it failed, what they tried next, should help with that. Sometimes understanding what doesn’t work is as important as what does. However, I also saw several credible new ideas that an author could consider and implement. Probably the most important part of this book is an acknowledgement that the specifics of what works in self-publishing is constantly changing and will continue to do so. While some of the book will become dated, Crosbie’s thoughts on how to discover and adapt to those changes won’t. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Devon Wilke

    A literal primer on the world of independent publishing: There is no shortage of self-help books on pretty much any topic you can think of, and the spectrum of what's good or bad in any given genre is as wide. Anyone wading into the world of self - or independent - publishing becomes quickly aware that the industry is rife with how-to's and what-to-avoid's, making it difficult, at times, to separate the wheat from the chaff when looking for insightful, tangibly useful guidance. Look no more... yo A literal primer on the world of independent publishing: There is no shortage of self-help books on pretty much any topic you can think of, and the spectrum of what's good or bad in any given genre is as wide. Anyone wading into the world of self - or independent - publishing becomes quickly aware that the industry is rife with how-to's and what-to-avoid's, making it difficult, at times, to separate the wheat from the chaff when looking for insightful, tangibly useful guidance. Look no more... you've found it with this book. In the constantly changing marketplace of self-publishing, the sense of overwhelm is high; there are so many steps to take and when you're doing it all yourself - without the guidance and collaboration of an agent and/or publisher - the demand to get it right AND not screw it up is daunting. What Martin Crosbie has put together for his colleagues and reading public is instructional and illuminating. He's clearly analyzed his own successes and mistakes, and devised a cogent, step-by-step method to not only avoid making similar mistakes, but to set up your own self-publishing venture to be effective, professional, and top-notch from the get-go. This is no small thing and independent writers would be wise to get this book and avail themselves of both his wisdom and his incredibly useful instructions. But I also want to emphasize his generosity. It's a crazy marketplace out there -- competitive, confusing, over-saturated and sometimes contradictory -- and I found Crosbie's candid, down-to-earth, even earnest intent to HELP other writers get it right to be truly impressive. I've met those who were so afraid of the competition that they wouldn't share their information and contacts; Crosbie is just the opposite. He could not be more generous with what he knows and what he's discovered, and as a reader, and a writer, I found that to be truly extraordinary. Trust me when I say I sat with his book in my lap during the entire process of setting up my own book and I was, and am, truly grateful for the guidance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Cantwell

    The "how to sell a whole bunch of e-books and make a tidy profit" genre is ever-expanding. I've read a number of them, and many aren't worth the time of day. Often, they suggest slightly underhanded methods ("hire somebody to write ten pages of copy for you, publish it through Kindle Direct Publishing, and rake in the cash!!!") or base their money-making strategy on algorithms that Amazon used in January 2012 but has changed three or four times since then. Crosbie's book is neither of these. Well The "how to sell a whole bunch of e-books and make a tidy profit" genre is ever-expanding. I've read a number of them, and many aren't worth the time of day. Often, they suggest slightly underhanded methods ("hire somebody to write ten pages of copy for you, publish it through Kindle Direct Publishing, and rake in the cash!!!") or base their money-making strategy on algorithms that Amazon used in January 2012 but has changed three or four times since then. Crosbie's book is neither of these. Well, yes, he was lucky enough to get in on the Amazon free-book gravy train. And yes, he made $46,000 in one month on sales of one book, My Temporary Life (which deserves to be a Rursday in its own right, and no doubt will be, presently). And yes, Amazon featured him as a KDP Select success story (even as its programmers were tinkering with the system to make it harder to do). But Crosbie is also candid about his experience since then; he's working on understanding the constantly-evolving marketplace, just like the rest of us indie authors, and he's upfront about the mistakes he's made. Along the way, he imparts a lot of solid information about how to launch your book and which sales strategies are working now. The list of places to advertise your free days alone is worth the price of admission. If you're an indie author, or if you've been thinking about getting into indie publishing, this is a great resource for the way it is out there right now. *** Originally published at http://hearth-myth-rursday-reads.blog...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Perlin

    It has taken me a bit too much time to write this review because I have read this book slowly, savoring the pertinent information chapter by chapter... then reading it again and bookmarking the important stuff which was almost the entire book. This is a totally informative manual that really does help guide authors or anyone in the book business. Experienced or not, there are gems in here that can really be helpful in succeeding in the publishing world. There is so much to be learned and it can It has taken me a bit too much time to write this review because I have read this book slowly, savoring the pertinent information chapter by chapter... then reading it again and bookmarking the important stuff which was almost the entire book. This is a totally informative manual that really does help guide authors or anyone in the book business. Experienced or not, there are gems in here that can really be helpful in succeeding in the publishing world. There is so much to be learned and it can get really complicated but this book is laid out in a very constructive helpful manner. This is the kind of book that you have to keep close. There are things that are so useful that you won’t want to forget or overlook. The hints really come in handy and are helpful. I know this first hand as an author. Martin Crosbie is an inspiration for reasons other than just writing beautiful stories that are full of true-life emotion and heart. He really knows the business from his experience and success and he shares it all in a very open detailed fashion. This is a great book that I highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dermot Davis

    If there is one book that demystifies the whole murky area of selling books and making money from self-publishing on Amazon, this is the one. The author admits that he decided to write this book not because he thought that it would be a huge money-spinner but because he was angry and disillusioned with the information that the "experts" were imparting to existing and potential authors. So he decided that he would share his own experience with being a self-published author, which, luckily for tho If there is one book that demystifies the whole murky area of selling books and making money from self-publishing on Amazon, this is the one. The author admits that he decided to write this book not because he thought that it would be a huge money-spinner but because he was angry and disillusioned with the information that the "experts" were imparting to existing and potential authors. So he decided that he would share his own experience with being a self-published author, which, luckily for those that are writing or thinking about writing and self-publishing, this is the book that can save them time, energy and the avoidance of taking on and following-through on mistruths and misinformation. Which is no small thing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lua

    Great advice for indie authors! I was very impressed with this book, and this author! Crosbie offers a lot of very helpful advice for indie authors, including links to sites that he recommends, and he tells his story in a very engaging way. I read the book quickly because it was so interesting, and now am going back to take notes so that I can follow up on all his great suggestions. I love the positive message he sends, too, which focuses on the ways that indie authors can help each other by shari Great advice for indie authors! I was very impressed with this book, and this author! Crosbie offers a lot of very helpful advice for indie authors, including links to sites that he recommends, and he tells his story in a very engaging way. I read the book quickly because it was so interesting, and now am going back to take notes so that I can follow up on all his great suggestions. I love the positive message he sends, too, which focuses on the ways that indie authors can help each other by sharing what we learn about what works and what doesn't when it comes to marketing and such. And he absolutely is true to this philosophy, as evidenced by his advice in the book and also his online presence. I highly recommend this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn Clarke

    Although the landscape has changed gradually over time, Martin's experiences and advice about self publishing on Amazon is still a great place to start. I believe there is a recently released update as well, so undoubtedly it's current again. There are few players in the field who have been as diligent about experimenting with independent publishing and recording their results, and as generous in sharing that hard-won wisdom with his fellow authors, as Martin. He's always honest and upfront abou Although the landscape has changed gradually over time, Martin's experiences and advice about self publishing on Amazon is still a great place to start. I believe there is a recently released update as well, so undoubtedly it's current again. There are few players in the field who have been as diligent about experimenting with independent publishing and recording their results, and as generous in sharing that hard-won wisdom with his fellow authors, as Martin. He's always honest and upfront about what works and what didn't work so well and why. He remains on the leading edge and always available in the ongoing battle to figure this game out. A highly recommended read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    J. Kent Preyer

    Martin explains step-by-step how to get your book noticed in today's confusing and quickly changing social media world, and how to sell it. It is based on his personal experiences and his experiences with other writers who have tried his ideas. The steps and tips are written in easy to understand language and are easy to implement. It is up to date, comprehensive, motivational, and it makes sense. I am about to launch my newest book and I have never felt so prepared. Don't hesitate to get this o Martin explains step-by-step how to get your book noticed in today's confusing and quickly changing social media world, and how to sell it. It is based on his personal experiences and his experiences with other writers who have tried his ideas. The steps and tips are written in easy to understand language and are easy to implement. It is up to date, comprehensive, motivational, and it makes sense. I am about to launch my newest book and I have never felt so prepared. Don't hesitate to get this one. Martin's book should be at the absolute top of your list of the many "How to sell your book" books!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    If you're an author -- particularly of fiction -- and you're struggling to get noticed, then you might be thinking about self-publishing. If you do, then please read this book, because it will give you the general guidelines for getting some attention for that masterpiece. The reality is that it's a second job -- after writing the book -- to promote it. This book shows you how you can do it yourself. Of course, if you have all the money in the world, you can hire other people to do what's outlin If you're an author -- particularly of fiction -- and you're struggling to get noticed, then you might be thinking about self-publishing. If you do, then please read this book, because it will give you the general guidelines for getting some attention for that masterpiece. The reality is that it's a second job -- after writing the book -- to promote it. This book shows you how you can do it yourself. Of course, if you have all the money in the world, you can hire other people to do what's outlined here. But if you don't, then it's DIY book marketing for you.

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