Next Steps for Authors to Maintain and Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success (Authors Unite Book 7)Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what next? You’ve written, edited, designed, published and marketed your book, now what?

Well….Tyler gives us some ideas. The obvious one is: do it again! Write another book! There are other suggestions, mostly for the non-fiction folks. Use your book to promote your consulting/coaching/speaking/whatever business is the big idea here besides writing more books.

He continues talking about the value of the book and how it can make you more verifiable when talking on any given subject. It drives home the idea that this series was written mostly with non-fiction writers in mind, with a few (very few) crumbs tossed to those who only do fiction.

It is nice that this book was included in the series and didn’t just stop with “you did it!”, and carried on with more ideas to keep going.

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Marketing Tips for Authors by Tyler Wagner

Marketing Tips For Authors: A Marketing Guide For Authors To Become Profitable Authors (Authors Unite Book 6)Marketing Tips For Authors: A Marketing Guide For Authors To Become Profitable Authors by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book, there is some good information here, and he breaks it down well. First, we talk about book launches, what they are, and why you should have one. This actually took some of the awe and confusion out of a book launch for me, so even with just that, I felt this book was useful.

In the next chapters he divides up the social media platforms, and outlines some simple strategies for marketing on those platforms. He even leaves a chapter open for other platforms and room to grow. I will say though that he focuses heavily on Facebook.

I felt that this was one of the better books in the series as the information here can apply to all books.

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Self Publishing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Self Publishing Tips For Writers: A Self Publishing Guide For Writers To Become Successful Authors (Authors Unite Book 5)Self Publishing Tips For Writers: A Self Publishing Guide For Writers To Become Successful Authors by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook in the series covers the process of uploading your work of art to Amazon, pricing the book, setting up keywords, book descriptions, setting up the book page and your author page. I am also going to point out that Amazon recently combined their ebook publishing with their paperback publishing so it’s now all on their KDP site.

I told you that so that you know that because of the restructuring on Amazon this book is now slightly out of date with it’s step by step process and some of the references to Createspace (which no longer exists).

Apart from that, I did enjoy the advice on book pricing, keywords, and book descriptions.

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Design Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Design Tips For Writers: A Design Guide For Writers To Get Better At Designing (Authors Unite Book 4)Design Tips For Writers: A Design Guide For Writers To Get Better At Designing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the shortest book in Tyler Wagner’s Authors Unite series, he even admits it himself. There is one reason for this that I can see: he simply tells you to hire a designer (or several). Oh, he does go through how to find one, what you should pay for it (editor James comes back to add his 2 cents), and what a designer should do for you.

There’s a little joke about “judging a book by its cover”, but for the most part that’s all this book is. If you had to skip a book in his series, this would be the one.

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Editing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Editing Tips For Writers: An Editing Guide For Writers To Get Better At Editing (Authors Unite Book 3)Editing Tips For Writers: An Editing Guide For Writers To Get Better At Editing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook is where the author shines! He brings in his own editor to add to the information presented here on editing. While there is heavy evidence on getting a professional editor, there is some good information here for editing your own work.

This is where the series deviates from a focus on non-fiction, as editing is something every book needs. James, the editor, gives us detail information on the editing process from his point of view, and then gives us information on how to prepare a rough draft for the editing process.

This ebook is most likely the best book in the series because of the information from the editor and the de-emphasis on genres.

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Writing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing (Authors Unite Book 2)Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this ebook from the Author’s Unite book series, the author works through developing mind maps, outlines, brainstorming, and then finally developing a writing routine by just sitting down to write.

He gives you all the rehashed information during the brainstorming phase, again being dedicated more so to non-fiction, by creating a mind map. Then, organizing the mind map into an outline. After that he gives some motivational pep talks on getting down the writing part of the book.

There’s a bit on silencing your inner editor so you can get on with writing, but there’s nothing really new here either – but it’s a part of the series like the previous book, and together the books work a little better.

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The Big Idea by Tyler Wagner

The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas (Authors Unite Book 1)The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a seven book writing series that focuses almost exclusively on non-fiction books, as that is what the author knows and has written. Those who write fiction might gain some insight from this series, but it is not technically written with that in mind.

The Big Idea is the book that helps a person develop their book topic ideas. It’s all fairly well rehashed common sense: write what you know; make a list, then condense the list. It’s short and to the point, with a dash of self-promoting, as the author also runs a writer’s group called Author’s Unite.

All in all, there are a few gold nuggets to pluck from this ebook, but I can’t say that it is anything interesting by itself, it’s a series for a reason.

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[Netflix] Book Tag

Time for another book tag, this time it’s coming to us from Book Loving Nut, and it’s the Netflix Book Tag, which I thought was quite appropriate for this blog! So without further ado here are the prompts:

Recently Watched: The book you most recently read:

I actually just recently finished a series of writing books from Tyler Wagner, his Author’s Unite series. The last book in that series was Next Steps for Authors.

Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on another book you’ve read:

Well, if we go with the previous answer, Tyler Wagner references his book called Conference Crushing heavily in his writing series. However I will most likely not be reading that one. I do have more Jodi Picoult books recommended to me by my co-workers that I will be reading!

Recently Added: The book you most recently bought:

I could go on again about Tyler Wagner, but since I’ve already covered that I’ll go with the next most recent purchase and that was V. C. Andrews’ Landry series from a local thrift store.

Popular on Netflix: One book that you have and one book that you haven’t read that everyone has been talking about:

Well, my co-workers are still talking about Jodi Picoult, a book on the death penalty that they would like me to read, does that count? I have read The Shack which has been made into a movie was a big deal around my work place for awhile.

Comedies: A funny book:

Anything by Sir Terry Pratchett, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Dramas: A character that is a total drama king or queen:

No specific character, but any female character that suffers from “all the males want me”, total drama queen.

Cartoons: a book with cartoons on the cover:

Again, anything by Sir Terry Pratchett. I love his Discworld series.

Watch again: a book or series you want to read again:

I have reread The Unicorn Chronicles several times already, plan to reread The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum again, and want to reread the Second Sons Trilogy.

Documentaries: a non-fiction book that you would recommend to everyone:

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Action & Adventure: an action packed book:

James Patterson’s books certainly are action packed. I also like Tana French’s books are good for this too.

New releases: A new release or soon-to-be-released book that you’re excited about:

I do not follow new releases that well. I’m not even sure I know of any coming out as I don’t really have a series I follow closely.

 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this book tag and I tag everyone who would like to do it themselves! And as always…

 

Keep reading little book worms!