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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NaNo for the New and Insane by Lazette Gifford

NaNo for the New and the InsaneNaNo for the New and the Insane by Lazette Gifford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a book about National Novel Writing Month, something I had meant to read before last year’s NaNoWriMo event but never got around to it. Basically is series of essays meant to help you stay on track and finish NaNoWriMo.

There are sections on tackling plots, surviving the forums, and staying motivated to write 50,000 words in one month. I love that the main theme is that whatever happens, have fun. NaNoWriMo is meant to be a fun writing challenge so that even if you don’t ‘win’ you still have a wonderful experience.

I especially enjoyed the interview with Chris Baty, the creator of NaNoWriMo. Essays are also pulled from Vision, a writing ezine, and blog posts from the author. I did find this ebook inspiring and do have some new techniques to try out with my writing routine.

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7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short ebook about seven actions we do or don’t take as writers that could make or break a story’s success. Some things seem obvious, others not so much, but we’re all guilty of one or the other from time to time. I know I am.

This is a brief look into what writing is really about (not just the story), and some of things we writers forget about while we’re busy writing or being inspired. I connected with the time management “mistake” since I have a constantly fluctuation day job (shift work) and my time management skills fluctuate day by day accordingly. There are a few tips to help this, and that’s what I’m taking away and working on these days.

It’s a free, easy read, so take a look and see what “mistakes” you’ve been making.

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Life Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

Life Writer's GuideLife Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so this is not the step-by-step walkthrough of how to write a memoir, biography, or autobiography, but this does get you thinking about all the ways to write about your life (or someone else’s) and the legal technicalities you might approach.

For instance, writing about someone famous may be difficult because you might need permission from them or their estate to even begin writing or researching them. writing about people you know can be tricky also, you’ll need their permission in some instances, and then ethics come into play. How much about them can you actually write about?

This ebook does get into the differences of writing each type of non-fiction biographic work, such as what makes a memoir different from a biography, and how not to make them boring to read. It really is a nice little ebook to have if you are thinking of writing such things. Even if all you want to do is keep track of your family’s stories for the family tree, this ebook is very helpful.

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