Having been a self-published author, I have been familiar with Chandler Bolt’s material for a while. But I wanted to give this newly updated version of his book a go. He gives a lot of good nuggets—especially if it is your first time ever writing or publishing a book. However, it is really only nuggets that work well for nonfiction. If you are a fiction author, this would probably be a skip in my opinion. He should really explain that himself instead of assuming that everyone writing a book is writing nonfiction!
In that same way, he seems to assume that everyone can write a book the same way. As both a writer and editor, I wholeheartedly believe that there is no one way to write a book. It is what works best for the author. Bolt tends to care less about how well the book is written and mostly the fact that you get it on paper and let editing do the rest. I know that is common for nonfiction authors, but not all of them want to write a book in such a way. Which further plays in to the fact that there is not one right way to write a book.
Also, Bolt is very salesy. To the point where I think it can feel a little slimy. So this book feels a lot like a sales pitch for his further programs. If that was cut out, it would be a much shorter book but also much more resourceful for the reader.
Note: I’ve heard from others that these books are available on his website for free—in exchange for your email address of course.
This was a really informative read. The world of publishing is overwhelming and the process of writing a novel can seem daunting but Bolt made the process feel more accessible.
Chandler Bolt's "Published" proves to be an invaluable resource for aspiring writers contemplating the path to publishing. Whether one is considering self-publishing or pursuing the traditional route, this guide offers a comprehensive overview of the steps needed to get their book into the hands of eager readers. Notably, the book delves into the crucial aspect of marketing, emphasizing its significance even before the actual writing process and continuing well after publication—a fundamental element in any writer's journey.
As an aspiring author myself, I found the guidance in "Published" immensely helpful, and I anticipate returning to this guidebook regularly to reassess and fine-tune my writing business. Chandler Bolt's expertise shines through, providing practical insights that offer a clear roadmap for navigating the complexities of the publishing world.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for granting me the opportunity to delve into this invaluable book in exchange for my honest review. "Published" is a must-read for any writer seeking to make their mark in the literary realm.
A good book outlining the process of getting published. The book is pretty thorough and the information is broken down into digestible and accessible chunks.
Published by Chandler Bolt is a great guide for writers who are considering writing to publish. Whether self publishing or going the traditional route, Published gives an overview guide of how to get your book into the hands of readers. There is also an important segment about marketing even before writing the book, then about after. this is a critical element of publishing and is at the core of anyone’s writing journey. I will definitely return to this guidebook often to reevaluate my writing business.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
An absolute godsend if you're trying to go down this career path. You won't regret purchasing/reading this!!
This book does deliver on its promise to provide a path to writing your book. Clear and concise, easy to follow. Leaves you with the confidence and motivation to get through your first draft.
What the actual fuck is this book? Other than an extended advertisement for Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I don';t know who it's for or who would read it.
I was really excited to read this book. I love learning about the craft of writing and the publishing industry, and the cover hooked me pretty easily (I'll give credit where it's due, because it was very well designed).
But after reading, what stood out to me most was how niche this book was. It was clearly targeted towards aspiring writers looking to write and self-publish their first (most likely non-fiction) book, particularly to aid in their business.
If this is you, then sure. Go ahead and read this book. There are some good points in it, especially about marketing your book. But otherwise, I'd say probably not. While the author makes a point of saying that his strategies will work for 70-90% of writers, I knew I wasn't one of them, and to be honest, I didn't feel like I gained much from it.
What stood out to me most about this book was a single sentence in which the author used the term PTSD lightly and entirely out of context. It's sadly not uncommon to see it, along with other mental illnesses/disorders such as OCD and Depression being so casually used in a way that is offensive to those who are affected by them, but it really bugged me and affected me whole view of the book.
So, if you fit into that bracket I mentioned above, then consider looking into this book, but otherwise, I wouldn't consider it to be a very beneficial craft book to members of the writing community.
I’m always super excited to pick up a book that will motivate me in my writing. I tend to start with an open mind and see how I go. Unfortunately, I found this one incredibly generic and ultimately not for me.
Very structured and comprehensive book on publishing that can be useful from practical side for any new author or an author who decided to go self publishing route. I liked it from the structure and step by step guide perspective because it does provide a good outline of what needs to be done from the point of writing a book to the point of publishing, launching and relaunching it. There are good and useful tips as well as action items at the end of each chapter.
Super informative for anyone who wants to publish a book! Definitely worth reading!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc ebook in exchange for an honest review.
This was a well organised reference text for people interested in self-publishing non-fiction books. Parts of this could be adapted to fiction books as well, so worth exploring if you are new to the publishing game and want to learn more about how self-publishing works. That said, this is definitely just one person's approach (isn't everything?) so I'd go into reading this with a very clear idea of what I want out of it.
This was a NetGalley review.
I'm using this book as a real-time companion. Most information is not 'new' or 'revolutionary', but it's helpful in practice.
I listened to the audiobook first.
Not much valuable info about self-publishing. Only self-promoting of author's own business.
P.S. The book (physical, digital and even audio version) is free on their site. So this book is definitely just a hook to the amateur authors.
Thanks to NetGalley for the revised version of this book. If you're planning a nonfiction book, then definitely read this book. I felt like it was geared more toward nonfiction planning and not so much on fiction. I did take away some great motivation and quotes, but overall, as an already published author, a majority of the book was not geared toward me as a target.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about writing a book and wants to know more about the process from start to finish. There are great tips from beginning to end and once you have published once, you have the basics down.
On another positive note, it's a fairly quick read so it's easy to skim through the areas that don't apply if you want to pick up some additional ideas to boost your own self-publishing business.
This book succinctly explains the process of how to go from a novel idea to a published, successful author. Like a piece of modern art, you may think to yourself, "I could have made this!" but like any piece of art, it takes a foundation of education and experience to create something that seems so effortless.
The section on marketing was great to read, as many authors tend to avoid thinking of that part of the publishing process. This book really makes writing feel attainable to anyone with the gumption and commitment to see a project through.
I loved this book and learned a great deal of information from reading it. I desire to grab a copy of it for my personal library. Bolt presents the content in an easy to understand way and it makes so much sense with his step by step methods for publishing your book.
Thanks to NetGalley for the copy for the purpose of this review. Five stars!