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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The self-publishing book industry is growing at an alarming rate. There are a lot of good authors out there being passed over by the traditional publishing houses. Taking the self-publishing route is their ticket to publishing success. Or is it? Do first time self-publishing authors really know what they’re getting into? Do they realize that there is much more to publishing than just seeing their book in print? There’s the marketing, for one thing, and that’s a big project all of its own.
So where does one start? What are the big gurus in the self-publishing industry not telling self-published authors? If you really don’t know, then check out Gisela Hausmann’s The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos and Don’ts Nobody is Telling You. Her books are clear-cut and to the point, what she describes as “naked (no-fluff) books.” Her reasoning for her approach? “I have no time for fluffy stuff in my life,” she wrote. “And I believe neither does anybody else.”
This little book of good advice leads the indie, self-published author through the quagmire of dos and don’ts for a successful self-publishing career. On topics such as legalities, editing, covers, reviews, promotions, marketing and so much more, the author helps the indie author find a way to market his/her books with less financial outlay, fewer costly mistakes and, quite simply, more effectively. There is a lot to the publishing industry, both self-publishing and traditional publishing, that authors are unaware of. Hausmann presents a concise guide to help both new and established authors to more successfully present their books to the public. A very useful and much needed tool. Lots of good tips and advice.