I’ve been cleaning and reorganizing my bookshelves. Some books are double parked so I thought I’d look through them and see if there’s any that I’ve outgrown and won’t read again.
While I have found a few that fit into that category…yes, I’m terrible about getting rid of stuff, I stumbled across some books that I’ll always consider keepers. I thought I’d share one with you today.
I’m not sure if it’s out of print now but I have a link to Amazon where various sellers have copies. It’s The Fiction Writer’s Silent Partner by Martin Roth. It has story ideas, fun facts in lots of categories like crime, sports and medicine. Name ideas and a chapter on creating characters. I could go on but it’s a great reference book to have on the shelf whether you’re a beginning writer or a seasoned one.
Over the holidays I finally got a chance to finish reading William Benitez’s book on self publishing. If you’re thinking about adding some titles on this topic to your bookshelf, here’s my review.
As someone very interested in self-publishing, I’ve read lots of books on this subject. One thing I preferred about this title was most of the information was brand new to me. Mr. Benitez offers you a been there, done that approach which will probably cut down on the learning curve for many of us.
He includes lots of screen shots to help clarify what he’s talking about…which is great for techno phobics like myself.
And added plus for me was he talks a lot about using the Serif Page Plus software which I happen to own but haven’t really explored yet. This book and his advice gave me lots of confidence to do just that, and then put it to good use in my own self-publishing adventure. In fact, it could a boom to self-publishers who don’t have a big budget. So if you own this low-cost software or thinking about buying it, then this is must read. And for others, I think it’s a good pick because it delves into self publishing topics other books haven’t tackled.
You probably remember that Theo Rogers stopped by This Writer’s Life a few weeks ago as part of his book tour to promote his book, How To Get Good Reviews On Amazon. He kindly gave me a copy to read so here’s my review-
I always judge a how to book by how much information it offers me that I didn’t know before, and this one scores high. As a book junkie, I visit Amazon’s site a lot and wasn’t aware they have ratings even for the reviewers. Another thing I learned from Theo’s books was you can actually approach them about the possibility of reviewing your book. I thought it was all down to luck. He even takes you through the process of how to contact them and what to say and what not to say.
Theo’s writing is down to earth and easy to read. He didn’t use too much insider jargon and when he did, he explained it.
And if you’re pushed for time, as most of us are these days, the book won’t take you more than an hour to read. I think it’s a book you’re likely to keep on your Kindle or computer just to go back and see what other tips you missed on the first reading. I also think just about anyone can benefit from reading it. Publishers, authors, self publishers, and yes, even people who are thinking of reviewing products and books on Amazon.