How to Publish a BookAs one publishes a book
ALP: Writer, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to publish a book?
The book is good to read and the copy is well made. It' a mix of some unparalleled information, tonnes of commonplaces, many banalities and a good dash of "You can do it!
The Kawasaki book is beautiful. He is a man who has released many best-sellers, has over a million Twitter fans, has given a TED lecture and has profitable lecturing commitments at top corporations and university. Are you supposed to be writing a book? Both of these rudimental, worn out stories are pallid in relation to what is on Wikipedia.
Getting your book financed -- he is talking about kickstarter and how Seth Godin lifted a ridiculous amount of cash on it and financed his own disclosure many times over. Nobody will pay for the kickstarter of an unfamiliar independent writer. Except the writer has absurd luck and captures the flash in the can.
That' okay, but he is missing out on Fiverr, eLance[e.g. lowcosts, cover qualitiy options] or several well-known independent freelance artists like Damonza (which is pricey, but seems almost inexpensive in comparison to some of Kawasaki's recommendations). What really is the problem: it generally gives no useful piece of advice on how to further your book, and proposes that you need to expend tens of thousands to manufacture a professional one.
He has no clue how to boot a pro-Indie book because he didn't have to (ironically, since Thert of the Start attaches importance to it). Anybody who had Kawasaki's expanded web would have a tough time screwing up a book publication. However, most of those who read this will try to establish an independent carreer.
It' very similar to a renowned children's writer who writes a book about how to make scripts for slashers.... when their script is only illuminated in green because of their name. However, he knows nothing about the subtleties and peculiarities of the independent music. Let me be clear, this book does not suffers from its success.
I would say Kawasaki was missing a Golden Occasion -- had he combined his incomparable trade expertise with a firm, down-to-earth layout for anonymous writers (perhaps picked from many available blogs, textbooks and other resources - or interview these folks), APE could have been an unbelievable book. Instead, he is living in a country where ressources are apparently infinite and no matter how much free space is available (although it does set free a great deal of free reading and editing among his followers).
Throughout APE, Kawasaki will recommend buying a MacBook Air for writing (though he acknowledges that this is not necessary), learning Adobe InDesign to help size your book, spend your editors' dollars, provide signed book jackets, and create a useful info graphic to promote your book.
Up to two thousand nine hundred thirty-six dollar in cost at this point, and we haven't covered -- perhaps the ultimate item of the book. They can publish a book about Kindle and other sites for about five US Dollar with a proper Fiverr album.
If you get a professional format and artwork designer, you can usually go with an upload charge of less than $200. By way of reference: More than half of the independent writers earn less than five hundred US dollar a year. While applauding him for his business accomplishments, let's not mix things up here -- if Kawasaki had published this book with the help of an unfamiliar writer, he would have had a completely different perspective.
At about the same rate you can free of charge dowload Michael Alvear's Make a Kindle on Kindle, Tom Corson Knowles' The Kindle publishing Bible and the free self-publication podcast. You will learn a lot more -- almost everything you need to know about Kindle (and self-publication in general) -- from those who have fought and know what it really is like to be an independent musician.
Because of the speed of the independent authoring environment, I thought I should refresh my suggested resource lists. Whilst the Self Publication Podcast stays useful - and free -, the two volumes I referred to in the above section are less relevant today than they were two and a half years ago.