Writing a book and becoming a literature sensation overnight is a rarity – it happened only with a handful of writers like Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter). Well, but it doesn’t mean that others didn’t achieve success with books. Writing a book and getting it published, and selling it like a bestseller calls for a proper channelization and deep insights about publishing and much more. As a matter of fact, a new writer has to be equipped with the proper knowledge of the publishing industry trends to make the most of his/her writing caliber.
Knowledge is important! Knowledge is power! Same goes everywhere and applies to all fields. Know-how of publishing and book marketing is a must-have factor to all aspiring writers. Without this, it would be difficult to find the correct reader base. Well, the good news is that gaining publishing knowledge is not a rocket science – couple of good books from the industry experts and you are done.
One such book, published recently, is Self-publishing: Expectation vs Reality, written by Nataraj Sasid. The book is a short read but quite a useful book for aspiring authors on how to get published and understanding the difference between all sorts of publishing options available today. On the other hand, established authors can take up the tips regarding book promotion and marketing. Most of the books giving information about self-publishing are outdated, they talk about dos and don’ts but hardly give information on the digital factor in the publishing and resources and insights and scope about audio books.
Segmented in around 14 topics, this book makes you take a stance on expectation vs reality. The book starts with on being a good writer and how to become one. Was it needed in this book? Yes, a good and self-disciplined writer pens down good content, which ultimately finds it readers. That is the power of good content!
The most important and useful chapter is ‘Introduction to Publishing’. As it expands ahead, lot revelations are done from a point of view of an insider. The most crucial chapter is about why most self-published authors fail – if heeded properly and taken all the points, one can really come up with a successful career while writing books.
As one chugs ahead, gets equipped with the difference between self-publishing, vanity press, and traditional publishing. The author has poignantly made out the differences between all forms of publishing. In a nutshell, the book insists that getting self-published and making into bestseller isn’t that tough. It’s achievable and millions of writers across the world are doing it and enjoying their success like anything.
It would not be fair to unveil all good aspects/takeaways from the book in just one review. Rather, we would urge to you get a look inside by grabbing your copy. Most of the books are for readers; however, this is specifically for the author community. If you are serious about your writing career, this book should be on your TBR list as soon as possible. A highly recommended helpful book for authors!