Wednesday, January 02, 2013

APE ~ How To Publish a Book

I read my first Kindle book from start to finish this past week. The title was APE ~ How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki with Shawn Welch.
I've written and published two books so I actually know something about the topic, but I downloaded it based on the table of contents.
The book goes far beyond writing, and publishing. It gives very good tips, and resources, for all phases of publishing a book.
I was most interested in tips on design, editing, marketing and promotion. All four of these sections had very good information.
I've mentioned it before, but I've picked up quite a few new followers lately so I just wanted to say the books I've written originated in the pages of this blog.
I will write an entry that's promising, I'll polish up the entry and use it as one of my weekly newspaper columns, and then I select the best of the columns and publish them in paperback books and on Kindle.
Neither of my books has gone viral, but I'm making a little money locally.
I picked up some tips that have already helped me to sell books that I might not have sold. As I've said before, writing is the easy/fun part. Learning how to put books in the hands of readers is more of a challenge.


  1. It's great to learn something new every I hope all your new info improves the sales and maybe another book can be in the works!

  2. I am really interested in this. It is something I have been mulling over for quite a while. Congrats on publishing-that is a major accomplishment- xo Diana

  3. I agree with the other two comments.
    I have tons to write about. Just need to set up a quiet place where I won't be bothered to be creative.
    I am so glad you are making headway in this area.

  4. How wonderful to have written and published two books.. you should feel very proud...


  5. My daughter in law has been writing books. They are published. She works hard just to get the books noticed and sold.

  6. Great for you for having published 2 books. Wishing you success in selling them and writing a third.


  7. I have often said that I was going to write a book but it has never happened.

    Congrats on publishing 2 books and good luck with the 3rd one.

  8. I wonder if it will also be useful outside of book publishing, perhaps for publishing other materials as well.

  9. What's the best tip you've found in a book? For selling your books, that is.


  10. Well hey now - if your books are on Kindle, I shall find them and read them! I had no idea. LOVE my Kindle and I love your writing so it's a match made in heaven.

  11. @ Yaya, thanks. There is another book in the works. It's fiction. It's my intention to have it this year.
    @NanaDiana, It's not as hard as one might think. One of the important things is to have someone that's REALLY good at editing.
    @A Lady's Life, make a commitment to yourself to write one word. The rest will follow.
    @Jenny thanks for your kind words.
    @Susan good luck to your daughter. I can tell you putting books in the hands of readers is one of the hardest parts.
    @ Julia, thanks.
    @Beth. There is no time like the present :)
    @ Bio Toxin, I'm sure there's information in APE that would help in selling music CDs or other things.
    @Janie, I'll email you about your quesiton.
    @Karen, there are several books with the title Life Happens. But if you search on Life Happens and Rick Watson, it will come up. It's 99 cents right now.
    Thanks all.

  12. Thanks for the book recommendation. My daughter is a journalist who is working on her first novel - I'll pass this book title along to her!


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