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Book Review: How to Make a Living with Your Writing – Joanna Penn

How to Make a Living with Your WritingBook Title: How to Make a Living with Your Writing
Author: Joanna Penn
Format: eBook
Series: Books for Writers
Volume: 2
Length: 126 Pages
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Summary: Joanna Penn gives writers something to work towards in this great book about making a living as a writer. This book includes information on self-publishing, how to write books people actually will want to read and buy, different ways to make income from your writing, and shares insights from her own journey from cubicle farm to full-time writer.

Pros: This is a great book, chalk full of good information for writers. I really love her take on the writing life and the writing community. She encourages sharing the work of fellow writers and creating good karma for yourself and others in the writing community. I love that Ms. Penn is passionate about her chosen career and shares what she knows with us in so many ways.

Cons: I felt it was a bit salesy with links on almost every page to something Ms. Penn had wrote and had for sale. However, she did pepper in links to thinks for sale that were not hers. So there is the feeling that she is just offering what she think will help her fellow writers.

Reader Warnings: None

Conclusion: I recommend this book for writers looking to make money from their writing. It is geared more toward the beginner rather than someone who has already got their start in writing for a living, but sometimes that beginner information is useful to seasoned writers too.


Book Review: Crush It With Kindle – John Tighe

Crush it With Kindle

Book Title: Crush it With Kindle
Author: John Tighe
Format: eBook
Series: N/A
Volume: N/A
Length: 253 Pages
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Summary: John Tighe has put together a great little book for writers seeking to be successful selling their books in eBook format for Kindle. It includes monetizing Kindle books, choosing between niche and genre, how to write your book quickly, how to conduct research, writing your book, editing, and much more.

Pros: It’s very inclusive of the information needed to be successful on Amazon with Kindle eBooks. I especially enjoyed the parts about marketing your book and the book launch itself. Tighe gives tips on advertising, keyword research and usage, attention grabbing titles, why it’s important to use sub-titles, Amazon categories, and much more. It’s all useful information.

Cons: Some parts of the book were discouraging for me. Although they may have been honest, I felt there could be other ways to do what was being described. For example, Tighe recommends getting reviews for your book before you do the official launch. This would include giving away a free review copy of the book to someone in return for a review. I appreciate the fact that Tighe didn’t recommend making up reviews! However, this seems a daunting task as do other tasks in the book. Like I said, however, it may be the truth of it in which case it needs to be said.

Reader Warnings: None

Conclusion: This is a great book for anyone thinking about publishing eBooks on Amazon for Kindle. You can borrow it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.