Book Review: How to Write Format Publish Promote
Your Book Without Spending any Money
Author: Derek Murphy
Cover Design: Derek Murphy
Publisher: Derek Murphy
Reviewer: Elizabeth Klein
Murphy has provided a wonderful resource for writers, especially for those just starting out. The Internet and social media have allowed publishing a book, growing your reader audience and becoming a successful author to not just be a distant dream, but a reality. This book is literally packed with information like a crown studded with gems of every variety. Murphy wants to help writers in their craft, made obvious with all the free resources he provides, this book being one of them.
It’s a practical guide for writers so they can traverse specific publishing related barriers with targeted solutions. If writers have a limited budget, Murphy shows in easy steps how they can produce a cool product without paying through the teeth. He doesn’t beat around the bush or pad the pages with empty fluff either. He does, however, provide loads of free tools to assist in DIY publishing.
I really liked the way he interspersed the book with quotes by other notable people and the advice at the conclusion from literary notables to encourage writers. He tells you the advantages of tools such as Scrivener, as well as giving handy hints on how to self-edit your own writing, what sort of cover to choose, and then he wades through the complex (and challenging) sections of formatting your own book. My own brain isn’t wired to understand it all, but he goes into simplified steps on designing and formatting with loads of graphics.
Publishing, although can be free, has its own complexities involving keywords, categories, blurbs and so on, with which Murphy provides assistance to writers. Promoting has its own section of wonderful advice and free tools as well, making this book one of the best on every point for new as well as established writers. Derek Murphy is generous to a fault and offers loads of tips and great ideas. This book is among the best out there and I highly recommend it to anyone just starting out on the journey of publishing their first, or twentieth, book.
And it’s free!