Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review of Author Publisher Entrepreneur- How to Publish a Book

Author Publisher Entrepreneur or APE is a how to guide written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. It is published as a digital book which is available on Kindle. This means that if you want to, you can access the information inside it almost immediately. The text caters to people who have a love for a particular subject and want to share that with others through words.

Like many other persons who are interested in getting the guide, you may want to know more about the content. You can do that by looking inside it using the feature which Amazon has provided, which allows you to read the Contents page and pages from the first chapter for free.

The authors answer a lot of questions that first time authors, self publishers and entrepreneurs often have. These are a few of the topics that they cover:
  • Reasons to write a book, such as mastering a new skill
  • How agents and publishers work in traditional publishing
  • Face to face conferences, DRM and other aspects of e-publishing
  • Building an enchanting personal brand
  • Controversial issues, such as whether you should write a book to meet a gap in your finances
The content is well written and visual learners will appreciate the pictures that are used to illustrate different points. The drawback of publishing on kindle is that the charts and images that are embedded in the pages are sometimes tiny. You can get around this problem by highlighting and selecting the graphs that you want to look at.

There are lots of links to additional resources presented all through the guide. The advantage of using the Kindle to read it is that you can immediately click on and go to any one of these external resources that interest you. There are about 400 hyperlinks in all throughout the content. It makes Author Publisher Entrepreneur a bit of a mini library and a good tool for anyone who plans to write and publish a book in their lifetime.

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Tips on Getting Over Writer’s Block

These tips on getting over writer's block should help you if you are having difficulty completing a novella or some other form of writing. Writer’s block may be caused by tiredness. This tiredness can be emotional as well as physical and may even come after a long period of intense writing, as you poured out your energy into your work.

It may be caused by the stress of having to deal with regular, everyday events. Your mental energy may be drained from driving for an hour in traffic, waiting in lines, solving problems at work or home, worrying about your deadlines, etc. There are many things which can distract you from writing and leave you in a place where your creativity seems to have gone for a walk.

You have to develop ways to put yourself back in the place where ideas come and are useful to you. In the first place, you need to identify the things that harm your creativity, stopping you from writing. Some things can’t be avoided but your reaction to them can be modified, so that you still produce the quality fan fiction or other work that you desire.

For example, if you are writing a fictional novella, you might find that writer’s block temporarily puts you in a world outside of the one inhabited by your characters. It draws the curtain on the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

When getting over writer’s block, picture yourself on a stage. It’s dark and you know the characters are there. You walk up to the curtain. In your mind, picture yourself pulling the curtain back. Do it gently. You don’t want them to be aware of your presence. You just want to observe. Picture the spotlight turning the focus on each character. Write down what you see them doing.

That technique, unaltered, may not be as useful when writing something factual, as your block may stem from a lack of information or even information overload. If you are interested in getting over writer's block, continue or start your work from the most interesting angle in that case and do further research or eliminate information based on the angle you decide to take.