The Cephalopod Coffeehouse #Review: Sell Your Soul #business #book

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Title: Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career
Author: Russell Nohelty
Genre: Business, Nonfiction
Pages: NA
Reading Level: Adult
Content: Adult (business tactics, technical terms and practices)

I received a digital ARC of this book from the author because I’ve supported several of his Kickstarter campaigns and follow his creative business advice group and listen to his podcast from time to time. What can I say, I’m still having trouble getting into podcasts. In any case, I love this guy’s passion for his personal works and his indie press releases. I know I’ve learned so much from him already, so reading this book was a no brainer.

Initial thoughts- this book was great. It wasn’t too long, but it was a hefty length because it covers a lot of information. I like that, before the book dives deep into the how-tos of the creative business, the author explains the necessity of passion. Passion is the one thing I think, anyone who encounters Russell Nohelty, notices about him. He loves what he does and frequently reiterates that that has to be the number one reason a person decides to create something, whatever it is.

Then the book starts to dive into the how-to of business, but not just general stuff. Everything Nohelty discusses is directed specifically to creative people who want to make money with their creativity and break the stigma that all artists have to be starving. He speaks to the readers as if there’s a conversation happening. He’s quite frank and down to earth, but still concise and purposeful with his words. There are times when you can almost hear Russell yelling into the pages that yes, this is going to be hard, but it’s not impossible.

Nohelty is also upfront and honest about what has and hasn’t worked for him while leaving it to the reader to decide what they want to try because he or she might have a completely different experience. There are certain aspects of the book that feel like life hacks. They are literal step-by-steps of what he did, so why not try it yourself.

I feel like a large part of the book, when reading in between the lines, is about gearing the reader up to break out of their comfort zone. There are things he mentions in this book that I’ve thought about doing but just didn’t think that was the way things were done. Now I know that they can be the way, there are just so many people who are too afraid to try them. He also mentions a few things I never would have thought of, which I now realize is a reflection of the lack of confidence I sometimes have in my own work.

I don’t know that this is the greatest book ever written about the business of creativity, but it’s pretty darn good. I’d totally recommend it. Heck, that’s what I’m doing right now.

I give this book a 5.

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#Review : Writing Affirmations #writing #book

Title: Writing Affirmations: A Collection of Positive Messages to Inspire Writers
Series: NA
Author: Rob Bignell
Genre: How-to, Inspirational
Pages: 122
Reading Level: Adult
Content: G

I’m not here to jump on a bandwagon, but for someone who struggles to read, what I consider “self-help”, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book and actually learned from it.

My original intent with this book was to read it as quickly as possible and focus on any positive points I could find so I could write a decent review when the time came. Fortunately for me, life got in the way of my plans and I had to take time to read pages of this book here and there, whenever I could squeeze it in. In doing so, I believe I tricked myself into seeing the true value of this book.

Yes, the book is motivational and helps wannabe writers gain confidence and encouragement, but it is also practical. Finding practical advice and examples to apply within my own path to publication was more than I could have asked for. I think it’s great that the book is broken down into weeks giving a new writer a chance ease into the role of author, but I think it’s versatile enough to be adapted to any schedule or writing plan.

I personally have started to use some of the exercises on projects I started, but never finished. I’m skipping around and using it as a reference. However, it’s still nice to know that should I need motivation, this book can help me get or find motivation.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to write, whether for pleasure or a career. It’s a great desk top companion or nightstand accessory.

Disclaimer: I received a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review and later purchased a copy of my own.

I give this book a 5.


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Purple Snowflake Marketing by Lillian Brummet

Book Title: Purple Snowflake Marketing – How To Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd

Author Name: Lillian and Dave Brummet

Publisher: Independent

Reading Level: Adult

Genre: how-to, self-help, book promotion, etc…

Content Rating: G

Available Formats:  e-book and print

Number of Pages: 378

Purchase Links: Available at most online bookstores as well as: (e-book) | (print)

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Book Description

Make your book stand out in the crowd! Getting your book into the hands of paying readers is the most important goal of a writer and with the tools offered in this book the sales of your book will increase dramatically!

For the average author the marketing and promotion of their own book is a mystery in itself, and outsourcing these activities can quickly erode their budget. This book has all the tools and tips for developing that marketing plan, and turn your writing into a professional career.

Purple Snowflake Marketing offers a realistic guide to what authors can expect to face and how to employ research and preparation to make a memorable first impression. As you put together a marketing plan, you will be able to proceed with the confidence of a seasoned writer. This book is packed with value, with over 1000 resources along with stats and inspiring quotes to assist you in developing that unique marketing plan for each book you write.


Book Excerpt:

“The first year after a book is released is often termed as the “one-year honeymoon period” by those in the industry. This is because many authors run out of contacts (friends, family, local media, colleagues, etc.) their budget has run dry, and initial marketing tactics are completed around the one-year mark. If the author has some name recognition, a basic marketing plan in place that goes beyond the Honeymoon Period, and shows an understanding of the promotional work required, than the author has a greater chance of being accepted by publishers.

Now, one of the reasons publishers must be choosy is simply related to budget. They are working with, like everyone else, a limited budget. So as book proposals come in they are looking for the ones that will be the least likely to drain their budget and the most likely to bring in revenue. Therefore a proactive author will have a greater chance of getting approval and considerations for any other programs they might have in place.

Sure, we can see e-book authors, for instance, who are making a living from just one or a few e-books. We also see authors in print format reaching out to the Internet audience, and succeeding. The reason? That is where people are. They are not attending events in the numbers they used to, they are not going into bookstores and libraries in the numbers they used to – and so we have to go where they are. What do your readers want? What formats do they like? It really boils down to knowing the audience for each book that is about to be released.

The success of your book depends on many factors starting with genre, release date, the publisher’s policies, the size of book, the quality of the printing, the format you choose, printer and publisher schedules, staffing, suppliers and the original condition of the manuscript. The ingenuity, preparedness and experience of the author, personal finances and resources, and location can also determine the success of a book. All of this will influence how a book is marketed and reinforces the need for every book’s marketing plan to be unique.”

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