I make no secret of the fact that I have an ambition (albeit fairly vague and theoretical) to finish my novel and so when I was asked if I would like a copy of How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too! by Richard McNunn I jumped at the chance.
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How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too!
How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too! is written by bestselling author Richard McMunn, who has written and published over 150 books.
In this book, he covers everything you need to know in order to write and self-publish your own book in print and ebook format, and also how to get your book on Amazon and in high street stores such as Waterstones.
To write and self-publish a book, you need no prior experience of the publishing world. This might seem surprising, but it’s actually really simple! What you do need is a willingness to learn, and a mentor (someone who will help you). This book is divided into 3 sections: sections 1 & 3 cover Richard’s incredible and inspirational story from being a firefighter to discovering the publishing world and how he went on to publish over 150 bestselling books through his publishing company.
Section 2 covers the different steps you need to take to not only get your book written and published, but also to achieve bestseller status.
In Richard’s book you will learn in a simple, step-by-step format:
– How to write a book in any genre;
– How to give yourself the best possible chance of writing a bestseller;
– Understanding how the Amazon bestseller rank works;
– How to get your book ready for publishing, including critical elements such as proof-reading, editing, typesetting, e-Book formatting, book cover design, book descriptions, and more;
– How to create high-quality, professional artwork for your book, both digital and physical, ensuring that it stands out from the crowd;
– How to self-publish your book and start selling it on Amazon;
– How to effectively market your book to increase exposure;
– How to get your book stocked in Waterstones;
– Plus LOTS more!
Richard McMunn is a Number 1 bestselling author, Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year and Nielsen Digital Marketing Award Winner.
Ideal for any aspiring author, this book is an essential read for anyone looking to get their book written and on sale to millions of readers worldwide.
My Review of How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book
A handbook of practical advice for all aspiring writers.
Initially I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to get on with How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too! The long title and exclamation mark made me think I was going to get an exaggerated American style self help manual that was all fanfare and froth with little depth. I was wrong.
Certainly, there’s quite a bit about Richard and his route to publication, some 100 pages in the first section, but as he says at the end of the book, this isn’t to brag about his own achievements, but to inspire others and in this first section he helpfully sums up what he learnt from each aspect of his life so that aspiring writers won’t make the same mistakes but can skip straight to the positive aspects of making the most of their talents. I actually enjoyed reading about his life (and as an ex-English teacher am rather glad he was inspired by his own frizzy haired English teacher) as this section has pace and interest. I liked the poster style encouragements at the end of each chapter and could see these being pinned around a writer’s workspace for motivation when times get hard.
The book provides a wide range of helpful advice so that aspiring writers have much to learn between its pages. I think How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book is most helpful to those thinking about self-publishing and I found the information about doing so through Amazon especially interesting. I also think it is more suited to those looking at a non-fiction route because the author has more experience there. However, there are useful hints and tips for fiction writers too, especially in the action planning in Chapter 13.
As a blogger who frequently encounters authors who want me to read and review their books in the hope of boosting sales but who don’t use any social media to promote it themselves I thought Chapter 21 was essential reading. It sets out exactly what authors can do to promote their writing and encourage sales, regardless of whether they are writing fiction or non-fiction.
I enjoyed Richard McNunn’s How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book and I think it can be read on many levels. It is a practical and useful handbook for those considering writing, especially non-fiction. It’s a motivational book whose tenets could be applied to many aspects of life, not just writing. It’s also a highly entertaining biography of a hugely inspirational man.
About Richard McNunn
Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Richard McMunn is the bestselling author of the ‘How2Become’ series of career guides and the founder of his own unique VIP author mentoring programme.
After leaving school in Lancashire with just 3 GCSEs, Richard went on to join the Royal Navy — serving four years onboard HMS Invincible as an aircraft engineer. After leaving the navy, Richard took up a childhood ambition to become a firefighter with Kent Fire and Rescue Service where he served for seventeen years.
Today, Richard works as a full-time author and publisher and to date has authored 150 books and helped over 100 aspiring writers become published authors. He has also been awarded the IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year and the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award.
You can find out more by visiting Richard’s website.
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