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How to Buy a Good, High Quality Self-published or Indie-published Book or eBook

12 Nov

Talk to readers about self-published books or books produced by independent publishers and you’ll almost always hear the same thing: Their quality sucks. We’ve all bought them: abominable self-published books. We can complain about them forever. But how can we guard against them? I have two ideas that may separate the cream from the dreck: contest wins and star ratings on major review sites. It’s difficult to win book contests. I spell out how difficult. As a consumer, you should feel somewhat confident in buying prize winners. Reviews on major sites are a good guide. Believe it or not, not all good reviews come from friends and relatives. Here are a couple of sites where the requirement all books listed must have a minimum star rating of four stars on at least 10 reviews.

How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months by John Locke | A Your Shelf Life Review

27 Oct

This is a really great book. If you’re an author or aspiring author who wants to sell a bunch of books, you should buy it and put what it says into practice. It’s like having a strategic marketing coach who cares about you tucked away in your Kindle. You can buy it here.

That’s the business portion of this review. Having that out of the way, let’s hang out and get acquainted.

I bought this book approximately thirty seconds after the nice people at the Amazon Digital Platform sent me a press release saying that John Locke had passed the one million downloads mark, the eighth person in history to do so and the only self published author.

I had never heard of John Locke.

I’ve read the book four times now and can say that this is one of the most exciting books I’ve read in a long time, both for what it contains explicitly and for what isn’t talked about. The book is a how-to focused on John’s marketing plan and a case study of John Locke, both of which I find fascinating.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1) by Susan Ee | A Your Shelf Life Review

18 Jul

I was captivated by Susan Ee’s Angelfall. There are so many things to like about this book. It takes place months after an Armageddon instigated by angels. Angels are the bad guys? Yes. That’s only one of Angelfall’s quirky elements. The characters are endearing and fascinating: The tough/tender heroine Penryn. Her mentally ill and very dangerous mother. Disabled sister. Absent father. And the hunky angel, Raffe, who may or may not be a good “guy”.

I highly recommend this book for adults who like intense fantasy with horrific elements and violence. I didn’t find either disturbing, but some might. I would recommend this for older Young Adults.