Before you say, “But I’m not especially fond of primates,” hang on. APE stands for Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur. And I am going out on a limb here when I say that this is one of the most honest, least hypey, overall best books I have read on self-publishing in a long time.
Kawasaki and his co-author Shawn Welch walk you through the steps of writing and publishing your own book with an even-handed, comprehensive and sequential approach. Instead of falling into the trap of “Write and Publish Your Book in 5 Days!,” they admit that it’s more work self-publishing because many more things can go wrong and it’s up to you to fix them.
This book focuses on e-publishing and, while ebooks are currently no more than 10 percent of the market, it is a quickly growing trend.
At the same time, the authors offer all the resources you will need to succeed. Throughout the book, you get cool tools, including easy-to-read charts that help you digest and apply the information quickly. And, because first-time authors are at the greatest risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous companies that promise them the world, the section on avoiding the scams is especially valuable.
A review of APE: Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur
I’m starting you off with this hilarious 4+-minute video, called So You Want to Write a Novel. But you can substitute the word “book” for every time “novel” is used because it applies to authors of all kinds. I guarantee this is worth 4 minutes of your time:
The three parts of APE: