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Book Review: The Kindle Publishing Bible: How to Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon, by Tom Corson-Knowles

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Three posts in a row about books? That’s a little unusual for me. Yet, since books, reading and writing are such important parts of my life, it’s possibly more strange that I don’t write about books more often.

As a writer I’m always keen to learn how to write, publish and market books more effectively. Which is why The Kindle Publishing Bible: How to Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon, by Tom Corson-Knowles, published by TCK Publishing, was of such interest to me
Even though this book was published a few years ago and certain Amazon features may have changed since then, it was a book full of useful information and great resources to assist an author considering self-publishing on the Amazon platform.

However, the book doesn’t stop there. There are also great tips to assist with the writing process included. I especially found the chapter about selecting a title for a book of interest, since this is something I’m currently battling with myself. The suggestions given will definitely stay with me.
While I have not yet had a chance to investigate the many promotional tools given in the book, there are bound to be at least a few that can assist with the marketing of a self-published book, which often proves a stumbling block for new authors.

In conclusion, I found this quick-reading book both practical and easy to follow. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to publish and market a book through Amazon.

Speaker Savvy, by Bronwyn Hesketh – A “Must Read” for Speakers

I was fortunate to read an advance copy of Bronwyn Hesketh’s book, Speaker Savvy. Basically, it’s a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about the professional speaking world, and contains many valuable ‘do’s and don’ts” for those entering (or thinking of entering) the speaking industry.

I found the book easy to read– it’s full of stories and anecdotes from the author’s career as a speaker agent – and it includes many valuable pointers to help new and aspiring speakers.

I personally found the chapters on marketing and the speaker/agent relationship of particular interest and noted several key strategies that I will use to advance my own speaking business.

Bronwyn’s humour and distinctive and personal voice are an added bonus – I can pretty much guarantee that you will find yourself laughing at several of the stories as you make your way through the book. I know I did!

If there is one thing that concerned me about the book, it was some of the less than flattering stories that Bronwyn shared about the speaking industry and speaker bureaus in general. Having said that, at least I feel more knowledgeable about some of the possible pitfalls that can occur in this part of the industry.

I would definitely recommend Speaker Savvy to anyone who has newly entered the wonderful world of professional speaking, and anyone considering doing so. It will give you a solid understanding of the realities of this industry

Speaker Savvy should be released in late June or early July 2016 – to find out more contact Bronwyn on bronwyn@speakersinc.co.za.

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