Review: The Book Publisher’s Toolkit

The Book Publisher's Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self PublishersThe Book Publisher’s Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers by Independent Book Publishers Association
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t learn much from this book than I already knew about self-publishing. Some insightful tips, but it wasn’t really comprehensive. I’ve found more indepth accounts on blog posts and in other resources. I suppose for the person new to these dimensions, it would be helpful for a quick read, but if you’re a veteran writer or if you’ve done quite a bit of research in the topic already, it may be best to skip this.

The ten pointers were more of ten independently written articles that didn’t really have a flow to the order of them. It talks about social media promotion in the digital age, being able to gain recognition for your work, applying for and *buying* awards (though personally I think that article didn’t really mesh with the others at all), among other things. The best thing about this read is that it is brief and touches on the material as pointers, but the worst thing about it is that it doesn’t reach beyond a basic level of the topics it touches on. Beginners may get something out of it, but those who already have read a number of contributions in promotion and marketing would likely find this underwhelming.

Overall score: 1.5/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher IBPA.

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