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Book review – Three marketing / publishing books by John Monyjok Maluth

Today’s book review of an author’s three self-publishing guides is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

John Monyjok Maluth’s three self-publishing guides

The Marketing GuideThe Marketing Guide: The negative concept about the traditional book marketing is that, a certain company must publish your book. This concept is now past. It is not modern even though some authors are relying on this concept even today. Getting into public is the main issue. The quality of your book matters the most.

The Publisher’s Guide: With the help of today’s technology, you can do the impossible things yourself. You can write, edit, proofread, design, format, convert, publish and market your books online. Would you believe this to be true? Whether you believe it or not, it is happening daily. People are writing and publishing their own book daily. The book publishing concept is already changing from time to time.

The Author’s Guide: In the Author’s Guide, I have discussed about the writing concepts, types, history, and finally, the independent publishing in the modern world. Today, you cannot only write books, you can also publish your own online. It’s time to get started!

Review (of the eBooks)

I came across Kenyan John Monyjok Maluth’s three self-publishing guides while recommending Smashwords to an editing client.

I started with the marketing guide where the first half talked about where to self publish and the associated outlets available so not really marketing as such. Section 5 entitled social network book marketing was the most useful although talked about the mainstream sites of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.

It was at 88% that we get marketing tips so up to then it felt more like the where to get books available guide.

There was a fair amount of repetition throughout the book and the message was to use social media, tell friends et cetera so, for me, sadly nothing new but a good refresher, especially when it came to utilising email contacts. I have never set up a newsletter and had started the process on mail chimp – which isn’t mentioned in John’s books – and must see that through.

John’s publishing guide is similar but – as you would expect – shows you how to self publish and skims over marketing.

I then went on to the author’s experience which does what it says on the tin; how John came to writing and self-publishing then talks again about how to market.

In all three books, he reiterates that we should write because we love it, not for the money, although both is ideal. I concur.

I did spot a couple of typing errors in the marketing guide: ‘tranditionally’ and ‘its’ marketing success’ (where they shouldn’t be an apostrophe after its – an easy mistake to make). And another easy mistake to make – in the publisher’s guide – is ‘both you and me will be paid $25’. Drop the ‘both you and’ and the rest doesn’t make sense so the best way to remember when you’re trying to decide whether to use ‘you and me’ or ‘you and I’.

For beginners they are excellent guide, especially as they are all given away free on Smashwords, and a useful reminder for more seasoned writers.

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Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.

 

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Book review – for readers and writers – no.141: Morgen Bailey reviews Bobo by Richard Schiver

Today’s book review of a single short story is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

Bobo by Richard Schiver

Bobo by Richard SchiverSynopsis: Awakening to find herself the victim of a kidnapping, Sarah realizes just how alone she really is. The kidnapper believes her husband will pay handsomely for her safe return, but he doesn’t know about their coming divorce. Help arrives from an unlikely source as Sarah comes face to face with old memories she’s kept hidden even from herself.

This short story is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bobo-Richard-Schiver-ebook/dp/B00727UILU and http://www.amazon.com/Bobo-Richard-Schiver-ebook/dp/B00727UILU.

Review

The first sentence is good: ‘The sound came to Sarah like a persistent pounding’, except that it is the first of a two-sentence first paragraph which should be one sentence, and this happens a few times. The following paragraph is then a little repetitive: ‘it became louder, growing in intensity’, although I liked ‘until it filled the emptiness around her’. We then go back in time to her childhood and realise that it was not a great time for her.

When the kidnapper talked about a $2 million ransom, I assumed that Roger, Sarah’s husband, was a highflying businessman, but there is only mention of his humanitarian work, which as far as I’m aware doesn’t pay very well and his profession is never explained, which is a shame.

Another great phrase was ‘The reply was accompanied by a dry chuckle that stirred the short hairs on the nape of her neck’, and poor puppy Ambrose (great name).

There is plenty of eeriness in this short story, as the cover and synopsis would imply, and the description of sounds was excellent.

There are quite a few typos, however, including Mrs Michaels having an’ after Michael (Michael’s) where it shouldn’t, a rogue e in ‘clothe’, and some missing punctuation and incorrectly placed punctuation, and required capitalisation in dialogue.

Conclusion

For many readers, this would be an uninterrupted enjoyable story but for some – myself included – it needed a sweep by an editor for a final polish, especially one who knows the rules of dialogue punctuation, and for that reason only, this story loses a point.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.

Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List ($0.99 / £0.77) and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has eight collections of short stories available (also $0.99 / £0.77 each) – detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories.

She also helps other authors with an inexpensive freelance editing and critiquing service, and welcomes, and actively helps to promote, guest authors on her blog – see opportunities.

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You can subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything (see right-hand vertical menu).

You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping Listvarious short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating. Thank you.

Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.

 
 

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