Write. Publish. Repeat.

Looks hardback, but there isn't that option. At least not when I purchased.

Looks hardback, but there isn’t that option. At least not when I purchased.

Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success By: Sean Platt Johnny B. Truant with David Wright


Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Publishing

In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

Write. Publish. Repeat. explains the current self-publishing landscape and covers the truths and myths about what it means to be an indie author now and in the foreseeable future. It explains how to create books your readers will love and will want to return to again and again. Write. Publish. Repeat. details expert methods for building story worlds, characters, and plots, understanding your market (right down to your ideal reader), using the best tools possible to capture your draft, and explains proven best practices for editing. The book also discusses covers, titles, formatting, pricing, and publishing to multiple platforms, plus a bit on getting your books into print (and why that might not be a good idea!). But most importantly, Write. Publish. Repeat. details the psychology-driven marketing plan that Sean and Johnny built to shape their stories into “products” that readers couldn’t help but be drawn into — thus almost automatically generating sales — and explores ways that smart, business-minded writers can do the same to future-proof their careers.

This book is not a formula with an easy path to follow. It is a guidebook that will help you build a successful indie publishing career, no matter what type of writer you are … so long as you’re the type who’s willing to do the work.


I prefer to have my non-fiction in paperback or hardback form so I purchased the physical copy of this book. I believe it’s the first Createspace book I’ve ever seen, so that was nice. It looked like any other book, though there were the occasional formatting issue, but not enough to be a big deal.

If you like the Self-Publishing Podcast than you’ll probably like this even better. I enjoy the little rabbit holes they go down on the show, but the book cuts straight through that and gets right to what I really want to know. Tons of chapters and subchapters and they go into a fair amount of detail. They do talk about Stephen King and Scrivener a lot, but if you’ve listened to the show you should already be familiar with their fetishes.

Since I’ve listened to most of their podcast there was a lot that I was already familiar with, but since they weren’t confined to just an hour long show they got to delve in deeper. I ended up learning more than I expected. There are several areas I need to work on, particularly my mailing list.

A couple negatives or things that were a little annoying.

I found their love of Scrivener eye roll worthy, they dedicated a few pages just to that plus multiple mentions throughout, I honestly thought they should have been included in the dedication. I like Scrivener, a lot, but I use Microsoft Word and have not had the issues they have had with it.

They also tend to assume you can pump out as many words as they can. They made a point not to mention how many words that they get out at a time, but a lot of their ideas and suggestions are to write even more. When writing isn’t your full time job, and you can’t write as quickly as they can, it’s difficult to do what they suggest. I think what they recommend are really good ideas, I’ll just have to figure out how to scale them down.


Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery By Monique Martin

So I love time travel. A lot. I’ve gotten into long heated discussions about it; I’ve asked the question would I go back and kill Hitler; I use the concept of time travel in my everyday conversation,

“Man if I could I would so go back and see Elvis live before he got fat.”

If a TV show, movie, or book has time travel in it I will look at and probably read/watch it. So I almost immediately noticed this book in Monique’s signature on the kindleboards. I downloaded the sample a long, long time ago but wasn’t able to get to it until now. As soon as I started reading it I did not want to put it down. At 2:00 am I finally had to force myself because my husband would not understand if I slept away the sunlight on one of our last days in Tokyo. I read it obsessively on the subway in between destinations and had to fight to keep myself from reading it while I was supposed to be enjoying my surroundings.

“Yeah, yeah Japan whoohoo. Whatever let me sit here by myself surrounded by beauty and a foreign culture and bury my head in my kindle.”

I resisted. Barely. As soon as I got back to the hotel though I went right back to it and finished, and I’m so thankful the hotel has wi-fi so I can download the next one.

Out of Time is about a British professor named Simon and his grad student assistance Elizabeth; both are secretly in love with the other but haven’t let on because of various reasons. While she is dropping off graded papers one thing leads to another and they find themselves in 1929. While not my favorite period in time it is definitely an interesting one. Speakeasies, gangsters, oh yes and a vampire. I’m kind of getting burnt out on vampires and werewolves, but he didn’t sparkle so at least it was the right kind.

Elizabeth and Simon were almost too perfect but I still really enjoyed them. Elizabeth was spunky and smart and didn’t wait around on Simon to save the day. Simon had just enough moments as a caveman protecting his woman to balance out his professorness. King as a villain was great. He oozed scary. The ending kept be guessing, not sure if everything would end up happy or the next book would be about overcoming deep loss.

Overall I really enjoyed it. I gave it a 5 star rating on goodreads but leaning more toward a 4.25. Either way I’ve got When the Walls Fell waiting on my kindle and can’t wait to get started.

Old Man’s War By John Scalzi

I picked this up from the library after reading and loving Redshirts. The premise wasn’t something I would normally read but because I loved Redshirts so much I decided to give it a try, and I am so glad that I did.

In the Old Man’s War when people reach the age of 75 they have the option of enlisting in the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) and fighting for humanity in the never-ending battle for land in space. Most, if not all, join because they will be made young again; though they don’t know how this is done. They serve for 10 years and then have the option to retire on one of the colonized planets; they can never return to Earth or even communicate with their families.

The book follows John Perry through his first year of enlistment and slightly beyond. He’s not what you normally think a soldier should be, then again since everyone is 75 none of them are. He and his wife protested against a war and he worked in advertising during his life on Earth. What I liked most about John was that, while he was a good soldier and was better than average, he wasn’t superhuman. What he accomplished and how he did it was believable. He wasn’t single handedly saving the day and constantly thinking of things others didn’t. He followed orders as much as he gave them.

The character development is wonderful; John Perry is just the right amount of not perfect so when he does something remarkable you aren’t rolling your eyes. The plot does a good job of skipping what could be boring parts and going straight for the action without leaving you asking what the hell is happening. I will admit there were a few small parts that I skimmed over when it started going into the science of everything. I love sci-fi but science has never been a strength of mine.

Overall I would rank this 4.75 stars out of 5. I have The Android’s Dream checked out as well and can’t wait to read it. I will definitely be reading all I can get my hands on of John Scalzi.