Back in April, Members funded a storybundle for me of business books and lectures. The first round of reviews can be found here. This is the second.
- Beginning Marketing For The Professional Publisher — Blaze Ward
While technically this wasn’t part of the storybundle (I picked it up for my birthday!) it still fits in this listing and I’m VERY glad I grabbed it. Nothing in this book is particularly new information, but it is all spread out in a beautiful to-do list that promptly made me revisit some organisation here on the website. I will go back through this to distill into notes. Highly recommend.
- The Rational Writer A to Z — Mindy Klasky
This is a 101 level book, maybe even an ’intro for absolute novices’ level book. While it wasn’t helpful for me at this stage, it is very well written and organized rather delightfully. It covers a vast range of subjects and is a solid entry in the ’how to author’ genre.
- Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info — Laura Anne Gilman
Like above, this book is a 101 or 102 level block of info, and more of it is geared toward traditional publishing than indie, which makes it part of a venn diagram with little intersection with me. However, it is an easy read and since each essay is only a few pages long, it’s great for grabbing a bite between episodes of life.
- How to Launch A Magazine For Professional Publishers — Blaze Ward
Again, not strictly part of the Storybundle, but this book surprised me! I wasn’t planning on creating a quarterly magazine (ever) but now I’m seriously considering this as a goal for 2020. A quarterly queer fantasy/sf magazine. This book lays it all out, from the initial proposal to the contracts to the money. I love it.
- The Intermediate Professional Storyteller — Leah Cutter
I knew this book was going to be gold when I picked it up and I was right. I took notes right from the start and loved every page. There are a dozen techniques in here, all of them great to propel a writer to new heights. Some of them I knew about and need to practice, others were new to me. Brilliant.
That wraps up the business books in the storybundle (plus a few others). I’m immensely pleased with this purchase and have the members here entirely to thank for it. There are a few books in this set that I will go back to, either to take notes or just to refresh.
I know this storybundle will come around again next year and I’m already curious to see what new things I’ll be able to learn from that. In the meantime, what are your favorite indie business books? Drop a comment and I’ll check them out!