So you’ve written your book, and are ready to share your writing with the world. What do you do? Who do you go to for help in this endeavor?
Barbara Joe Williams simplifies the process for publishing and marketing your masterpiece. In easy to follow steps, Williams gently holds the reader’s hand and guides the aspiring author through setting up an office, what type of license is needed, and even provides a list of supplies. She moves on to offer advice on how to set up your books, standard sizes, formatting, and designing the book cover, to finally getting your book in stores, and marketing. Each chapter follows the previous one in steps that make total sense and lends what I’d thought an agonizing process, a feat that feels possible and promising.
Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.
She has published books for over thirty authors as well as herself. Williams is generous with her knowledge of the publishing business. Reading this updated version, I felt as though she were sitting beside me and guiding me. Her chapters are clear and concise. Each chapter ends with a checklist that reiterates information learned in that chapter, and helps the reader plan the next step in publishing their own work.
Williams states that yes, there are other thicker books with more detail, but I’m not going there. Her compact e-book gives encouragement as well as information. She provides links and address to publishing houses, printers, types of programs and software you might need to handle the publishing and marketing of your book.
Williams recommends using an editor and processing your writing so you place before the world the best you can do. She warns that pride goes before a fall – you have to listen to your editor. Williams follows her own advice. Her book is error-free. She has the pages set so they are easy to read and formatted to be pleasing to the eye.
If you want to publish and market your own book, then download this one. You won’t regret it. Ms. Williams says she has no plans to provide “A Writers Guide to Publishing & Marketing” in paper – I hope she changes her mind. I’d certainly place her book on my resource shelf, right next to my copies of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury’s books on writing. [Addendum: This book is now available in paperback!]
Ray Bradbury said, “If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” This is what Barbara Joe Williams does for writers. She gives us wings to fly on our own.