Self-Publish & Succeed provides detailed step by step instructions, along with motivational anecdotes, that will help aspiring nonfiction writers understand everything they need to write and publish a book. I was amazed at how defined all the steps were and how it literally takes you from ideation, to publishing, to promoting and selling. Author Julie Broad has provided authors with an informative authorship guidebook that provides easy to understand advice and actionable information with proven techniques that she has used for her books and other authors at Book Launchers.
Each chapter covers a new topic and each topic is like a brick in the road to self-publishing a nonfiction book, from start to finish. With an easy and conversational tone readers are provided with plenty of anecdotes from the authors life and experiences that help set the right expectations and puts readers in the right frame of mind to absorb the information that is about to come. What I liked about this book the most was that it provided detailed instructions on how to specifically put into action the advice provided in the book. This is a nonfiction book about writing a nonfiction book. I say this because, along with all the tips in the book, you get to see the lessons put into action within this book. From the hook, to chapter titles, and down to starting a chapter by grabbing the reader’s attention. All of this helps to understand the points being made and provides great examples of how to execute it. This is like having a full publishing seminar all in one book. Where the information is too dense, the author provides links and resources for continued learning outside the book.
The title of chapter one is, “The Life Changing Book”. This is can be a life changing book for any aspiring nonfiction author that is struggling to get started, has no idea where to even begin, or anyone that has the desire but needs a roadmap. Self-Publish & Succeed delivers specific guidance and encouragement all in a friendly tone and easy to follow process.
Pages: 239 | ASIN: B08R16WBPT
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Midnight Cranes sets the Polish Dragon on a new murder investigation in a manufacturing plant that leads to the Dragon Trail. What inspired the setup to this mystery story?
Years ago as a martial arts student and as an employee in the material handling industry I had thought about how interesting it would be to have someone like Chuck Norris be the hero and discover, as an undercover cop, a drug ring going on inside of the plant. I had outlined the story and sent it to one of his students, who also was making movies, to see what he thought of the idea. He liked the idea but said he was too busy and didn’t really have the time. Fast forward many years and now that I am an author I thought why not make it into a book instead. The only change was having the Polish Dragon P. I. be the one going undercover.
I enjoyed how well the story is developed in so few pages. Is it your intention to make your stories short, or is that just your writing style?
It is a little bit of both. My intention is to write the story in a novella so that it makes for a quick and easy read. Some of my fans have said how much they enjoy the shorter read as sometimes a full novel can be too long and filled with unnecessary information. So if you’re riding a train say from New Jersey into New York City you could finish half the book on your ride in and the other half on your ride home. I have noticed though, that each new book I write seems to get a little bit longer each time.
What were some new challenges you wanted Tom to face in this book that were different from the previous books?
I wanted Tom to face the challenge of going undercover and having to maintain the cover as long as he could. Another one was to have him finding help from one of his colleagues and not just for digging up information but actually working on the case with him. That is where Suzie Mandrake comes in, a detective on the Cleveland police force who aspires to be a private investigator like Tom. Her big dream is to be a partner with Tom in his Polish Dragon Investigations business.
What is the next adventure you have lined up for the Polish Dragon P.I.?
Tom will now have to partner up with Suzie again as a friend of hers has a 600 year old family bible disappear after his father was killed in a car accident. The bible may hold clues to a dark secret from the families past.
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Victoria by Deceit of the Pants showcases yet more of Rickthepoetwarrior’s biting wit and sarcasm while once again enlightening the reader on important issues of the western world. This book focuses on the inherent issues of modern society in Victoria, Canada. The author frequently comments on a characteristic of modern so-called progressive society, that there is an illusion of being progressive and moving forward, when in reality, there is no care behind it and the populace turns being “woke” into a fashionable thing without putting any action behind their words and at the same time, sweeping issues under the rug.
Rickthepoetwarrior does this adeptly and with style, albeit his own very unique and humorous style. One of the poems that stuck out to me the most was “They’re Fixing The Empress Hotel” which discusses the ugly past of this land in Victoria which is now being renovated, symbolically attempting to forget the horrific past of abusing First Nations people. The author also uses “book bombs” to help tie in poems from his other works to highlight societal problems that are connected. As always, the author offers his unique commentary and whimsical humor that is worth reading and considering as we try to navigate modern society.
Pages: 97 | ASIN: B08WPCTM8J
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U.S. ‘A’ Today ‘b’ Tomorrow is an in-depth discussion of United States society during the era of Trump and his administration. The poem anthology covers topics ranging from the US elections to foreign policy to racism to class to gun violence.
As an American reading the work, it was infuriating mostly because being reminded of such events makes the brain hurt, but Rickthepoetwarrior handles the difficult situation with his usually clever, yet puerile humor. While I was extremely frustrated by the topics discussed in the book, I suspect by design, there were many poems that had me guffawing such as “What I Wish for Donald Trump’s Hell”.
Because the book is written by a Canadian author it does offer an international perspective on the events of the past four years which is quite interesting to read. The snappy poems that often include plays on words or interesting charts and diagrams hold the reader’s attention and make for a dynamic and quick read. Readers will be crying from both anger and laughter while reading this anthology, but it is oddly inspiring in a way. It motivates the reader to attempt to improve their world and the world of others. For that, I highly recommend and commend Rickthepoetwarrior.
Pages: 127 | ASIN: B08WYVMSWJ
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Some Terrorible Company to Keep is a collection of poetic commentary on the nature of living in a corporate capitalist world and the complications of a prioritization of profit over people.
Rickthepoetwarrior’s creative methods of offering social criticism are wide-ranging and truly unique. The author has created a dictionary of words that facilitate puns, plays on words, and double meanings that emphasize his arguments and viewpoints. He discusses everything in this work from the corrupt industries of diamonds to the false way corporations pretend to care about their customers through customization when in reality, it is a ploy.
This in-depth collection of poems is both funny and oddly heartbreaking as the reader realizes the never-ending control of corporations and the prioritization of large corporations by the government over the people. The people are treated as cogs in a machine with few choices and the author finds infinitely creative and at times funny ways to illustrate this. There is a lot of complexity contained in this work including the often-racist nature of large corporations and lack of opportunities afforded to people of color. It is well-worth a read, particularly because the somewhat depressing content is balanced by the humor in the poetry.
Pages: 213 | ASIN: B08WY88N4Y
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Kind A SLOw In the Kootenays is a fun poetic anthology that focuses on a small town and its charms and issues.
While this work clearly maintains Rickthepoetwarrior’s sharp wit and sarcasm, it is a softer and more friendly piece. The scenery of the town is depicted beautifully throughout the book as the reader gets to know more about the town and its residents and struggles.
The poems contained within carefully craft the image of a small town that is a little too conformist and has the illusion of a typical progressive Canadian town, but fails to live up to its own expectations.
Kaslow Kind A SLOW in the Kootenays is half criticism and half ironic traveler’s guide with its simultaneous recognition of the beauties of a Canadian small town such as the views, the ferry, and its friendly inhabitants and fun events. However, in the same breadth, as Rickthepoetwarrior is wont to do, he criticizes the hypocrisy and lack of real progress the town experiences through its treatment of First Nations people, racism, and the environment. As is the case with all of the author’s works it will both elicit laughs and sighs of frustration at the seeming lack of sense on the world. I highly recommend it.
Pages: 84 | ASIN: B08WPT72RY
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The Computer Part e is Rickthepoetwarrior’s commentary on the digital age and the age of the internet and all of the issues or positives of this era. The quote from Stephen Hawking at the beginning of the anthology is particularly poignant in this volume and helps the author reinforce his ideas. It has really stuck with me, especially after reading the work. I also appreciated the amusing dictionary the author included to help understand his plays on words and puns that ultimately make the poems quite humorous and his arguments more impactful.
In terms of the actual commentary on modern internet issues, Rickthepoetwarrior touches on many subjects that are becoming more and more prominent in modern society. In particular he does an excellent job of pointing out the nuances of isolation that the internet and computers or smartphones can cause, both because it takes away the need for socialization, at least in popular culture, and because of the constant stream of self-centered content we see online.
The book also heavily discusses the way the internet and automation continues to objectify women and marginalize them in his poems about a real device that reduces women to sexual objects. Overall the book offers a lot of unique perspectives on the internet age that are worth considering and evaluating, both in ourselves and society at large.
Pages: 319 | ASIN: B08WY9QKY9
Covid19 Scene Seen is yet another of Rickthepoetwarrior’s sharp and comedic takes on modern problems, specifically the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on global citizens.
The author employs part laughter and part serious warning to get across his arguments to the public. This anthology helps bring a little light in the dark when it is so difficult to maintain a positive attitude or look to the best in these times.
Covid19 Scene Seen expresses issues that have been exacerbated by Covid-19 such as the wealth gap and lack of access to healthcare. The book also brings up the crucial idea that pandemics happen partially as a result of humans meddling in the wild or with other species we should not contact. The book includes anagrams with funny meanings, yet an insightful conclusion which is a unique form of delivering poetry but certainly brings the reader’s attention to Rickthepoetwarrior’s arguments. The book also gives warnings to readers to remind them to be safe while poking fun at the situation and conspiracy theories surrounding Covid-19. This book is great for some comedic relief about the current global predicaments and for that purpose, I highly recommend it.
Pages: 81 | ASIN: B08WXCZ4V3
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