- File Size: 647 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wannabe Press (August 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0758VWJRW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Initial thoughts- this book was great. It wasn’t too long, but it was a hefty length because it covers a lot of information. I like that, before the book dives deep into the how-tos of the creative business, the author explains the necessity of passion. Passion is the one thing I think, anyone who encounters Russell Nohelty, notices about him. He loves what he does and frequently reiterates that that has to be the number one reason a person decides to create something, whatever it is.
Then the book starts to dive into the how-to of business, but not just general stuff. Everything Nohelty discusses is directed specifically to creative people who want to make money with their creativity and break the stigma that all artists have to be starving. He speaks to the readers as if there’s a conversation happening. He’s quite frank and down to earth, but still concise and purposeful with his words. There are times when you can almost hear Russell yelling into the pages that yes, this is going to be hard, but it’s not impossible.
Nohelty is also upfront and honest about what has and hasn’t worked for him while leaving it to the reader to decide what they want to try because he or she might have a completely different experience. There are certain aspects of the book that feel like life hacks. They are literal step-by-steps of what he did, so why not try it yourself.
I feel like a large part of the book, when reading in between the lines, is about gearing the reader up to break out of their comfort zone. There are things he mentions in this book that I’ve thought about doing but just didn’t think that was the way things were done. Now I know that they can be the way, there are just so many people who are too afraid to try them. He also mentions a few things I never would have thought of, which I now realize is a reflection of the lack of confidence I sometimes have in my own work.
I don’t know that this is the greatest book ever written about the business of creativity, but it’s pretty darn good. I’d totally recommend it. Heck, that’s what I’m doing right now.
Russell knows that there is no louder silence in a creative person's life than sending your work into the world and watching it languish in the Amazon sales ranks or fail to gain traction on social media. Selling is hard! Managing your product to keep it afloat in a sea of desperate indie creators isn't a simple task and takes MONTHS of careful thought and planning, time that many neglect to spend.
This is a title from the trenches - Russell has done (and sometimes failed) and learned and documented the real-life moments that will take a creative from dreaming to doing. Still, this manual reads easy and fast, and should resonate with anyone who feels like they are approaching that point of their artistic career where it's time to go big and get recognized.
Good luck in your creative endeavors, I hope to enjoy the fruit of your hard work that is shared by the knowledge in this guide.
I appreciate how much real world, practical tips and strategies that was shared. It really felt like the content lived up to the title- the author was sharing his soul with us and giving us more than just a glimpse into his experience as a professional storyteller. The reader can learn what worked and didn’t from this experienced professional.
What’s also shared is the resources he uses from all sorts of third party companies that helped him launch his titles to types of table cloth for comic cons. It’s so thorough and thoughtful! It’s a must have! I’ve already purchased this book for three people that I know that could use the info! Thumbs up!!
Skip the hard lessons and learn them vicariously through a very talented and experienced writer.
Extremely valuable for anyone who wants to make a career out of their creative passions, but especially writers!