Tuesday, 6 March 2018

How to write and publish a best selling book - REVIEW

I was delighted to join the blogtour for this book. I then realised I had a couple of Richard McMunn's 'How to become...' books in my bookshelf already so was even more excited to read this one! This book was going to be right up my street, being an author myself so I got stuck in straight away!

How to Write & Publish a Bestselling Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too!

How to Write and Publish a Book: My journey from firefighter to bestselling author, and how you can do it too! iswritten by bestselling author Richard McMunn, who has written and published over 150 books. 

In this book, he covers everything you need to know in order to write and self-publish your own book in print and ebookformat, and also how to get your book on Amazon and in high street stores such as Waterstones.

To write and self-publish a book, you need no prior experience of the publishing world. This might seem surprising, but it’s actually really simple! What you do need is a willingness to learn, and a mentor (someone who will help you). This book is divided into 3 sections: sections 1 & 3 cover Richard's incredible and inspirational story from being a firefighter to discovering the publishing world and how he went on to publish over 150 bestselling books through his publishing company.

Section 2 covers the different steps you need to take to not only get your book written and published, but also to achieve bestseller status.

In Richard's book you will learn in a simple, step-by-step format:

- How to write a book in any genre;
- How to give yourself the best possible chance of writing a bestseller;
- Understanding how the Amazon bestseller rank works; 
- How to get your book ready for publishing, including critical elements such as proof-reading, editing, typesetting, e-Book formatting, book cover design, book descriptions, and more; 
- How to create high-quality, professional artwork for your book, both digital and physical, ensuring that it stands out from the crowd;
- How to self-publish your book and start selling it on Amazon;
- How to effectively market your book to increase exposure;  
- How to get your book stocked in Waterstones;
- Plus LOTS more!

Richard McMunn is a Number 1 bestselling author, Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year and Nielsen Digital Marketing Award Winner.

Ideal for any aspiring author, this book is an essential read for anyone looking to get their book written and on sale to millions of readers worldwide.


This book was of great interest to me. Not only have I published two of my own novels, I thought the advice might come in useful or could confirm things I already knew. Obviously, for that reason, a fair bit of the book wasn't new knowledge to me, but I had already picked it up along my own publishing journey, but for the newcomer, it would be so handy to have all this advice in one place. As the book unravelled, I was really interested in the chapters on marketing and promoting the book after the publishing process. There were new ideas and I found them fascinating to see how they worked in practise. With an easy going manner and style to this book, you find yourself drawn in to McMunn's story. Despite my own experiences, I came away learning something new from this book and with new ideas to try out. Therefore this book would suit both the newcomer and established author looking for new ways to write that bestseller. 

The most enjoyable part of the book I found, however, was the back story of how Richard created his own bestselling story. I found it really inspirational to read about his journey from firefighter to author and how he kept up his work in the fire service for all those years as he built his business. A great book to make you really believe in yourself with the underlining word about never giving up on yourself. I hold those words to heart as I continue with my own journey. An enjoyable read.

About the author:  

Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Richard McMunn is the bestselling author of the ‘How2Become’ series of career guides and the founder of his own unique VIP author mentoring programme. After leaving school in Lancashire with just 3 GCSEs, Richard went on to join the Royal Navy — serving four years onboard HMS Invincible as an aircraft engineer. After leaving the navy, Richard took up a childhood ambition to become a firefighter with Kent Fire and Rescue Service where he served for seventeen years. Today, Richard works as a full-time author and publisher and to date has authored 150 books and helped over 100 aspiring writers become published authors. He has also been awarded the IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year and the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award.

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