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Live on KDP: Close to Perfect–How to Write and Publish Your Novel

[Note: I’ve since taken Close to Perfect out of circulation, but stay tuned for news on how to get a copy of your own via What The Hell.]

Well whataya know about that? Today’s launch day for Close to Perfect!

This here novella-length book is a chat between three writers I’ve known for a long time, and we get into everything you need to know as you enter the challenge of writing and publishing novels in this century … and in this market. Or as you decide not enter it, as the case may be.

Much of it’s inspiring. Much of it’s cautionary. But all of it comes from years of experience with fiction writing and the puzzle of what to do once you’ve finished that novel. Sometimes I think it’s not that great to finish a book because that’s when you have to step up to the plate and expose it to the world and all its judgment–or worse, its indifference. Still, we’re writers, man! We can take it.

So, if you’re a writer who likes commiserating with other writers, or you’re fairly new in the game and seeking a little knowledgeable guidance, pop on over and pick up Close to Perfect for its perma-price of 99 cents.

How do you like the cover? I did it myself on Canva again and had a great time trying to make it look like I’d paid someone. Still working on that aspect of it …

Here’s a little excerpt from the introduction to get you started:

In addition to talking about the nuts and bolts of actually writing a novel, Karen and Dan get into the condition of being a writer—the psychological effects, the social discomforts, and the impact on identity. When someone has committed herself to the art (and not just writing—any art), it’s painful to hear friends or casual acquaintances say things like, “I figure I might write a book one day too. Can’t be that hard, right?”

“No,” Karen says at one point, sharing her stock answer for this one. “Just tie a noose around your neck, attach the other end to a six-ton boulder, and drag it five hundred miles without passing out.”

That just about gets it right.

4 comments on “Live on KDP: Close to Perfect–How to Write and Publish Your Novel

  1. islandeditions
    March 3, 2020


    • islandeditions
      March 3, 2020

      Purchased (slightly higher in Canada), and promotedon my blog, and social media! As promised …

      • Kevin Brennan
        March 3, 2020

        Thank you, Susan! I think this is one that could help a lot of writers, but especially those who are just starting out and find the whole thing pretty daunting. My advice: Get out your quill and CHILL!

  2. islandeditions
    March 3, 2020

    Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    For all you aspiring writers out there … and for those active writers who may feel it’s time for a brush-up, here’s author Kevin Brennan (whose work I’ve been promoting for years – because it’s GOOD! Recently on the Authors-Readers International series on this blog) with a lost podcast, fortunately found again, in which he speaks with other authors about the challenges of writing and places novels today in this current publishing market. Only $.99 right now as a Kindle download (slightly higher in Canada).

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