Ruby Barnes is an author of crime fiction novels. He also wrote The New Author, a book that was written to help future authors not only write but also help with promoting themselves and how to publish e-books. Is this book just for future authors? No. It is directed toward future authors, but other people can find it useful as well.
Some of the topics in the book seem rather simple to me, but Barnes talks about them in a way to help you find your style for writing. He doesn’t say you should use this voice or that voice, but he helps to guide you for whatever part you wish to pursue. If you wish to write in past tense, then so be it. If you wish to write in third person, go for it. This book helps to guide you through your own style in a way that you can capture your target audience’s attention.
The section on ‘promoting your brand’ is honestly for anyone that has a wish to go into business for themselves. It talks about the best way to connect all your social media under one name. Personally, the most interesting part was twitter. I’m not all that great when it comes to followers on twitter; however, Barnes gives advice on how one could. This section doesn’t need to be only for those wishing to go into business for themselves. It can be for anyone that wishes to gain more followers. Since the book is free, I suggest it is a good book to pick up even if you only wish to read the one section.
The last part of the book is about how to publish an e-book. As an aspirating author, this could wind up being quite useful for me, if I choose to go down this path. If I did choose this path, however, I would need to reread the section more closely in order to fully understand what is needed in order to get it published. For some people, this can be the most confusing section of the book. Even though this might be the case, it is still comprehensible.
Overall, this book would have honestly been worth some money; so the fact I got it is free, it’s worth picking up for a read. It isn’t that log of a book either. My Kindle estimates that it is about a 3.5 hour read. This, to me, means that it can easily be read in a week. There may be a few spots that are hard to understand with only a single read, but overall it is a simple and enlightening read. It has honestly motivated me to work on my writing some more.