Book Review: How To Write, Format, Publish, Promote Your Book Without Spending Any Money

Dissonant Tone

When I set out to write my first book, I knew nothing about the publishing industry. I began researching everything I could online. I read a ton of blogs, saw a bunch of Youtube videos, read many of books on the subject. About 70% of the material I read is of the psychological kind; it’s all about telling the reader “You can do it!” and “Stick to it and it will work eventually!”. Reading this type of advice gave me hope and propelled me to finish my novel. As I wrote it, I ran into the author of this book. His name is Derek Murphy.

The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth

Derek Murphy’s How To Write, Format, Publish and Promote Your Book Without Spending Any Money  tells you the truth. All the inspirational information I read about writing and publishing a book is valid. I needed to hear it and I’m sure it motivated other people to achieve their dreams of writing a book. I stumbled into Derek’s video in Youtube. I don’t really remember what he was talking about, but I do remember the tone of the message he was broadcasting. He was telling the truth about self-publishing and as it usually happens, the truth hurts. He was the first person I heard who was saying “you need to promote your book”. He was also spoke about the realities of the industry. I decided to look for more of his material and this book piqued my interest.


This book lists the steps anyone will ever need to publish their own book. He goes into detail as to how best optimize each step of the process. I particularly liked the chapter about how to format my book. It cut months out of my learning process.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to publish their own book. The information you’ll learn from it might hurt to know, but it will give you a clear view of what needs to be done to complete your book. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, you need to read this book.

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