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Hop on Pop and The Interview

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The reason why publishing a book is the most difficult process is because the result is so unpredictable. Some books get rejected by dozens of publishers before making a big breakthrough in the literary world. It's easy for a publisher to look at Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss and assume that he's on drugs and nobody would buy something so ridiculous, but obviously lots of kids ended up liking books like that. Sometimes the book is also adjusted to fit the taste of a potential audience, and sometimes it's not and that causes problems. The Interview is a great example of a movie that faced lots of issues with its audience.

Not As Easy As It Seems...

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The reading pretty much describes writing a book as the easy part, publishing the book as the real challenge. There is so much more that goes into getting the book out to the audience than people think. In the "harriest chapter" of APE, the list of steps for publishing a book is extremely overwhelming- especially to someone who wants to publish a book. As a writer, I would like to think that the book process is all creativity and putting your thoughts onto paper, but all of the technology involved is enough to frustrate anyone. This being said, I think my advice (even though I have never published a book) is to be patient and know that you took all the time to write your book and create a story that it will be worth the time to do the technical stuff to get your idea out to the world.

Perseverance

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I really like the chart on page 20 about how many rejections famous authors have gotten for books that made them famous. This really shows that it's not about how good you are, it's about how your book appeals to certain people. Today, my former English professor posted about being displeased with the idea of a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird because "it wasn't that good." At the same time, almost everyone I've met here was required to read it in high school, so that shows how different people's opinions can be, even if they're equally educated in literature.

Writing Your Own Book, Now That's Democracy

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Have you guys ever noticed that the word authority has the word author in it? This is something that just occurred to me, I swear. But I feel like it is totally relevant to Kawasaki's points on traditional publishing, the self-publishing revolution, and the ascent of eBooks.

Something that certainly stuck with me was in Chapter 3--(The Three "D's" of Self-Publishing). Determination, Democratization, and something Kawasaki calls disintermediation. Which isn't really a word. I looked it up.

But democracy?
Honestly the last thing I'm thinking of when thinking about my potential career in publishing is anything remotely close to politics, but Kawasaki has a different way of looking at it.

New Generation of Self Publishing

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In the third chapter of the book "Ape", the author has a whole chapter dedicated to the new process of publishing your own books online. This has become a huge deal in the book world because websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble allow writers to publish their own books electronically and even order paper copies. This has completely changed the writing world because no longer do you have to go through the process of having an editor and printing company pick your book out of the many manuscripts they are sent daily to publish, but you go about the whole thing yourself and then are in charge of your own marketing and getting your book known.

Self publishing

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From the APE book . I believe that chapter 3 is very important. "The Self -Publishing Revolution" to me, is very applicable, especially for me. Its lays out all of the step sin a simple easy to follow many. It gives many pros, then explains the. It follows that up with the cons and explains those all well. I am writing my own book and need to start looking into publishing and if I want to publish my own book or not.
It made it seem so easy that even a baby could do it.
lol

Past, Present, and Future of the Book

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book and ebook

I found APE’s explanation of the past, present, and future of the book very fascinating. I found the progression of the book from the printing press to the computer very important because it shows that things are always changing and getting better. The explanation of the publishing process was very informative. I had a friend who self-published a short story and she explained to me how much trouble she had with agents and editors, but I never really understood the amount of stress she went through until I read APE’s description. It really seems like a huge pain staking process, while self-publishing appears much simpler.