Get Published Secrets isn’t a book as such; it’s more of a kit. Most of the information is contained in eight DVDs, along with 16 audio CDs of interviews with a range of publishing experts, printed transcripts of the DVDs, MP3s of the DVDs, and a few additional bonuses. The DVDs contain a series of presentations and verbal demonstrations of the process that Beaumont used to become a successful entrepreneur who has built his business primarily on his own book sales. He certainly practices what he preaches, and is a dynamic and charismatic presenter, but at AU$997, the investment for the program is mighty expensive. Is it worth it? I worked through the transcripts for each DVD to try and find out. I won’t be divulging any of Beaumont’s secrets in this review, but I would like to at least provide you with some sense of what you’re going to be getting for your grand so you can judge whether this is a worthwhile investment.
Some of the things I liked about the DVDs is that they presented in such a way that you feel as if you were at one of Beaumont’s lectures. He speaks clearly and presents very well, in a way that is both inspiring and exciting. Another thing I like is that Beaumont treats the process of being a writer and producing books as a business and uses clear and standard business models to guide you towards making the most appropriate decisions about creating and marketing your books.
There are plenty of innovative ideas in this material to help you determine what to write about, survey the market, work up a cover, outsource the actual writing if need be, self-publish, print, work the media, create additional products from the one book, and promote your book in all sorts of ways. The perspective is broad and Beaumont’s enthusiasm and commitment are obvious and infectious, and may well convince you that you can do it. And sure, you can.