Book Yourself Solid Illustrated (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013)

I read Michael Port’s original book, Book Yourself Solid, and loved it. The subtitle says it well, “The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling.”

Now Michael has published the illustrated version. It’s a totally different experience. It makes the book more useful, more scannable, and more compelling. I literally couldn’t put it down. The bite-sized tips are pure gold, one after another.

If you need to attract more clients—the right kind of clients—and generate more business, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

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  • Adam Rico

    I have this on my list to purchase next. I’ve been a little hesitant because I already have the original so I wasn’t sure I needed the updated version with images. However, I’m hearing so many good things about it I feel like I’m missing out now. Thanks for your review.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I think you will really enjoy it, Adam. I felt like I was reading the book for the very first time.

    • Andy Traub

      I posted a review of the book on Amazon. It’s the first review. I think you’ll see why it’s worth every penny.

      • Adam Rico

        Ok done. I’ve been on the fence for a year as you can see. I’m committed thanks to your review on Amazon. Loved the original so now I get some cool artwork too. Bonus!

  • Jayson Feltner

    I just purchased this book. Michael, is this the approach you’ve taken? I love how you market your speaking as if it were a tangible product. I love your product page and samples. Such a fantastic approach!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, absolutely.

  • Mark Warren

    Do you recommend the print version or the Kindle version?

    • Andy Traub

      MARK! PRINT PRINT PRINT!! I wrote a VERY long review of the book. Check it out at – I LOVE this book.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I haven’t seen the Kindle version. I normally like to buy everything on Kindle, but this might be the exception. The actual book is gorgeous, and I don’t know how well the graphics translate.

      • J.D. Meier

        I avoided visual books on the Kindle until I found out about the Kindle “Cloud Reader”, a few months back.

        On the “Cloud Reader” it should light up like the printed version.

        You can open the Cloud Reader from the browser on your desktop (it’s at If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat. My first experience was a kid’s book with amazing illustrations.

  • Andy Traub

    Awesome, awesome book. Worth the price X 10.

    • Michael Hyatt


  • J.D. Meier

    I especially like the reason WHY he wrote the book. He said too many people started, but didn’t finish the original book.

    Pictures are worth 1,000’s of words.

  • Tom Dixon

    I’m reading the original version now – stumbled on it at a book sale – but will check this out. Thanks for pointing us toward such awesome resources.

  • Sean Nisil

    Happily reading the 2nd edition (non-illustrated) on my Kindle. What a phenomenal resource! I wish I found it years ago.

    Thanks for recommending this book,


  • Joel Boggess

    Michael’s original book has been a great reference tool and guide.

    I would think that the illustrated version will come to life in my hands.

  • John Corcoran

    Michael – I’m also a big fan of the original Book Yourself Solid. I read it right around the time I went to go work for myself. That was about a year and a half ago now. It really helped shape my thinking and approach to building my business. I’ve also recommended the book to many people.

    I recently read through the Illustrated version and I agree – the illustrations bring in a whole different dimension. I’m actually am scheduled to interview Jocelyn Wallace, the co-author/illustrator, for my podcast in the next week or two.

  • Richard Medcalf

    Thanks for the tip. Would you suggest starting with the print book or just go straight to the illustrated one?

    • Andy Traub

      I would get the illustrated version. It’s easier to get through b/c of the visuals. Same principles.