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A Self-Publisher's Companion

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Book publishing is changing-for the better. This book explains the new and better ways to publish and promote your book. Don't be left behind."
-Dan Poynter, The Self-Publishing Manual

"Should one seek to go their own way, this book is a great lesson plan, from the mindset to the mechanics. This is actionable material, and worth your money."
-Chris Brogan, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Trust Agents

"Filled with valuable insight and practical tips, this book is highly recommended for aspiring authors."
-Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer

"Finally, an Honest Advocate for First-time Authors! A lucky break indeed! For new writers immersed and perplexed with the intricate world of self-publishing options, Joel Friedlander's, A Self Publisher's Companion, is a tool they can utilize to clarify the journey and organize their goals. Commonly, new authors waste precious time and resources in failed attempts to self-promote their self-published works. Joel's book offers clear and comprehendible avenues for unmatched success. A must read for first-timers!"
-Carol Denbow, Senior Executive Editor, Plain & Simple Books

"A unique and important addition on the subject matter of self-publishing and why you should think about it."
-Zoe Winters, author of Smart Self-Publishing, Becoming an Indie Author

"This book is evergreen, it will outlive the latest tools and techniques in the online world. It resonates with Joel's many years of experience within the publishing world, his love of content creation and beauty as well as his amazing skills as a popular blogger. Highly recommended for anyone considering the self-publishing route or if you want to know more about aspects of publishing in a digital age. I have self-published four books now and still found myself jotting down notes from the useful information."
-Joanna Penn, TheCreativePenn.com

From the Author

I wrote this book to explain the world of self-publishing to authors thinking about getting into print or e-books. With the rise of print on demand technology and the coming of ebooks, it's time for every author to consider taking control of their publishing destiny. There's no reason for writers to postpone their writing career any more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Marin Bookworks (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936385111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936385112
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joel Friedlander was born in the Bronx, New York. Raised in Westchester he attended school in Buffalo and Danbury, Connecticut. He is the author of "Body Types: The Enneagram of Essence Types." He has won the AIGA "50 Books of the Year Award" for his work at Aperture Publishing, and the Printing Industries of America Gold Award for his book design and production. He is the owner of Marin Bookworks of San Rafael, California. Joel is also the author of the Self-Publisher's Quick & Easy Guides, a series of subject-specific e-books that help to solve questions for self-publishers. These are available as PDF downloads and Kindle e-books.

In 2011 Joel published A Self-Publisher's Companion, Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish. Drawn from his blog posts on www.TheBookDesigner.com, this book has been widely praised as an introduction to the new world of indie publishing. Joel's articles are also published on Publetariat.com, SelfPublishingReview.com, The RIT Open Publishing Lab, and as an author of exclusive content for CreateSpace.com. For more information on Joel, please see his blog at www.TheBookDesigner.com.

In his spare time Joel enjoys mountain biking, spending time with his family and cooking and baking for friends.

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Format: Paperback
I bought the Kindle edition of this book. I'm including that review below. The reason that I'm posting again is that the paperback product page makes it seem as if there were no Kindle edition. There is. Just choose Kindle Store for the title to get the book. This is the second book I've seen that Amazon has failed to link to its Kindle edition.

I've written "the end" for my novel. It's far from ready for the world, as it needs serious editing. Yet, it's near enough to done that I am seriously considering options for getting it out to the world. As a long time blogger, I have a strong bias towards self-publishing and want to seriously explore that option. The publication of "A Self-Publisher's Companion" just as I'm looking into that avenue is a godsend.

This book looks to serve as an excellent starting point in my exploration. It's current, and important consideration in the fast changing world of self-publishing. Since, it is a compilation of blog posts, edited into book form, it has the added benefit of reader's comments folded back into the text. That's an advantage that many experts lack, real-world feedback by the book's target audience. Also, since it evolved out of blog posts, "A Self-Publisher's Companion" has lots of wonderful lists. The format works. Here are some examples:

* 5 Good Reasons To Self-Publish Your Work
* 5 Things That Shouldn't Surprise You About Self-Publishing
* 17 Ways for Writer's to Publish Their Content
* 6 Keys to Self-Publishing Success in the Age of the Ebook

Another list, that is worth the price of the book by itself is "The Self-Publisher's Self-Questionnaire", which gets at motivations for self-publishing.
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I will have to admit to you right up front that I was fully prepared to dislike this work. I have read quite a number of what you would call "Self Help Books" over the years and found the majority of them to be poorly written, boring, pretty much useless and to top it off, most of them are either overtly or in a sneaky sort of way trying to sell you something. I have spent a lot of time both writing and talking in badmouthing such works. Yup, I had an attitude before I even opened the cover on this one.

Well, I suppose that in every life a bit of crow must be eaten from time to time and I am telling you that the dish was passed to me on this one. I will humbly eat it without any condiments to cover the taste.

My primary reason for being tempted to read this work is that I review a lot of books by self published authors. These books run the gambit from great and amazing to wretched and horrid. Since I review them I thought I should learn a bit about the process. Secondly, we have been putting together a group of children's e-books (hopefully they will not fall into the wretched and horrid category), and have been doing quite a lot of research via the web. I figured it really could not hurt to some expert advice on the subject and also figured "what can I loose?"

I must say that I was thoroughly enchanted by this work and found it to be simply running over with useful and helpful information. I also found it to be extremely motivating.

This is a collection of blogs by the author who has taking his writing and placed it into book format. This is NOT a "nuts and bolt press the button and then go to.....
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is truly a companion for the thinking self-publisher. Joel is a polymath in the publishing world. He muses on the beauty of typography within a Milton text, the "kiss of inked type against the tooth of the paper" and yet his book also documents a transition to digital technology and how best to navigate it. We hear about how Cormac McCarthy still uses a typewriter and that the tools shouldn't get in the way of creation, but then we have hugely actionable chapters on creating tribes online, branding, blogging and twitter. Many will tell you that self-publishing is just loading your Word doc to Createspace but Joel starts with the questions you need to ask yourself upfront - Are you in business? Do you have the personality type to be a self-publisher? What does success look like to you?

This book is evergreen. It will outlive the latest tools and techniques in the online world. It resonates with Joel's many years of experience within the publishing world, his love of content creation and beauty as well as his amazing skills as a popular blogger. Highly recommended for anyone considering the self-publishing route or if you want to know more about aspects of publishing in a digital age. I have self-published four books now and still found myself jotting down notes from the useful information.
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"A Self-Publisher's Companion" is a collection of Joel Friedlander's most important blog posts. This book is perfect for authors who want to self-publish and who want to make important decisions about what type of publisher they want to be.

There is a discussion about print-on-demand books and ebooks. Joel Friedlander is really a self-publishing advocate. He wants all authors to experience the joy of publishing their books. One thing to note is his comment about the biggest complaint people have about self-publishing. No matter how many times you read your book you are probably not going to see the mistakes an editor would see. Even editors miss things! There is also some information on what not to do when you self-publish. Simple things like not reusing an ISBN number were things I'd not even considered.

As someone who has recently published two Kindle books I can say that publishing is getting easier and easier. Now you can literally publish a book for free. Well, you may want to pay for a course to get you started. I'd recommend agoodread dot com as a place to start.

This book also talks about the importance of cover design. I will say that for both of my Kindle books I took pictures of an art project with a cell phone! So you don't have to spend much on a cover if you are a little creative.

Joel Friedlander also briefly covers the topic of social media. This book presents a good overview of self-publishing and I can guarantee you'll find something useful that will help you to be more successful.

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