on March 23, 2006
Dan Poynter's _Book Publishing Encyclopedia_ reminds me of John Kremer's classic _1001 Ways to Market Your Book_. It's a smorgasbord of ideas--and especially, online sources where you can find further information, advice, and products. Arranged in alphabetical order, it touches on everything from how to get an ISBN to creative book-packing ideas (balloons, anyone)? An excellent complement to a process-oriented publishing book such as Poynter's _Self-Publishing Manual_. You'll probably get your money's worth after five minutes of reading.
Dan Poynter has been showing new writers the ropes to creating book and publishing them for almost 30 years. If you're totally new to the subject, you should be sure to read the 15th edition of his classic, Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual. But if you think you have just one question, you'll find it easier to start with Dan Poynter's Book Publishing Encyclopedia. Presented in alphabetical order, you'll quickly locate key ideas, tips and resources to implement what interests you.
I thought that this book was so well done that I read it cover to cover . . . and kept learning things that I didn't know that I didn't know . . . even though I've written four books and am in the process of finishing a fifth. As you can imagine in this Internet age, Dan can send you to lots of great Web sites (many of which are ones that he has developed).
Every new writer should have both the self-publishing manual and the book publishing encyclopedia. Every experienced writer should have the book publishing encyclopedia. It's great!
To give you a sense of how thorough this encyclopedia is, the references for Amazon take up 6 1/2 pages . . . include many bits of information that I suspect less than 1 percent of all authors know. You'll find ways to contact Amazon, how to use book reviews on Amazon to be more successful, what the sales rankings mean in terms of sales, tracking your book's history at Amazon, how to use Booksurge to be even more successful at Amazon, changing titles, checking prices with a cell phone, e-books, getting your cover image up faster on your Amazon sales page, large print book publishing at Amazon, keeping in stock, other ways to sell collectible books at Amazon and tracking your sales.
Can you afford not to know those things? I thought not!
on May 13, 2011
This book is not an encyclopedia. It's a collection of internet links. Many of the links take me to the author's own website, where there is one teaser paragraph and a link to purchase an article. Why should I pay this author twice? At least there are links to other resources that actually exist as articles and not ads. Unfortunately many of these links are out of date. "Encyclopedia" is a grandiose overstatement of what this book is and I'm very disappointed in it. It is doubly discouraging to feel suckered by a book that pretends to be helpful, "how-to," and a resource for beginners when it's really a profit center for the author. Welcome to publishing, indeed.
During the 1970s I came across three outstanding mentors in print self-publishing:
1 John Shuttleworth, founder of Mother Earth News
2 Carla Emery, a woman who published using mimeograph and went on the great fame with Bantam
3 Dan Poynter, whom I first learned of in Mother Earth News
Later, I came across yet another, Jerry Belanger, publisher of Countryside & Small Stock Journal, in Wisconsin.
Despite my fleeting fame and modest financial reward while self-Publishing, I have remained a disciple of the above four publishers, always.
Among the four, though, it is Dan Poynter who has most diligently pushed the art of self publishing and who has always been a faithful mentor thereof.
Poynter's works often overlap one another. Significant portions of any particular book will be found interlaced within other books. In other words, a portion of this book will be found in other books of related information. His books on the business strategy is to make multiple use of your compiled research.
Personally, I love this advice and am heartened to see how the guru is able to milk his research into a series of useful books.
The guys on Shark Tank give similar advice to entrepreneurs. Within your chosen category, expand your reach, or market penetration, or market share, until you have reached the pinnacle. Only then, should you consider branching out.
Poynter continues seeking ways to expand his presence in self publishing by penetrating the eBook, Kindle, and iBooks market. As he does so, I hope, many of the new generation will take the time to pore through Poynter's tips, manuals and handbooks.
Having extolled the wisdom of my most expert mentor, I must also note two of his weak points, or, if you will permit my indulgence, his two Achilles tendons:
He limits to five the number of devices on which any of his books may be read. This is so 1980s that it fails to consider the modern market. He needs to reconsider his philosophy.
Two, his books are less useful on Kindle than in print. Kindle and iBooks are better read and digested in bite sized chunks than in encyclopedic format. What I mean is, forty to sixty pages seems to be a more popular read than is 150 to 300 pages.
I do hope Poynter will adjust to the new formats and philosophy, before his advice is far more professional and wiser than is that provided by many of the new gurus who seem to penetrate the market more successfully than does the master of self-publishing.
Whether or not Poynter does adjust, I, for one, will forever remain a disciple of the great Self-Publishing master, Dan Poynter, for he provides a wealth of valued advice in Book Publishing Encyclopedia.
You could say, with no great exaggeration, Dan Poynter parachuted into Self Publishing. Now, some 40 years later, he remains Master Guru of Self-Publishing.
on January 11, 2014
Poynter is the individual of highest standing in the self-publishing industry and the most reasoned voice as to the why, how, and what of doing it yourself. His various works are the best available in this genre, worth reading and certainly worth owning. Two thumbs up!!
on January 14, 2013
I thought the first volume was more comprehensive and better organized. Some of the resources he lists are easy to find through web searches. Of course, if you know where to look. All in all, I'd say it's okay.
on June 1, 2006
There are an awful lot of books written.
With modern print on demand publishing it's even easy to get published.
Then the fun begins.
The day you publish your book, there will be another 600 books published. How do you get any attention at all for your title. First hint, if you happen to pick a day when something like the next Harry Potter novel gets published you'll get no attention at all from the magazines, the book stores, or just about anyone else.
This book is largely on the business of books. And the business of books is mostly marketing. It's format is encyclopedia like, that is, hundreds, maybe thousands of short entries about various subjects. On the first page for instance are: Greeting cards that are in the shape of bookmarks, comments on the signature you use on e-mails, plastic nametags for trade shows, and refrigerator magnets. There's a big section on Amazon.com - the 900 pound gorilla of the book business.
The format of most entries is to refer you to a web address. Obviously web addresses change frequently so don't be surprised if it doesn't work. You might try Google to find the information you want. For instance, there is an entry on getting prices at Amazon by cell phone. You may instead want to visit EnterISBN.com (add the www) with a web enabled cell phone to get prices.
This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in publishing. All of the ideas won't appeal to you, but just one or two ideas that pan out will yield you far more than the modest cost of the book.
on June 3, 2006
Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips And Resources For Authors And Publisher by Dan Poynter (the legendary guru of small press publishers) is an in-depth, knowledgeable, experienced based and "real world tested" compendium of useful, practical, and helpful information pertaining to the difficult and somewhat complex process of publishing and authorship. Providing a "user-friendly" guide to saving time and money in the publishing process, the utilization of internet resources, and more then 1001 tips, techniques and strategies on how to write, publish and promote a book, the Book Publishing Encyclopedia deftly informs novice publishers of the most effective approaches to profitable book publishing in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The Book Publishing Encyclopedia is very strongly recommended for all readers and writers searching for the ultimate and concise reference for publishing an authored work. Indeed, no personal, professional, or community library "Writing/Publishing" reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of Dan Poynter's Book Publishing Encyclopedia which is available in a variety of formats including soft cover, large print, LIT, PF, MobiPocket, and Palm. See the Dan Poynter website at parapublishing.com for specific ordering information.
Poynter's Encyclopedia and Shepards' Aiming at Amazon are both perfect manuals for anybody interested in self-publishing. Brief, informative, and easy to use - what else is needed? Highly recommended.
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on February 8, 2008
Dan Poynter's book is a virtual gold mine for authors and publishers. He shares his years of experience in the publishing business with a dictionary of every aspect of publishing, promoting and sales of books. Dan shares the secrets of e-books, audio-books and where to go to get the author's books changed to digital copies for mass marketing on the internet. This is his best book yet.