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Complete Guide to Self Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote, and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing 4th Edition) 4th Edition
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This book takes you from the beginning of setting up your own publishing business (which is needed even if you plan on publishing only you own works), the different requirements for publishing a book (like obtaining an ISBN and EAN as well as copyright and Library of Congress registration), finding and selecting a book printer, how to go about distributing you books (which you can do yourself or by going through traditional distributers), and even how to market your book.
While a good starter book that whets you appitite about the book publishing industry, it falls far short of providing you everything that you need to know in order to do this properly. The authors constantly make reference to the Literary Market Place; a book that, while it is available here on Amazon, comes with a hefty ($) price tag. And while they do provide some inforamative lists, they admit that the lists is not complete and refer you back to the LMP.
The book does discuss e-publishing, but only in a scratching-the-surface kind of way. I had to look at other areas to find the information about e-publishing only to discover that I may not want to bother with that at this time.
The most disappointing aspect of the book that I found was that most of it (about 70%) is dedicated to trade or self-help publishing.Read more ›
-common sense advice;
-self-promotion by the authors, including references to other books or organizations affiliated with the authors;
-no-brainers such as "use the internet for research", "try a search engine called 'Google'", etc.; and
-home-spun "witticisms" or "words of wisdom" in the form of quotes from various authors & publishers.
To wrap up, this book is decent, and probably worth the money and time to buy it and read it, but you need to wade through a bunch of verbiage to find the parts that are interesting and relevant to you.
This book is primarily targeted to writers of non-fiction. Logical, since non-fiction fares much better in self-publishing endeavors. About their biggest advice for novelists is to read Lawrence Block's "Writing the Novel." Along with such brilliant insights as "Good description elevates a book from the pack." Duh.
The authors are also nauseating in their praise of Amazon, no wonder Amazon gave them a favorable review. A friend of mine self-recorded (i.e. "self-published") a CD and listed it on Amazon. It was a good, professional product, but she found Amazon's service to be almost non-existent.
Dan Poynter's book on self-publishing might be a better buy. The truth is, POD technology is changing this field so quickly, it's hard for anyone to stay up to date. If you must read the Ross's book, get it from your local library. Save your money for a writing class, or perhaps a marketing class at your local SBA office or community college.
The book gives example of properly-fillied copyright registration, ISBN application, and other essential forms, gives the self-publishing "project plan", gives the list of most valuable organizations and information sources for self-publishers in the U.S.A. and Canada. It also lists selected book manufacturers, marketing contacts and other helpful information, including structured bibliography/recommended reading and glossary and definitions of widespread publishing acronyms.
When I first filled my copyright registration form, I made lot of mistakes, and the processing of this form has been delayed half a year due to these errors. I could have avoided this if I've followed the precepts given in this book.
The only thing that the 4th edition of this book misses is a reference to Internet-based discussion lists, which is also a valuable resource for self-publishers.
Please note that the book is big. Nevertheless, the price is surprisingly low, comparing to other self-publishing manuals. I would however recommend "How To Start And Run A Small Book Publishing Company: A Small Business Guide To Self-Publishing And Independent Publishing by" Peter I. Hupalo prior to reading "The Complete Guide to Self Publishing".
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This is the most informative book that I have read concerning self publishing a written work. I like the flow of the book as well as its structure. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Frances E. Simmons
As an author, and trying to self-publish, I found this book to be my writing bible. It still sits on my shelf where I can check my book marked pages in a second for references. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Jennifer E. Binkley
With sites like Createspace, Lulu and Smashwords, Not to mention social media advertising, Who really needs it anymore?
Very informative, nonetheless!
A great book to help you understand all the in's and out's of self-publishing! This book told me just what I needed to know, I greatly enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Lisa Michaels
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING is an indispensable book for self-publishers. I don't know how I'd be able to navigate my way through this industry without it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Aaron Charpentier
This book is like most other (how to) books it does not tell you anything that can really help you. I have a feeling that most of the things that someone would need to know about... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by BookGirl
I placed my order August 9,2010. The transaction cleared my account on August 10,2010. The order was at my doorstep on August 12, 2010. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Twanfran Shanita Jackson
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great read for anyone who is just starting out as a writer or self published author.Published on August 9, 2010 by Arnita L. Fields