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Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Volume 2) [Paperback]

Dan Poynter
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March 6, 2009 1568601468 978-1568601465 2
Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2, the sequel to the best selling Self Publishing Manual describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, &
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Para Publishing; 2 edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568601468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568601465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Book Writing and Publishing. (Aviation bio, below).

Dan Poynter is an author of more than 120 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

He is an evangelist for books, an ombudsman for authors, an advocate for publishers and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published books.

His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in The New York Times. The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishing.

Dan travels more than 6,000 miles each week to share, inspire and empower writers, publishers and professional speakers through keynotes and seminars.

Some of his books are Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's Handbook, The Expert Witness Handbook and The Older Cat.


Dan shows people how to make a difference while making a living by coaching them on the writing, publishing and promoting of their books.

He has turned thousands of people into successful authors. His mission is to see that people do not die with a book still inside them.

Follow me: http://www.Twitter.com/DanPoynter
See me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWl0fnBu7bs

Parachutes, Skydiving, and Aviation.

Dan Poynter is a skydiver, parachute rigger and pilot.
He worked as a parachute designer for years and has all the licenses and rating in skydiving.
He was recently nominated to the Skydiving Hall of Fame.
Dan has written a dozen books on parachutes, hang gliding, and other aviation activities.


Para Publishing LLC, PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206, USA.
Bus: +1-805-968-7277; Mob: +1-805-448-9009 DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com

Customer Reviews

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To review, it helps to READ the book November 3, 2009
The top two reviews here are negative. That's too bad, because Poynter doesn't deserve them. While negative reviews are necessary--hopefully, they make you think and consider your options--it's frustrating to read reports that are shortsighted and leave you wondering if they actually have a copy in hand, or not.

Poynter's latest edition of his original industry icon, Self-Publishing Manual, now in Vol. 2, does exactly as promised ... it offers necessary information about how to use the new digital technologies and techniques ... along with the old tried-and-true self-publishing information on which it is based.

He didn't give it a whole new title and promise revolutionary epiphanies ... it's a reference manual BASED ON Vol. I, with fresh insights into what's happening now in the industry that we should be aware of, in order to sell our books effectively.

If you haven't noticed, Poynter is a man of few words--he has a LOT of information to share and perhaps is a little short on some details--but for new authors and especially those confused by today's social networking and online PR, it's a great starting point.

If you actually READ the book, you'll see he has saved us all a LOT of time and effort by including websites, blog sites, networking sites, online review sites, eBook distribution information and SO much more--the book is invaluable for that information alone. And knowing Poynter, the sites he recommends are worth visiting.

Vol. 2 is STILL a must-have for any writer who is dazed and confused about the digital age. Thanks Dan!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily Helpful March 7, 2009
With the current economic meltdown deciding on a publishing strategy is more difficult than ever. I have written seven books and have just completed number eight. In my career as an author, I have published with a major NY publisher, a mid-sized NY publishing house; I have worked with a major NY agent, and published several specialty books with specialty publishers. I have also self-published three books.

I want to make the best decision possible in publishing book number eight. At this time, I am still gathering and analyzing information to help me make the best decision possible. Dan Poynter's latest book, The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume II, has provided me, and it will provide you with an extraordinary amount of up-to-date information that will help you make the best decision possible on how to publish your book, no matter what publishing format you choose, pBook (printed), eBook, or aBook (audio), or some combination of all three. This book covers critical information in four crucial areas: book publishing challenges and technological solutions, writing and producing your book, distributing your book and promoting your book.

Dr.Brad McRae, CSP, Author of "The Seven Stategies of Master Negotiators,"
"The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters" and "Become a Master Leader:
Featuring Key Insights from Canada's Top Leaders."
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Overlap of The Original September 29, 2009
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I already read two different editions of the Self Publishing Manual and loved every minute of it. When I saw this book for sale, I bought it, no doubt in mind. It was a good read despite being a very quick read, but ultimately I was not thrilled with it. It was filled with good advice and tips, but much of the book overlaps with the regular manual. I don't know why he didn't just tack on the non-similar information into his regualr book - ti wouldn't add that much thickness.

For the most part, online marketing is a very tricky business and is best explained in "Plug your book" by Steve Weber. And I'm not filled with complaints here though; this books had many great things to say about buyer mentality and especially ebooks. I've read countless books on book marketing and am reaching the end of my pile and was very glad to find a section in this book on ebooks, the different formats, and the outlets to reach online stores.

This is a good book and should be read, but it won't fill your head with wisdom.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely dissapointed March 1, 2010
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I must say that I was VERY excited to receive this book - looking forward to it immensely. However, in the end I was extremely disappointing, especially a book with a list price of $14.95 with only 144 pages although it feels more like 75 pages with the large font and open spacing. Dan Poynter is someone who I admire and I can only imagine that the person who actually wrote this book was not Dan Poynter. This book lacked substance, while attempting to comment on new technology and social media without providing any substantive information. It goes A.D.D. on you, jumping around from a few pages of getting reviews for your book, setting up your own publishing company, making sure you have a facebook page, and digital printing, ebooks, etc. MANY of the references in the book are bad, expired, and many links don't work...its really not something I would recommend to anyone. If you want to learn about social media, get a book on social media. I would also comment that the quality of printing wasn't the greatest. Sorry for being critical, but respectfully -if you are going to put out a second volume - it should be an enhancement or evolution from the first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I haven't found anything that even comes close. Dan is probably the best author for self-publishing. I only wish I had gotten started sooner.
Published 22 days ago by L.S.-1
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read Dan's books first.
While some of the info is outdated, it does point the reader in the right direction. My mistake was not reading it sooner.
Published 1 month ago by James L. Casale, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Poynters Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2.
This is an extremely comprehensive book which you digest chapter by chapter and keep referring to it many times as you come across various problems in the publishing field. Read more
Published 2 months ago by late starter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
I was crazy about the first 20% of the book because it was full of opinions. After that, this book was a great read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Y. Mabry
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what an author needs to understand the technology side!
After attending a "Getting Published" workshop by a local author, I bought this book at a published friend's recommendations and I could not be happier. This Vol. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Filarsky
5.0 out of 5 stars This book show you how to publish a book, step by step.
I went from wanting to write a book to having one on Amazon in just 3 months. I'm now on my 2nd book.
Published 4 months ago by Gary R. Teaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough with a multiplier effect
Mr. Poynter's book is full of rich references which you can choose as you wish to help with your project! Very well researched, it will save you hundreds of hours.
Published 5 months ago by Michael B. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Tool
As someone involved in the publishing industry, this book is an incredible resource for those of us developing an understanding of publishing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars This was helpful to me when I was writing my own book, titled "Love is...
I'm a do it yourself kind of a guy who wrote a story about a priest I knew in high school. I didn't have a lot of money to pay a publisher to get my book into print. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dennis J. Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot
Excellent book. Dan Poynter is the ultimate resource for self publishing. I've learned a lot from him and have self published a few books with his guidance.....Joe
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Sugarman
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