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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463698224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463698225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith has written more than ninety popular novels and well over 100 published short stories. His novels include the science fiction novel Laying the Music to Rest and the thriller The Hunted as D.W. Smith. With Kristine Kathryn Rusch, he is the coauthor of The Tenth Planet trilogy and The 10th Kingdom. He writes under many pen names and has also ghosted for a number of top bestselling writers. Dean has also written books and comics for all three major comic book companies, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, and has done scripts for Hollywood. One movie was actually made. Over his career he has also been an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. Currently, he is writing thrillers and mystery novels under another name.

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USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith published more than a hundred novels in thirty years and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

He wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, they wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

He now writes his own original fiction under just the one name, Dean Wesley Smith. In addition to his upcoming novel releases, his monthly magazine called Smith's Monthly premiered October 1, 2013, filled entirely with his original novels and stories.

Dean also worked as an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. He now plays a role as an executive editor for the original anthology series Fiction River.
For more information go to www.deanwesleysmith.com, www.smithsmonthly.com or www.fictionriver.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCKilgore on January 24, 2012
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I'm nearly finished reading this slim volume, and I'm so glad I picked it up in print. Having a ready resource in hand is still sometimes preferable to reading on a screen. Dean Wesley Smith's "Think Like A Publisher" was an instrumental series of posts that helped me reboot my thinking as a newbie to the indie publishing realm. I'm grateful for his concise and direct guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on May 17, 2012
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This book is so good! I'm doing my business plan - deep into the detail of how I'm going to publish my beloved first book - and this has been enormously helpful. I've read several books on self-publishing and while they too were good, they focused primarily on how to prepare your book for the various channels - Kindle, Createspace, Smashwords - and how to promote on the web (eg blogs). Dean picks up where they left off, with the the practical, business fundamentals such as setting up your business account, income projection, pricing, and scheduling. It's really practical, and spot on - I found myself holding my ereader in one hand and typing notes into my business plan with the other. He also talks about selling to independent bookstores, which I hadn't seen anywhere else and is really relevant for a niche market book (so useful - thank you thank you). So, if you're past the introductory stages and into the trenches of planning and implementation, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Rabe on November 25, 2011
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This book gives you all the tools you will ever need to publish your own works. And it's a great and entertaining read! Don't bother with any other how-to book; make sure all your writer friends get this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Rothman on July 11, 2013
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If you are an indie author, do yourself a favor and buy this book. You don't have to agree with everything he says. But reading it will provide you valuable insight about what you could be doing.

Are you treating your writing as a business? You'd better be. Do you think of yourself as a publisher? You'd better be. Do you know how? If not, Dean explains how to in this book.

He provides step-by-step instructions for the basics, and some of what I thought were the not-so-basics, such as a gift card for Smashwords. Bet you didn't know how to do that.

Sure, he focuses on fiction, because that's his background. I can learn and adapt what he's done to my non-fiction. This is a terrific guide for those of who fell into the deep end of the indie pool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lars W. Hindsley on February 1, 2013
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Every writer eventually meets the business end of writing. For authors this is a useful read. It's written expecting you as an author to produce in quantity, however for less than ten bucks, if you want a guide through the publishing process even a single instance book publisher will find this a good investment.

SOME small quirky things that make Dean, Dean are evident from his unwillingness to acknowledge the use of Photoshop or other more contemporary tools everyone should accept as standards, but he admits there is more than one way to get from point a to point b and that gives you confidence in every instruction he advises. He is a competent guide you can trust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daphne J. Riordan on May 13, 2012
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This book doesn't just discuss the basics of how to post your book on Amazon and Smashwords, but goes far beyond that. It teaches how to set up your indie publishing company as a business, how to expand into POD, and even how to get your POD book into some of the brick-and-mortar bookstores. I learned a great deal from this book, and highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By writing reverend on September 11, 2012
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As I have delved deep into the publishing world before I read this book; it was refreshing to learn how an indie publisher can think like a traditional publisher. After reading this book I put myself into CEO mode and created a writing calendar for what I wanted to have written and how fast. This book helped me become a more disciplined writer as well as a publisher. I loved the common sense approach that the author uses when explaining what it takes to make a living as an author in the indie world. As someone with six authors under my label and counting I do not hesitate to let authors know the tricks and secrets that they can use to start their own publishing houses. So this book is a must for those wanting to get ahead in today's world of publishing.
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This book explains why traditional publishing is a thing of the past. Writers need to write, publish, and do it again. Dean Wesley gives all writers hope that you can get your work out there and make money. But, you need to think like a publisher. If you are a writer, wannabe writer, or publisher get this book!
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