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Don't jump into self-publishing without this manual!,
This review is from: The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self Publishing Manual, 12th ed) (Paperback)If you have ever felt that self-publishing is similar to jumping out of a plane without a parachute, have no fear! "The Self-Publishing Manual" is your parachute! On your way to "landing" your first published book, you will learn everything you need to know.
I think of Dan Poynter as the ultimate "how-to self-publish" expert! He will teach you all the tricks of the publishing trade. As an author of more than 80 books, he also has a proven track record of success. He will convince you that you too can succeed.
The strength of this encyclopedic reference is the author's experience in publishing. Dan Poynter is also on the leading edge of technology. He welcomes the new era of book publishing and prepares writers by giving a "New Book Publishing Model."
If you are looking for a complete reference on writing, printing, publishing, promoting, marketing and distributing your new book, look no further. Whether you just have the concept for your new book or have already advanced to the promotion stage, the information you will need to make your efforts more successful is here!
The "Your Book's Calendar" section is like a true gift for the busy author. This section is vital to keeping your goals and progress in check. It will allow you to digest volumes of information in small sections. You can start with what you have started to accomplish, check the suggested readings and then check off your goals as you reach them.
I especially enjoyed reading the section on professional reviewers. The glossary of publishing terms was so revealing. The "resources for publishers" section was detailed and informative.
This source book also has a companion web site. You can find information kits, great book promotion mailing lists, links to useful Web sites and hundreds of downloadable documents.
If you are still searching for an agent, sending out manuscripts to publishers, or writing those endless query letters, it may be time to take off that seat belt which is trapping you in that airplane seat! Then, read this book and jump! There are people who want your book. There are people who need your book. Believe it! Then, free fall to success!
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2008 1:31:52 PM PST
Brandon Simpson says:
I stumbled on to this book in June 2006 when I was trying to figure out how to publish books. "The Self-Publishing Manual" saved me so much time. I would've been lost without reading this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2008 9:23:52 PM PST
Critical Eye says:
I met the author once when we both were skydivers, back in "the day." He wrote and self-published an invaluable work about parachute rigging, which was "The Bible" for all skydivers then. I met Dan again at the Maui Writer's Conference, I believe it was the year I won the grand prize (which was never published because it was called well-written, literary, but un-marketable) I should've bought Dan's book then! Now, more than ten years later, I'm finally buying his writer's bible. Thanks for the compelling review!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2008 11:38:04 PM PST
If you look up www.iuniverse.com you may be amazed at how easy it is to publish just about anything these days. Authors tend to have to do the marketing themselves anyway so self-publishing is a fun way to go.
Posted on Jun 25, 2011 4:51:35 PM PDT
Sharon J Parrill says:
In just over a year and a half, I self published three books and one more is nearly ready to go. Its an art poetry book and I'm skipping the self publish sites and going straight to the printers, publishers, lightning source and see what happens there. Ive used Createspace.com, Xlibris for a children's book, and IUniverse for the sequel to the first novel. I have learned a lot and wish I hadordered Poynter's book first though. Would have saved a lot of grief in learning the self publishing from the get go. But believe me, you have to be so careful of what those companies promise you.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2011 4:53:31 PM PDT
Sharon J Parrill says:
You are right, publishers don't do much for you except put you on the shelves and the marketing is mostly up to you. I have learned that first hand as well!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2011 5:10:17 PM PDT
Sharon, Things have gotten so very exciting in publishing. Now
you can publish a Kindle book at amazon for free. I took a
course from www.agoodread.com on how to do it and
published two books - a novel and a book of poetry. I found
the process very satisfying. You can literally be published
in about a week. Getting reviews - well that is still something
I'm learning to do.
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 10:39:40 PM PDT
Avoid at all cost.
The author should be ashamed of selling this catastrophically antiquated 14th Edition.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2011 1:29:26 PM PDT
You expect the author to throw his books away? Come on!
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