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Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Volume 2) 2nd Edition
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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.Read more ›
The templates and forms Dan includes are useful, for everything from permissions requests to requests for print bids to discount schedules. Even if all you use are the lists of publishing web sites, printers, distributors, reviewers, etc., you will more than get your money's worth from this book.
Dan's information helped me produce a quality book on a tight timeframe. Not only did I get the book done quickly, it was profitable within one month after release.
I teach a course on publishing, and 'The Self-Publishing Manual' is the text I use. If you want to learn about publishing, this is the place to start.
This is a very good guide, especially for the author (orwannabe author) who is thinking about writing and publishing their own work.
These days, the writing of the book, contrary to the belief of many, is not the end of the work. Perhaps the largest hurdle remains: getting the book published and out on the market where people may buy it.
This book looks at those problems, and contains a great deal of very good advice.
Even the biggest publishers take a loss, or just break even, on most of the titles they publish. They are supported by the handful that achieve the most attention, and become big sellers. Like the movie industry, only a few become stars. And, of course, the giant's share of their promotion budget goes to the books which show the most promise, leaving the ones who really need it out in the cold.
It is a humbling experience for a would-be author to go into a large bookstore, see all of the shelves full of books, and realize that his book will just be one more of the hundreds of thousands of new titles that show up each year.
So, this book fills a need. How about publishing? The primary functions of the traditional publisher are selecting books that will sell in the first place, editing, proofreading, design, production and--most important--marketing. In most cases, the new author is the primary marketing agent for his book, anyway. Why should he give up 90% of the sales price when he must shoulder the main responsibility of the publisher?
The author, who created the book, must usually be satisfied with 10% royalties, with the publisher retaining 90% for their production and marketing efforts.Read more ›
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This book was my Bible! Highly recommend it. I used it to launch my own self publishing company. Just released my first novel a month ago. Tons of information inside. [... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Unknown
As always Dan's books were always informative. After following his advice in the first edition, My first book was a big hit! A bestseller in many places. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stormy Steele
Dan Poynter will be your publishing saviour and guide.
Blessings to Dan for all he has done and continues to offer authors. Read more
This book is what most people call the "bible" of the self-publishing industry. It provides everything(some material is outdated) you need to get started in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tony Rogers Jr
My co-worker is into publishing and says every word of advice in this book is relevant. Detailed reference information for writing, publishing, promoting, and more will sure help... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. J.