- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480250201
- ISBN-13: 978-1480250208
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers: How to Print-on-Demand with CreateSpace & Make eBooks for Kindle & Other eReaders
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This book is clearly designed as a book that will be referred to from time to time, yet there is no index and only four chapters (each chapter is split into two subchapters). It seems like it could be organized better to provide faster access to the information that the reader is looking for. Also I found my self wishing for more simple lists and checklists instead of requiring the reader to pick thru the fairly dense text. Careful addition of some white space would help the reader get the most out of the book.
I have no real quarrel with the MS Word tutorials but found like other readers that is was a little too specific for MS Word 2010. It would have been nice if the author would have taken the extra step and mentioned the alternate steps for MS Word 2007 when they differed from 2010.
I was also caught a little short when I found, buried on page 163, the following warning:
"It's important to note that you can't add a LCCN (i.e., Library of Congress Control Number)after your book is published. After you click Approve Proof, your book is published and it is too late to add an LCCN." If this had been important to me, I would have been unlikely to have seen this until it was too late....
The author is a professor at a university who self-publishes his works via Amazon Createspace for print, and also publishes electronically via Amazon Kindle Publishing and other major ebook formats. What strikes me, when I started reading, is the author's ability to impart information in a very casual, conversational manner. As an educator by trade, his mind is automatically trained to impart information in digestible portions to his readers. This is an important point to note, because a first time publishing author can read this guide, and use it to publish his work. This book is broad in the range of topics covered, but the author is able to discuss the material in a way that readers can easily follow.
The author uses Microsoft Word, and he provides an in-depth discussion of the differences between versions 2003, 2007, and 2010, and how to use the tools and formats to create a variety of books. He also discusses the use of illustrations, and the differences that each online publisher has regarding image sizes.
For me personally, the most important topic is pricing, and the author does not disappoint me in this subject. He discusses your expected royalty from each publisher, and goes through the numbers in great depth. He also stresses the important of qualifying for Amazon's 4-for-3 pricing for paperbacks, and also qualifying for Amazon's free shipping for orders over $25.
A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing wiht Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Volume 1 by Chris McMullen truly lives up to its name. I only have two disappointments with this book. First is the fact that the author left marketing out for a second volume. Second is the lack of online contact information for the author, in case readers have questions regarding his book. Despite these misgivings, this book is VERY detailed, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to novice self-publishing authors, and experienced authors alike.
Like another reviewer here, I do miss an index in this book (the print version). Instruction manuals need indexes because we need them the way we need a search engine to find information online. An index would make this chatty, reader-friendly manual a perfect self-publisher's companion. Instead it's more like attending a good professor's lectures and hoping you remember all you need to know. Nevertheless, McMullen's manual is truly helpful and I eagerly await volume 2.
In fact, I loved this book so much I did the unthinkable - I BOUGHT IT. You don't understand; I read about 4 books a month and they're all from the library. I NEVER buy books but this book is so good and so detailed I had to do it. I've since bought my copy and marked almost every page with valuable information.
The author recommends using Microsoft Word and Amazon's CreateSpace to format and publish the book respectively. I loved his tips so much that I bought the Office suite and will follow his directions to a T on CreateSpace.
I really appreciate the author self-published this book so we can feel the paper and see the quality CreateSpace offers. He clearly knows his stuff and has the patience to explain it to the rest of us befuddled folks. Well done Chris McMullen!