- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Five Star Publications (AZ); 1st edition (March 13, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877749168
- ISBN-13: 978-1877749162
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,562,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing: How to Produce and Market Your Book on a Budget Paperback – March 13, 1996
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Linda Radke has made your new venture easy by providing a simple road map to economical self-publishing. Start now by taking the first step. This book will be your secret weapon. -- Dan Poynter, noted publishing consultant.
Do you or your students have an idea you want to share with the public? Have you ever thought of writing a book about it? In her book, Self Publishing: How to Produce and Market Your Book on a Budget, self-published author Linda Foster Radke explains several ways fledgling authors can spread their wings and fly into self-publishing without spending all their money. As she explains in the Foreword, "Writing the book is the easy part; the tip of the iceberg. The real work begins when you switch hats to expend time and money on promoting the book. As you enter new territory, this book will be your beacon." Radke also states that this book can be an encourager, coach, mentor, recipe for success, or even a secret weapon. She has obviously tried her wings with self-publishing, and succeeded to the point that she founded her own publishing company and is now marketing books by other authors. Any writer who has thought about publishing a book should read this one, if only to get more ideas about how to publish and market a book without spending a fortune. The book is written in three parts: The Manuscript Self Publishing as a Business Publicity, Promotion, and Marketing The sections are able to stand alone, so you can browse through the information in one section without reading another, depending on your interests or needs. In The Manuscript section, Radke offers advice from other authors and experts, including information on grammar, usage, and style; creating a manuscript; finding an audience; working with various aspects of a manuscript (design, cover, copyrights); and typesetting. She then goes into the details of printing the manuscript - and explains the differences between printing in bulk and on demand printing. She brings up ideas and options that some authors might not consider without her help. In the Self-Publishing as a Business section, Radke shares her business savvy and discusses running a publishing business out of a home. She covers such topics as banking, zoning, and other minor details that a reader might forget about. She also discusses a variety of tools that a publisher needs - computers, fax machines, photocopiers. She then goes into procedures - how to accept payment, deal with shipping/handling; and expanding into a large-scale publishing business. In the Publicity, Promotion, and Marketing section, Radke discusses the difference between publicity and advertising, prepublication marketing materials and media kits, ordering information, and other types of marketing tools for authors to consider. Additionally, she discusses media and mailing lists, and public speaking. The Appendix also includes a plethora of marketing and writing resources that many authors would find indispensable, including sample covers, forms, flyers, and postcards. Last, the book also includes a comprehensive Index for the reader who is looking for specific information about one topic. Any writer would find this book a useful tool, and the student who is considering a writing career ought to also consider reading this book. For homeschoolers who supplement their income by writing curricula or any types of resource materials, this book may offer some surprises. It's worth the investment to read Radke's book in order to learn more. --Eclectic Homeschool Online
"Linda Radke has made your new venture easy by providing a simple road map to economical self-publishing. Start now by taking that first step. This book will be your secret weapon." --Dan Poynter, "The Self-Publishing Manual"
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The book covers many topics such as style, manuscript, illustrations, editors, copyright, ISBN, bar code, establishing your business at home, developing mailing lists, how to market ant promote your book on a limited budget, and much more. It consists of three parts. The first one is about making a book from idea to printing. Writing the book is the easy and pleasing part, very the tip of the iceberg of book-publishing. The second part of the book is on business of publishing, as writing is an art and publishing is a business. And the third part is on publicity, promotion, and marketing. In appendix you'll find the list of some useful publications, periodicals, association and distributors' magazines, book distributors and wholesalers, mailing list sources, other useful contacts, and a sample of the Book marketing plan by Five Star Publications.
Dan Poynter said about this book: this is your recipe, your coach, your mentor, your guide, your beacon, and your secret weapon. And he is quite right. I recommend this book for writers and small publishers.