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The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing: Straight Talk For Fiction & Nonfiction Writers About Producing & Marketing Your Own Books

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From the Author

Designed to be read in about an hour, this book provides practical information about each step of the publishing process based on my own experiences writing, producing, designing, distributing and promoting my own books. Whenever possible, I encourage you to do things yourself to save money, but there are times when it's wise to invest money to achieve the excellence your long hours of writing deserve. Self-publishing is more economical than it ever has been, but it isn't free. Understanding the expenses and challenges of a venture before they become a roadblock allows you to proceed with realistic expectations when you're ready to undertake your journey. As promised on the cover, it's "straight talk for fiction and nonfiction writers."
The first section of The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing focusses on producing your book. The second section is about promoting it afterward. The book is organized into short chapters that summarize each facet of the publishing process. If you prefer to spend more time writing and less time researching fine details of the publishing business, this book provides the concise insights, warnings, shortcuts, explanations and inspiration needed to help you make your book available directly and through major booksellers, and in both printed and eBook form. You'll have a good idea of what's involved and where to go from here.
What this book is not is a comprehensive guide to page layout, production techniques, public relations or building an online marketing platform. Think of it as a "what-to-do" guide rather than a "how-to-do-it" guide. Especially when it comes to marketing and promotion, there are infinite directions to be explored, but The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing assumes you are more interested in writing than in becoming a full-time marketer, that your time is limited, and that you are publishing with a limited budget. You'll find your hands full with plenty to learn right here, and will be well-served to try the techniques offered within these pages before investing further time and resources in additional marketing strategies.
The Universe of publishing is vast and expanding. A comprehensive listing would double the size of this book and require monthly updates. Though the resources described here will meet your needs, be sure to research all your options before deciding on vendors and directions.
Any costs or prices mentioned are in United States dollars, and you should calculate currency exchanges accordingly. However, with the publishing industry evolving constantly, you should treat them as guidelines and research current costs and options.
A list of links to the resources listed in the text is also included.
Whether you're a novelist, a poet or a business-writer, The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing was written for you.

About the Author

Born in October, 1964, Dave Bricker is professor of graphic design at an Arts University in Miami, Florida where he lives with his wife and daughter. In his design studio founded in 1995, he produces rich, experiential websites that are "a little different," and provides marketing consultation to clients with vision, integrity and excellent offerings.

An avid guitar player with a minor in jazz guitar, he has worked with some of the World's premier instrument makers, and through these associations, has had the unique opportunity to develop instruments that combine his loves of design and music.

A fan of adventure and travel, he began living aboard cruising sailboats at the age of 18, spent several years solo cruising in the Bahamas during the late 1980s, and crossed the Atlantic on a wooden yawl in 1991. During these voyages, he encountered some of the unusual people, places and circumstances that color his stories.

An inveterate do-it-yourselfer, Bricker writes, produces and designs his own books and publishes them through his private Essential Absurdities Press.

Current projects include "Waves," a continuation of the story of the protagonist from his first novel, "The Dance," that follows him from Florida to the Caribbean on a cruising trimaran, "The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing" - a nonfiction offering, an as-yet-untitled memoir of his own sailing experiences and an electronic book conceived to painlessly teach left-brain programming skills to right-brained artists.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Essential Absurdities Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984300929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984300921
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,591,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have finished a book, or a novel, you know the good feelings of excitement and accomplishment that can bring. But if afterwards, you have spent months and months unsuccessfully trying to place your work with an agent, you also know the feelings of frustration and incompetency that brings.

You slowly come to realization that although you might be the best author ever, the world may never find out about your talent, because you weren't given the gift to be a good sales person.

Luckily, that shouldn't be the point where you give up. In his book, The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing, Dave Bricker shows you ways to get your work out to the world without an agent.

And there really are quite a few possibilities, which are all very comprehensively outlined in the book. I especially found helpful the practical info, such as obtaining ISBN numbers, Copyright and various pricing scenarios, as well as tips on different printing and eBook possibilities.

The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing is a simple and to the point manual, which I highly recommend to anyone who has already finished, or is just thinking of writing the next masterpiece.
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When I first got the idea to self-publish, I had already been a writer for many years and had even been published. But the world of books has changed utterly since my early days as a student poet at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and there is a compelling logic to at least seriously consider self-publishing as an appropriate path forward. This is the book I wish I had had when that idea first struck me. It is a clear, concise well-written overview of everything you really need to know to seriously entertain the idea of self-publishing. There are plenty of other books that go into a great deal more detail about many of the topics addressed in this book. I know I bought a lot of those books and quickly got lost in the weeds. I also spent years with fellow writers--endlessly discussing and researching self-publishing--all the while listening to everyone take a turn at, "but I don't want to be a publisher; I want to write." Mostly, it was all a colossal waste of time, until I decided that this was what I was going to do. After that I never looked back. Dave and I are both friends and colleagues, and he is genuinely brilliant. This is a useful book. You will not be disappointed.
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This is a great guide to self publishing. I have been published by small and regional publishers and am seeking alternatives for future works. This one hour guide has been invaluable in helping me balance options. It is a fast read, one hour or so, easy to follow and understand, and an honest account of options. I would have liked to have seen a bit more stories of other folks experiences in the do's or don'ts, but then it would not have been as short and concise. If you are a first time author, or a seasoned published author wanting to re-evaluate options, this is a must read. The one hour guide to self-publishing has been helpful to me.
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I just finished a novel and was looking for some ideas on how to proceed. This book is the perfect start to getting your mind ready for that next step. One key point Dave makes, that I think all new authors need to grasp: You have had this story in your mind for a long time. You finally got it on paper. But, is it a work of art for family to enjoy (like the Dad who likes to dabble in painting), or do you fashion yourself a budding professional writer? Considering the steep climb to becoming successful, combined with the odds against it, it might be smarter to look in the mirror and pat yourself on the back for doing what you said you would do and accepting the fact that you might not appear on the NYT Best Seller list. That's the space I am in right now. Highly recommended. SUPER VALUE!!!!!
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Like many people, I have read a bit about the world of self-publishing in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal or from talking to others who have self-published. However, like many things, the information I learned raised more questions than answers, and there was no clear path on how to get started, let alone go through the entire process of writing, publishing, and marketing a book.

I read Dave Bricker's One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing, and it is terrific. It lays out everything in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format. The Guide offers a great deal of practical advice and not only covers the mechanics of self-publishing (how do I get my book from thought to published format?) but also the business of self-publishing (how do I price, market, distribute, and sell my book?). It offers practical suggestions of what most people can do and what tasks they should leave to professionals.

The Guide is quick and easy to read, digest, and will tell you what you really need to know. It also contains a flow diagram in the back which is great for organization or as a check list of things to do. I highly recommend the Guide if you are at all interested in writing and publishing your work.
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I bought this book because someone talked about it. My honest opinion? it is good for someone who has no idea on how to start. At least the author gave some good basic guidelines. For me, I wish I bought it before spending hours googling. Now, I outsmart the book. There are a few points that I do not totally agree: his web hosting, ePub conversion, and eBoob distributor. eBookarchitect is very expensive. I spent $2,000 on my 3 color books as of today. They charge a minimum flate rate fee $75 for maintenance if I need to correct 2 mispelled words. However, their work is very good. Recently, I met some vendors who provide the same services to major publishing houses at Book Expo of America in New York. My new book now cost $15 to convert to ePub and mobile. This book is a lot less complex, but still less than what I have to pay for minimum flate charge at $75 to make a couple changes. I was shocked by the price, but I got 3 similar quotes. So, it must be the industry standard. Why would you need to use Smashword? Go directly to Amazon, iTune, Kobo, and B & N. If your book is converted into ePub and mobile format, the upload is free and flawless! No middleman is needed here. Overall, I feel good after reading this book because I now know more than the author. It was a good validation for me. That means that I am heading to the right direction!
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