From the Author
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
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.