- Series: PUBLISH IT YOURSELF HANDBOOK
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: Pushcart Press; Fourth Revised edition (November 17, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888889039
- ISBN-13: 978-1888889031
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,754,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"My advice--after some near-20 years as editor of newspaper and television book review columns--to and author who has been turned down by several reputable publishers with some indications that he or she has talent but no "marketability"--is to read this handbook. -- Boston Herald Traveler, Albert Duhamel
By now a classic, this collection of spirited essays by self-publishers and their supporters should serve to embolden would-be self-publishers and to entertain them and inform readers of all sorts. The brief how-to section is superb, and rich in specifics. -- from "How to Get Happily Published" by Judith Appelbaum and Nancy Evans
Strongly recommended. -- New York Times Book Review
This book is a joy. -- Freelancer Newsletter
About the Author
Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives on Long Island and In Maine where he runs the Pushcart bookstore – “the world’s smallest bookstore.”
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Contained in the book is an interesting history of self-publishing in the United States from Thomas Paine through Ernest Callenbach (author of Ecotopia). After the introduction, the authors tell their stories about their foray into the arena. Their reasons are diverse as the works that they have written. Some stuck with self-publishing throughout their careers while others entered it briefly only to go back to commercial publishers. See the reasons why they felt the need to self-publish as well as why some of them returned to the commercial arena.
I enjoyed reading about their experiences and would encourage anyone seeking to self-publish to get their source of inspiration from this book. I must caution you that this is NOT a how to book. The title is misleading and the so called updated how-to tips are a joke. I was disappointed in finding out that this wasn't a how-to book but it was an enjoyable read.
This book is a collection of stories about self publishers and self published works. At that, I found it to be interesting, and a worthwhile read. But if you are expecting it to be something else you may well be disappointed.
Imagine buying a Repair Your Own Car Handbook, and finding it to only contain stories of others who have repaired their cars. The misleading title scenario here is essentially the same.
This is a book with many accounts of books which have been self published, and the people who have self published them. As such, you may find some value or interest in this book. Do not, however, confuse it with The Self Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter (which really is a self publishing manual/how-to/handbook etc).
The material covered is old, (some of it really old-like Thomas Paine, William Blake, and Walt Whitman). This book is potentially interesting, but don't let it catch you by surprise.