- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Marin Bookworks (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936385111
- ISBN-13: 978-0936385112
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Self-Publisher's Companion
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"Book publishing is changing-for the better. This book explains the new and better ways to publish and promote your book. Don't be left behind."
-Dan Poynter, The Self-Publishing Manual
"Should one seek to go their own way, this book is a great lesson plan, from the mindset to the mechanics. This is actionable material, and worth your money."
-Chris Brogan, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Trust Agents
"Filled with valuable insight and practical tips, this book is highly recommended for aspiring authors."
-Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer
"Finally, an Honest Advocate for First-time Authors! A lucky break indeed! For new writers immersed and perplexed with the intricate world of self-publishing options, Joel Friedlander's, A Self Publisher's Companion, is a tool they can utilize to clarify the journey and organize their goals. Commonly, new authors waste precious time and resources in failed attempts to self-promote their self-published works. Joel's book offers clear and comprehendible avenues for unmatched success. A must read for first-timers!"
-Carol Denbow, Senior Executive Editor, Plain & Simple Books
"A unique and important addition on the subject matter of self-publishing and why you should think about it."
-Zoe Winters, author of Smart Self-Publishing, Becoming an Indie Author
"This book is evergreen, it will outlive the latest tools and techniques in the online world. It resonates with Joel's many years of experience within the publishing world, his love of content creation and beauty as well as his amazing skills as a popular blogger. Highly recommended for anyone considering the self-publishing route or if you want to know more about aspects of publishing in a digital age. I have self-published four books now and still found myself jotting down notes from the useful information."
-Joanna Penn, TheCreativePenn.com
From the Author
I wrote this book to explain the world of self-publishing to authors thinking about getting into print or e-books. With the rise of print on demand technology and the coming of ebooks, it's time for every author to consider taking control of their publishing destiny. There's no reason for writers to postpone their writing career any more.
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What it does offer is a useful overview of publishing as a whole, both its history and the current layout, and a birds-eye glimpse of where self-publishing may be going in the years to come. While it's true that this book has been drawn largely from the pages of his blog (a fact he himself mentions), which you can read for free, the content has been revised and formatted to work well in book form. It's also been categorized so each piece fits meaningfully into a larger whole.
Since Friedlander actually sells ebook templates himself and tells others how to format their ebooks, I was also, naturally, prepared to critique his own layout, but found that as an ebook it was clean, easy to read and understand, and was better-formatted than most.
I'll admit, reading this book is a little like treating yourself to a delicious pep talk, but there's enough "talking sense" in this book (particularly his sections on the business end of self-publishing, something us writers are sometimes loathe to embrace) that I'd recommend it for anyone who hopes to self-publish anything.
With an easy-to-read style and excellent presentation/formatting, this book offers advice on a range of areas that an author must consider before choosing this path. From a psychological assessment of what it takes to become a successful (and happy) self-published author, to a compelling vision of the future of e-books and detailed advice on the best use of social media, this book is rich in knowledge and guidance.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the positive, upbeat tone: this is a well-balanced look at an industry that is in the throes of major changes. The author sees both self-publishing and traditional publishing as equally professional, and this sense of respect imbues the guide with a mature and comforting wisdom that can only encourage authors in the path to publication.
Friedlander wants you to be sure that you want to enter self-publishing before you do, so he asks you questions that are geared toward you recognizing in yourself the ability to handle all the ins and outs of the trade, your goals for writing and publishing, and all the business-specific needs of the process of getting your books published. He wants you to know the basic issues so that you can set clear goals for yourself that will better organize and tailor the details of the self-publishing process to your book so that it can be a more fulfilling rather than a problematic endeavor.
Friedlander's other key points include:
* Finding your niche and marketing directly to them in as many ways as possible,
* Using social media and other marketing channels to network and promote your book,
* Building an author platform even before you begin the self-publishing process, through social media and other methods,
* Learning about interior book and cover design, as well as the other parts of the publishing process, including editorial and marketing, and, most important,
* Understanding that you cannot and should not do it alone; finding professionals in all the major departments of publishing is indispensable to keeping your sanity, retaining joy in the process, getting the book published in a timely manner, keeping an eye on your budget, and enabling you to keep creative control, which is a major reason why so many authors enter self-publishing.
Friedlander's book definitely instructed me in the preliminary points and aspects of self-publishing, and has inspired me to venture into the field in the near future. I certainly recommend the book for anyone who'd like to self-publish because it is full of clear, invaluable information on the subject, and helps readers recognize the pros and cons of the process via its many details. Above all, Friedlander wants his readers to be positive that they can handle the process before they move full-steam ahead into the field; this is why he asks his readers questions and offers so much thoughtful advice, and for this I commend him.