"Self-publishing writers already wear so many hats; who has time to be a lawyer in addition to social media expert and marketing pro? Sedwick's book answers all types of questions, including those writers wouldn't think to ask." -Arlene Miller, M.A., The Grammar Diva ™
"Should be on every author's shelf.... Sedwick simplifies the scary and presents ways to avoid ending up in a costly legal battle. Her goal is to help you avoid wasting money and time on things that could have been avoided in the first place.... Don't hesitate; get your copy now." -Self-Publishing Review
From the Author
For instance, many writers are surprised to find out that they are starting a small business. They have questions about incorporation and crowd-funding, not to mention hiring freelancers and deducting expenses.
Or they are considering purchasing a publishing package from a self-publishing service company and wonder how to distinguish between an honest company and an unscrupulous one. They worry about losing their copyrights.
Many suffer from what I call contract anxiety. When they try to read a contract, the page looks like 5,000 words run through a blender.
And what about author platforms? How do writers write blog posts that are provocative but not defamatory? How do they find eye-catching images without spending a fortune? They wonder if their websites need privacy policies, and what do DMCA, COPPA, and DRM mean anyway?
Dozens of books and websites offer advice on designing covers, editing content, and tweeting effectively, but few will tell writers how to protect their Social Security Numbers or spot a scam.
But there is also a personal reason I wrote the Handbook.
My parents were artistic people; my mother an actress and my father a stage and television director. By temperament or choice, they did not understand business or money. When I was young, I saw them being taken advantage of over and over again. I went to law school so I would have the tools to navigate the business world myself and to help creative people like my parents.
Writing and publishing a book is a significant investment in time, money and emotion. It is tough enough to make money in a business where fewer than five percent of books sell over 1,000 copies. Writers should not lose money (or sleep) by hiring the wrong self-publishing service company or getting sued for copyright infringement.
Many chapters in the book will also help a traditionally published writer who is blogging, tweeting, and creating content for Internet distribution.