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The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory—To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books Paperback – December 16, 2014
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"Wish this guide existed when I started self-publishing. It outlines the process beautifully, directs you where to go and saves months of research. A treasure chest I plan to open often."
--Jason Matthews, How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks
"Most authors are excited about the promise of self-publishing--until they actually try to do it. Then they quickly realize they will need a team of professionals to prepare, publish, and promote their book. And that's where they get stuck. They don't have the connections. That's where The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide is a life-saver. This is the missing link that will enable authors to capitalize on the self-publishing revolution and become captains of their own literary destiny. I highly recommend it."
--Michael Hyatt, New York Times Bestselling Author
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The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide is a living document
Although we have tried to gather the most valuable resources for indie authors, it's inevitable that some have been missed, and new products and services are constantly being introduced. We want your help to make it even better. If you know of a person, company, product, or service of value to independent authors that's not included in this guide, please let us know. You can send submissions to be included in the next edition of The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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I wish the introduction had included the process by which the resources were chosen. The authors are essentially saying "trust our choices." The authors wisely include a disclaimer that the book is a living document, as any document containing web addresses would be. They also ask readers to submit their own suggestions for the next edition. I would hope that contributors would be given attribution, and again, I would like to know how contributed resources are vetted.
Each section begins with a brief rationale for the category. In PREPARING, for instance, a one paragraph introduction describes the need for professionalism. Although the resources show what professionalism entails, it would have been nice for the authors to summarize the key points of making a book NOT look like it's self published. Each category follows the same format. I did notice that each section is followed by a blank page, which exacts more scrolling.
If the authors had considered themselves as editors of the vast resources they provide, I believe the format of the book would have been more credible and more helpful. Annotations of the websites would guide the reader toward an appropriate resource for the writer's current need.
That said, I would recommend this book to writers. It is convenient and full of useful resources. I will definitely be using this book to guide the various stages of my self-published and traditionally published writing.
This book resembles really a database - 850 Resources are classified into 33 categories, which are organized into three major Units - i.e., Prepare, Publish and Promote. Naturally, the Units are organized in the way that usually follows the story of a book. Therefore, each Self-Publisher, at any given time, finds easily the Category and the Resources, which may help him in a given moment. In addition, each category begins with a brief introduction, which not only informs the reader about what will follow, but is also a useful auxiliary frame concerning the text to which it relates. The reference of the authors 'Professional Looking Books' on the book cover, as the reader finds in the process of reading, refers not only to the appearance of the book, but also to the internal organization of matter, in avoiding various errors, etc., which spoil the image that will be taken by the reader of the book.
The overall conclusion for this book is that it is a useful, functional, helpful and comprehensive database, addressed mainly to the Self-Publishers. The book really stands out on the seriousness and responsibility with which the authors treat their readers: the Self-Publishers.
I am a fledgling Indie author with a book finished and figuring out next steps. This resource guide is well organized and packed with information and links. Half way through it, I felt overloaded with information and not too sure what to do with it, if anything. I do like that the authors have done the sifting to provide their readers with what is, hopefully, the best of the best. I bought the paperback version of this book along with “A Self Publisher’s Companion” by Joel Friedlander. The Publisher's Companion is more in line with what I need right now. A reference book requires time to prove its worth. Hopefully, “The Self Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide” will be around long enough to do just that.