- Series: Self Publishing Manual, 12th ed
- Paperback: 421 pages
- Publisher: Para Pub; 12th Rev edition (April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568600631
- ISBN-13: 978-1568600635
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 430 customer reviews
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The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self Publishing Manual, 12th ed) 12th Rev Edition
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This is a concise little tome that most who are intent on following in Poynter's highly successful footsteps will refer to many times over the months (years, even) that it will take to reach your target market.
This text streamlines the process - cutting many, many hours off your search for a path through the info-glut to find answers to your seemingly endless questions, cutting through the confusion of similar sounding formats, vendors and concepts that turn out to be vastly different in terms of what it will mean to the monetary success of your book/s. (Even if you have only ONE book in you, Poynter encourages you to publish in multiple formats - and not just Kindle and print, by the way - then tells you how to go about it.)
Part 2 adds to (without duplicating) the information in the 13th update of Part 1. My [practically brand new] copy of Part 2 is already "bleeding" with highlighted text - there are several items on each page worth noting particularly, especially if you are new to self-publishing.
If you are *already* a self-publisher, but are not making a great deal of money from your book, THIS book will probably help to remedy that situation - at least, it will if you take the actions he outlines. There's a LOT to it! Writing a book hoping the world will beat a path to your door is unlikely to happen, he asserts, without a great deal of time and attention - no matter how good the book.
Throughout, however, he reminds readers to concentrate on what they do best and what they enjoy doing (radio and TV for the outgoing, print for those who'd rather write than speak, for example).
He cites sources, explains each step (including to-do checklists in a sort-of timeline toward the book's end) - even suggests typefaces, page margins and software. He also points readers to services that can do a great bit of it FOR you, if you prefer, as well as pointing out some places where it won't be to your advantage TO do it yourself. (For example, don't sell your eBook from your website, because "tech support" will eat your life -- who knew?) He also gives a pointer or two about when it might make sense to sell out to a publishing company.
A few reviewers have objected to the many links in the book - but, for me, that is one of its strengths. Why pad the book when the info is already available online? (free, btw) Better for the environment, and better for book pricing to do it this way - PLUS this section covers internet marketing, social networking (etc.), so it simply makes sense to use the medium for part of the message. (He covers how to use Amazon to your best advantage, too, btw)
He does refer to Part 1 quite a bit, which some readers may not care for, but again, using similar logic to above - why repeat content? (have a copy of part 1 handy as you read, however)
I have been following Poynter's email lists for many years, and I promise you he does not need to gouge readers for money by forcing the purchase of one more book -- and I doubt he would be interested in doing so. He has always been extremely generous with information he had to find out the hard (and expensive) way. He is doing no more (and no less) than what he advises his readers to do (which he reminds us at several points in the book.)
I can't speak for everyone, but I, for one would not want to be WITHOUT this book (and the most recent version of the one before it).
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
- ADD Coaching Field co-founder -
(blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld - dot com!)
"It takes a village to transform a world!"
My one small quibble is that some of the links he cites are no longer valid. I can't blame Dan Poynter for that; he died several years ago.
Finding critical and extremely important information that was not even within my personal knowledge has been very helpful. Besides learning from this book, it helped me to employ very savvy publishing suggestions that improved my manuscript before I submitted it into the publisher's hands. It headed off my having to kick myself because of not knowing enough about my existing blind spots which we all have. There is nothing as good as learning from the authoritative experience of a pro like Dan Poynter.
It is said we can not live life over again. But letting Dan pour his experience into our want-to-be life of an author is in my mind better than living life over. I started with his books loaned from the public library. I tried to hand copy umpteem notes from his book. I said, "This is nuts! There is too much important information to capture by hand. I have to buy my own copy from Amazon and highlight it as my personal working reference book." And that is what I did.
Donn G. Ziebell, Ph.D., author of: My Letters to a Prisoner - I had not met, which manuscript is now in the hands of Amazon's publishing subsidiary CreateSpace. You should be able to find my non-fiction book on Amazon sometime in November 2012