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The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book) Paperback – May, 2003
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The bible on self-publishing. Highly recommended by virtually everyone in the industry -- even other authors of books on the subject (many of whom probably followed the advice in Poynter's previous 11 editions). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Now in it's 9th revised edition, Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual is the seminal, benchmark publication which is "must" reading for anyone contemplating publishing a book. All the necessary questions are answered, all the "tips, tricks & techniques" for successfully publishing a quality title are laid out step-by-step using a very methodical system for producing a commercially-successful book beginning with applying the simple organizational plan to research your subject and put your thoughts down on paper. The publishing information will enable you to get your book into print quickly and easily by going direct and cutting out the middlemen, including getting the copyright for your own book, setting up your own publishing company, and benefiting from the tax breaks. Equally important is learning the secrets of low-cost book promotion, the (sometimes shocking) facts about advertising, setting up a distribution system, promoting your book with feature articles and radio/television interviews, spinning off electronic editions (including selling your information on-line and on CD-ROM). No one should venture into publishing without a thorough reading of The Self-Publishing Manual, and even then, keeping it within arm's reach for continual reference at every step of the publishing project. -- Midwest Book Review
One of the best how-to-do-it books. -- Money Magazine
This is the first book I recommend to those considering becoming a publisher. -- Jan Nathan, Executive Director Publishers Marketing Association --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think of Dan Poynter as the ultimate "how-to self-publish" expert! He will teach you all the tricks of the publishing trade. As an author of more than 80 books, he also has a proven track record of success. He will convince you that you too can succeed.
The strength of this encyclopedic reference is the author's experience in publishing. Dan Poynter is also on the leading edge of technology. He welcomes the new era of book publishing and prepares writers by giving a "New Book Publishing Model."
If you are looking for a complete reference on writing, printing, publishing, promoting, marketing and distributing your new book, look no further. Whether you just have the concept for your new book or have already advanced to the promotion stage, the information you will need to make your efforts more successful is here!
The "Your Book's Calendar" section is like a true gift for the busy author. This section is vital to keeping your goals and progress in check. It will allow you to digest volumes of information in small sections. You can start with what you have started to accomplish, check the suggested readings and then check off your goals as you reach them.
I especially enjoyed reading the section on professional reviewers. The glossary of publishing terms was so revealing. The "resources for publishers" section was detailed and informative.
This source book also has a companion web site. You can find information kits, great book promotion mailing lists, links to useful Web sites and hundreds of downloadable documents.
If you are still searching for an agent, sending out manuscripts to publishers, or writing those endless query letters, it may be time to take off that seat belt which is trapping you in that airplane seat! Then, read this book and jump! There are people who want your book. There are people who need your book. Believe it! Then, free fall to success!
~The Rebecca Review
The templates and forms Dan includes are useful, for everything from permissions requests to requests for print bids to discount schedules. Even if all you use are the lists of publishing web sites, printers, distributors, reviewers, etc., you will more than get your money's worth from this book.
Dan's information helped me produce a quality book on a tight timeframe. Not only did I get the book done quickly, it was profitable within one month after release.
I teach a course on publishing, and 'The Self-Publishing Manual' is the text I use. If you want to learn about publishing, this is the place to start.
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!"
but it is power packed with a lot of good media contacts and ways to work
the system as well as publicize your book. It admittedly is a carryover
from some of his previous work but provides a marvelous number of in depth
useful sites to check out.
What I can say is that I have been reading a lot of how to books on self
publishing and self-promotion and each one is unique and has their own
take on the field. I recommend that you buy as many as you can afford
if you are serious about self publishing and self promoting. The market
is changing and knowledge is power.
author of a soon to be published book on Amazon Kindle entitled:
Sex Education For Adults, Secrets To Amazing Sex and Happily Ever After Too
publication date January 10,2013