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A Simple Guide to Self-Publishing, Revised 3rd Edition Paperback – October 1, 2003
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Ortman supplies a good overview of the stages involved in publishing one's own nonfiction (and "to a slightly lesser degree, poetry and fiction"). Nor is he shy about citing other books that cover his topics in greater detail. Assuming you know little about the process, he discusses getting started, developing promotional materials and securing reviews, distribution, and continued marketing. Far from the whole story, but a good start, particularly for someone whose interests are just beginning to quicken. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A great answer to the seemingly endless complexities of getting your book out. A MUST READ before you take the leap!" -- Writer's Information Network
"For anyone who hankers to be in print, this book deserves a place on the shelf between Writer's Market and your favorite dictionary." -- Library Focus
This book functions like an expanded action list. Keep it close at hand to remind your of the things that really need to be done. Highly recommended!" -- Small Press Exchange
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In my view, this is the real value in the book -- outlining all avenues and describing all aspects of self-publishing in a concise manner, allowing the prospective self-publisher to charter his or her own course. It's definitely full of information that one would like to know up front, wanting to avoid the many pitfalls that lie along the way of book publishing. It's worth the money, I highly recommend it.
Three main questions underlie the process:
Why do you want to publish your book?
Who is your audience?
What makes your book different or unique?
Chapters cover such topics as:
Learning about the industry and preparing the manuscript
Announcing your book
Creating a demand, touring, marketing--by far the longest chapter
This book has lots of great suggestions, but he doesn't go into any very deeply. At only 62 pages, this is useful as a handbook. It is geared toward writers who needs an overview of the process, particularly those wanting more traditional paper publishing for their books.
Brevity is the chief positive attribute of this book, and it is also a weakness. You might want more about each of the subjects that Ortman raises. Another problem with the book is that much of the information involving technology is outdated, although most of the rest of the book is up-to-date.
Not everyone will want to read this book. But the beginning writer can certainly benefit from it.