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The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living Paperback – August 1, 2006
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“As an industry insider, this book is a refreshing alternative to most of what’s out there on the subject." --Ron Pramschufer, 35-year publishing industry veteran
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Also, it is useful for any writer who wants to know how to create a book that "turns heads and grabs eyeballs." For those blessed people who have found the ideal publishers, this manual serves as a guide to understand what is happening and what individual authors need to do.
Looking through The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, I can see that the process of becoming a successful self-publisher is not a way to get rich without a huge amount of work, determination, and thick skin. It is good to have someone like Peter Bowerman blazing the trail. He is an encourager. His book is one you will want to carry around with you and read in your spare moments.
He covers the basics, but he does not stop with the basics. He moves on to aspects of publishing that relate to the electronic age, such as publishing on demand, websites, and ezines. This book is a necessary tool.
I am using The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living to promote The Collard Patch and Flavored with Love: Mary Lou's Family and Friends Can Cook. His techniques and suggestions will be most helpful.
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Fast forward 20 years and the both the technology and market situation have evolved. With a little more financial freedom, I decided to pursue my passion again. To get myself up to speed, I bought this book first, then the new edition of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book.
Peter Bowerman's writing is clear, concise, and to the point. He also gets naughty at times, which gives this book its lighter moments. Starting off, he tries to convince us of the benefits of self publishing. I believe that the majority of us who decided to buy this book are more or less sold on the idea of self-publishing, so I find Chapter one a bit redundant.
The hardest part (something which I found out 20 years ago) is selling the book. Bowerman gives us some pretty useful tips, but the majority of us who are not into sales will find them easier said than done. The author has given us plenty of programs and leads to follow, but few of them are useful for publishers outside the US. I totally agree with him that bookstores are terrible places to sell books, but the other alternatives he mentioned, like road shows, talks shows, multi-author events are not easy to manage and may cost you time and maybe even more money than they're worth. Having said that, it's good that the author throws up these ideas and lets the reader adapt them to his own style, genre and topic. One idea I don't quite like is using Bookmasters.
I won't deny that there are some valuable tips and insights here, but I had wanted a bit more technical information on book design, printing and housekeeping. This book is a bit short in that department. Knowing the nuts and bolts is so important because it can make a very big difference in your costs. You must know how to communicate with your printer.
The focus of the book is also primarily on non-fiction. At least The Wealthy Author: The Fast Profit Method For Writing, Publishing & Selling Your Non-Fiction Book tells us beforehand that his book is about marketing non-fiction titles. I'm not sure how many self-publishers can actually be well-fed after following Bowerman's advice, but the reality of the current market situation (especially in Asia) is a lot tougher than what he makes it out to be.
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He emphasizes technology has comtinues to emerge making the leap to self-publishing more cost-effective. His section on print on demand (POD) is worth analysis. He advocates POD only for those with limited resources. However, marketing and self-promotion needs to be a major thrust. He would caution the reader that the promises of socalled promoters are not fulfilled.
He makes marketing easier to contemplate using his methodology. But it is aconstant part of the job in self-publishing in orde to sell your book. One needs to heed his advise on contacting as many sourcees in the promotion process.
Bowerman advocates that one can make a full-time living using the techniques he discloses about self-publishing. He assures us if we make the strong efffort, it will bear a fruitful return.
His long list of self-publishing famous writers like: Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Earnest Hemingway and many others have paved the way.