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on June 3, 2012
Wow! Where to begin. This is a must read for anyone considering writing. From the tips on marketing via social network to editing the document itself, there is so much information that is a must. Any writer, even if they are hoping for traditional publishing, must read this book.

I have several FaceBook friends who are both published and want-to-be writers some who have been using their personal page to talk about there books. In the first chapters Carolyn Schriber talks about the pitfalls of using your personal pages and the benefits of setting up a FaceBook fan page. Thanks to her I have not only build my fan page but also gotten my own website, both to help promote my still unfinished book.

I had always thought that all I need to do is write my book and hope for the best in finding a agent to help me publish. As I read Carolyn's writings, I have come to understand the importance of starting now to market my book. I am still not sure if I will self publish or not, but either way thanks to this book I am more,aware of what I need to do and am now armed to make my work better overall.

I am Not an English major, in fact I hated English in High School. Later chapters cover editing your book and includes important tips that will be important to me as I take the fist steps of preparing my book to be edited. Little things like when to use similar sounding and often misused words, how to use a colon, and much more. I know that with my lack of grammar skills there is now way I could or should edit my own work, but there is much I can do to get my book ready before I send it to an editor and even more important what I need to look for when selecting an editor.
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on February 26, 2012
I'm not a fan of "how to" books. That's not to say I don't buy them and read them, but there are very few in my library that were really worth the price. So I looked at this title and thought, "Another tome on self-publishing? What more is there to say? I've been working this row going on ten years now. It's about carrying through on things I already know, not about learning something new."

As it turns out, The Second Mouse had a lot to teach this old rat. It's terrific for newbies too, but don't think that because you've been around the hamster wheel a few times, you know all the bases. As they have been saying for at least a half a century now, "The times, they are a changing." It's a new game and a new field.

First, Ms. Schriber goes into the evaporating snobbery about self-publishing. Blanket statements about book delivery options are more and more founded in ignorance of the emerging markets. The industry is moving so quickly that a clever independent author who knows what she is doing can keep up much faster than one contractually committed to hard-to-turn titanic organizations.

Ms. Schriber sets out to share her experience in creating a quality book in a reasonable timeframe and effectively marketing it on the internet as well as in traditional markets. She covers many helpful topics in a very few pages -- from grammar to business bank accounts.

The subject that I found most helpful was about a tool I had long considered unavailable -- an authoring package for MAC computers called "Scrivener." As I am I PC person, dealing with PC people, I just pushed my nose against the glass for a brief moment and then went back to my whirling wheel.

There's a saying that I hate. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It was the bane of my life as an engineer. The fact is, experience can work against you. If you try something and it doesn't work or isn't available, you tend to accept existing tools as your lot in life. However, after reading The Second Mouse and Ms. Schriber's glowing comments about Scrivener, I rethought my tool kit and checked out my options. There are lots of new authoring tools for PC in the last couple of years. I browsed through them for five hours last night. None excited me and then, on a whim, I checked out Scrivener and discovered to my delight that there is now a PC version. Hallelujah!

I know this may seem like a strange review for The Second Mouse, but there is truly something for everyone in this clever little book. If you plan on buying just one -- this is it.

Joyce Faulkner, President of Military Writers Society of America and author of In the Shadow of Suribachi, USERNAME, Chance ... and other horrors
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on June 18, 2014
Carolyn Schriber's The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese is a marvelous guide to self-publishing as well as a helpful primer on the art and craft of writing. I have recently self-published my own book - The Modern Woman's Guide to an Old Fashioned Christmas: How to make it stress-free! - using Schriber's many guidelines and hints, and I found the process completely painless. Schriber's tone is humorous and her pace is lively, and I recommend her book heartily to anyone who is thinking of jumping into the world of the indie publisher. The Second Mouse gets an A+!
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on June 30, 2013
She reviewed ebook publisher Smashmouth, very hard to use, and completely ignored BookBaby, the easiest to use, plus real people answer the phone. A big oversight in my opinion.
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on June 25, 2013
Carolyn Schriber, in a warmly conversational but still no-nonsense tone, provides practical advice and important warnings to anyone entering the area of self-publication. I am very glad I ordered this.
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on February 8, 2012
What I most appreciate about this book is the invaluable information it provides about how to dig your book out of the bowels of Amazon's bottom tiers to the light of day where it might get attention. Pricing and description of your book is critical, and Carolyn provides the steps to doing it right. Thank you, Carolyn!
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on March 1, 2012
Some of Carolyn's information I already knew, other was new to me, but all of it was enjoyable and well worth my time. I was intrigued by the discussion about writing historical fiction; as I suspected, that authenticity takes a great deal of time and effort to do well. Thank you for making this available.
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