One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing: Straight Talk for Fiction & Nonfiction Writers About Producing & Marketing Your Own Books

One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing: Straight Talk for Fiction & Nonfiction Writers About Producing & Marketing Your Own Books

by Dave Bricker

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Straight talk for fiction & nonfiction writers about producing & marketing your own books. Should I find a publisher, use a vanity press or self-publish? How can I get my book distributed through major booksellers? What about eBooks? Copyright? ISBN Numbers? Help! How much can I really do myself? What’s it going to cost me? It’s never been easier to publish and market your own books, but success depends on good writing, quality production, hard work and making informed choices. The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing offers a solid overview of what it takes to produce, distribute and promote your book in printed and e-book formats. This Book assumes you have a small budget, limited time and would rather be a writer than a full-time book publicist. If you’re thinking about publishing your own book, The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing should be your very first stop. Designed to be read in about an hour, this book provides practical information about each step of the publishing process based on my own experiences writing, producing, designing, distributing and promoting my own books. Whenever possible, I encourage you to do things yourself to save money, but there are times when it's wise to invest money to achieve the excellence your long hours of writing deserve. Self-publishing is more economical than it ever has been, but it isn't free. Understanding the expenses and challenges of a venture before they become a roadblock allows you to proceed with realistic expectations when you're ready to undertake your journey. As promised on the cover, it's "straight talk for fiction and nonfiction writers." The first section of The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing focuses on producing your book. The second section is about promoting it afterward. The book is organized into short chapters that summarize each facet of the publishing process. If you prefer to spend more time writing and less time researching fine details of the publishing business, this book provides the concise insights, warnings, shortcuts, explanations and inspiration needed to help you make your book available directly and through major booksellers, and in both printed and eBook form. You'll have a good idea of what's involved and where to go from here. What this book is not is a comprehensive guide to page layout, production techniques, public relations or building an online marketing platform. Think of it as a "what-to-do" guide rather than a "how-to-do-it" guide. Especially when it comes to marketing and promotion, there are infinite directions to be explored, but The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing assumes you are more interested in writing than in becoming a full-time marketer, that your time is limited, and that you are publishing with a limited budget. You'll find your hands full with plenty to learn right here, and will be well-served to try the techniques offered within these pages before investing further time and resources in additional marketing strategies. The Universe of publishing is vast and expanding. A comprehensive listing would double the size of this book and require monthly updates. Though the resources described here will meet your needs, be sure to research all your options before deciding on vendors and directions. Any costs or prices mentioned are in United States dollars, and you should calculate currency exchanges accordingly. However, with the publishing industry evolving constantly, you should treat them as guidelines and research current costs and options. A list of links to the resources listed in the text is also included. Whether you're a novelist, a poet or a business-writer, The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing was written for you.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011831645
Publisher: Essential Absurdities Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
File size: 180 KB

About the Author

Born in October, 1964, Dave Bricker is professor of graphic design at an Arts University in Miami, Florida where he lives with his wife and daughter. In his design studio founded in 1995, he produces rich, experiential websites that are "a little different," and provides marketing consultation to clients with vision, integrity and excellent offerings. An avid guitar player with a minor in jazz guitar, he has worked with some of the World's premier instrument makers, and through these associations, has had the unique opportunity to develop instruments that combine his loves of design and music. A fan of adventure and travel, he began living aboard cruising sailboats at the age of 18, spent several years solo cruising in the Bahamas during the late 1980s, and crossed the Atlantic on a wooden yawl in 1991. During these voyages, he encountered some of the unusual people, places and circumstances that color his stories. An inveterate do-it-yourselfer, Bricker writes, produces and designs his own books and publishes them through his private Essential Absurdities Press. Current projects include "Waves," a continuation of the story of the protagonist from his first novel, "The Dance," who sails from Florida to the Caribbean on a cruising trimaran, "The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing" - a nonfiction offering, an as-yet-untitled memoir of his own sailing experiences and an electronic book conceived to painlessly teach left-brain programming skills to right-brained artists.

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