Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

by Dan Poynter
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As the author of two self-published personal finance books, I attended a seminar in 1995 given by Dan Poynter in Orlando, Florida, on how to publish your book. We followed his advice and used The self-Publishing Manual as a step-by-step guide. It worked well and we're coming out with a 3rd book this summer, MONEY Rx for Physicians, and are using the 12th edition of this manual to launch this book. I believe Poynter's book is the best book on how to self-publish. It's definitely worth $19.95 not to make some of the costly mistakes outlined in this book.
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Dan Poynter's 'Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book' guides you through the entire self-publishing process -- from start to finish. Not only does Poynter tell you how to self-publish your book, but he reveals the marketing process as well. In addition to Poynter's informative text, he also provides samples. Some of Poynter's samples include: a review request, press release, invoice, returns policy statement, request for quotations and other samples. The 'Self-Publishing Manual' includes an organized glossary and index to help you understand what terms mean, and to aid you in finding what you're looking for. Before receiving this book, I was considering self-publishing the second edition of my writer's reference book, and I was scouring the Internet for all the self-publishing information I could find, but now that I have Poynter's self-publishing manual I have everything I need right in front of me, and I've learned a whole lot more about the process of self-publishing, such as why I should self-publish, the costs involved, how many books I'll need to print, where to find bar code suppliers, how to analyze my market and so much more. 'Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book' is a valuable guide for any writer looking to self-publish his or her own book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book became one of my preferred guides in my self-publishing career. Buy this manual, and be thoroughly informed from the beginning to the end of the self-publishing process. A must-read for first-time authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't jump into self-publishing without this manual! If you have ever felt that self-publishing is similar to jumping out of a plane without a parachute, have no fear! 'The Self-Publishing Manual' is your parachute! On your way to 'landing' your first published book, you will learn everything you need to know. 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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains what you should and shouldn't do. What I like best is that the author explains what he did wrong and how you can prevent doing it yourself. He pulls no punches and tells the truth. There are so many details you won't believe they all fit into one book. Being in the business myself, I know this book will help you in so many ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about Dan Poynter in 1996 when a speaker/author client of mine told me about him. I read The Self-Publishing Manual then and began recommending it to my clients. As a marketing consultant it is important to have a team of experts to recommend. Dan's latest edition has the necessary information for self publishing non fiction and now includes electronic book publishing, promotion information and appropriate url's. This edition is current, up to date and very useful. He is the guru of self publishing, in my opinion. Smarketing Consulting *Infinite Possibilities
Guest More than 1 year ago
As traditional publishers get larger and even less friendly toward unknown writers, The Self-Publishing Manual is the finest guide for not only publishing your book but selling it as well. Dan Poynter takes you through every step of the process, from writing a good book that people will buy, through design and printing, to marketing and distribution. The well known 'bible' of book information is now even better. Now available in its twelfth edition, over 30% of the book was changed.

The Self-Publishing Manual really hits its stride as it details a time-tested system for following through after the book is done¿to let potential readers know the book exists. Dan tells you exactly how to set up your business, what materials and tools you will need and where to find them. His straight-forward style pulls no punches about how much work it takes, but Dan also makes you believe you really can do it!

Of the myriad of books now available about self-publishing, The Self-Publishing Manual has, by far, the best combination of practical advise and comprehensive coverage of the industry. No other author has kept their finger on the pulse of the whole publishing industry¿from production to promotion¿like Dan Pointer.

Dan has successfully predicted trends for many years. Now he is among the first to tout the 'New Book Publishing Model' which uses electronic production and promotion to write, produce, sell and promote books faster, easier and cheaper. The new edition includes a fully updated and expanded chapter on electronic book publishing and promotion. Writers will discover how to build a book rather than just write it. Dan also tell you how to sell your book in download, CD and ebook versions. Dan shows you how to promote your books with email, book reviews, autographings, feature articles and radio/TV interviews.

This is one book you will read many times, as you return to it again and again for practical instruction and sage advice.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Six years ago I decided to self publish my book on how to beat speeding tickets titled, 'Beat The Cops, The Guide To Fighting Your Traffic Ticket And Winning,' and a friend recommended 'The Self Publishing Manual.' I bought it, read it, highlighted it, underlined it, dog-eared its pages, followed it's directions and pretty soon it looked more used than my phone book. Since then I have sold well over 100,000 copies of my book and my sales continue to increase. If you have any intention of self publishing, you must read this book. The latest edition encompasses a lot of new information as far as electronic publishing and the internet. Dan has always accurately predicted trends in publishing and you would be well advised to pay close attention to his latest recommendations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Required Reading for A Self- Publisher Reviewer: Robert Adjemian from Hollywood CA I've been in the publishing business for over 20 years. There was no 'Self-Publishing Manual' when I started. It took me years to learn what you can learn today with one reading in Dan's book. If you have written a book and want to publish it, and you believe in your book - and you should - read Dan's book. At the Bookseller Convention, I have met many publishers who achieved great success because they were willing to take the time, read Dan Poynter's book, and follow his directions. Dan Poynter was awarded 'Publisher of the Year' by Publishers Marketing Association. He is widely regarded in the business as an authority on publishing your own book.