It's also easy to make serious mistakes in writing, design and marketing that can limit the acceptability and sales of a self-published book.
It's both sad and funny that some of the worst self-published books (and the majority of the books reviewed in this book) are books that try to provide advice to writers.
• Many "experts" give terrible advice and present it poorly.
• Some even ignore their own advice.
• Some self-publishing authors don't know-or choose to ignore-the established rules of publishing.
• Some writers seem to be a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
This book will help you avoid the worst mistakes of others so you can publish a book that you can be justifiably proud of. Maybe you'll enlighten, entertain and inform your readers. Maybe you'll even get good reviews. Maybe you'll even make some money.
Michael N. Marcus is a bestselling author, editor, publishing expert and nitpicker with over 40 years' experience. Michael specializes in making complex subjects understandable, and often humorous, and he has self-published over twenty books.
This book is an anthology of reviews from Michael's Bad Book Week, published at www.BookMakingBlog.blogspot.com, plus new material.
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About the Author
His writing career started when he published a newspaper in elementary school, and since then he has been an editor at Rolling Stone and has written for many other magazines and newspapers. Michael is the author of over twenty books and has provided the words for over one hundred websites and blogs. He specializes in making technology understandable, and often humorous.
At the urging of a misguided guidance counselor, Michael went to Lehigh University to become an electrical engineer and was quickly disappointed to learn that engineering was mostly math—and slide rules were not nearly as much fun as soldering irons. Michael was one of the few literate people in his engineer-filled freshman dormitory and made money by editing term papers for classmates.
Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife Marilyn, Hunter the Golden Retriever, and a lot of stuff—including both indoor and outdoor telephone booths, a "Lily Tomlin" switchboard, lots of books, CDs and DVDs, and many black boxes with flashing lights. Marilyn is very tolerant.