The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory-To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books
Category: Directories; Publishing & Books
Page count: 180
Publisher: Marin Bookworks (December 18, 2014)
Reviewed January 27, 2015
- NOTE: I make it a point not to read what other reviewers write, until after I’ve finished my review, and published it. That being said, I agree with those who would have liked this to be more than lists; however, I read this guidebook for exactly what it is: A listing of resources that, if I took the time to do this myself, would have (and has) taken me hours, if not days. So, it’s simply a guidebook of potential resources for self-publishers to use. There are numerous books and websites availlable that explain Short Runs, POD, Reviews, etc. That’s not this book. So, if you’re looking for explanations of the various aspects of self-publishing, then you need to get a different book. You could take a look at: Self-Publishing! Publish Your Book and Avoid the Pitfalls with Advice from Leading Experts and Experienced Authors published by The Association of Independent Authors.
Whether you’re new to self-publishing/indie publishing, or experienced, there’s something for you in this book. It’s filled with resources conveniently divided into the following sections:
Prepare includes 12 sub-categories such as: content & development editors, indexers, and translators. Don’t think that because you’ve done it all before, there’s nothing in this section for you! You might find the perfect cover designer in this section.
Publish includes 7 sub-categories. You’ll find resources for print-on-demand, short runs, and e-book conversion. There’s even a section for the best books on self-publishing.
Promote includes 14 sub-categories. Are you clueless about blog tours? There are resources to help you figure it all out. Do you need a website? How about a press release? It’s all in this section!
Each section has live links to specific people or companies who’ve been curated and verified by Joel Friedlander and/or Betty Kelly Sargent. 850 total links! That’s incredible. There are several books on the market offering this type of information, but none as diverse and inclusive as this one. This book is a publishing road map. And, in the end, if you still have questions, you can visit The Book Designer website.
The only negative to the Kindle version, is that each time you click to navigate to the TOC, you’re directed to SPURG-2-TA9. Clicking this link returns the reader to the book’s endorsement page instead of directly to the detailed TOC.
I don’t usually review non-fiction books, but I couldn’t pass this one up! Overall, on my scale, this resource book gets a solid 5. The TOC issue is an annoyance, but it doesn’t overshadow the content of this book. The amount of legitimate live links is worth the $7.99 price tag. If I’d had this guidebook the first time I published, I would have saved a lot of time! And, time is money.
My scale, explained:
1 = The story was poorly executed. There were 4 or more fatal errors: Grammar, plot, structure, POV changed within same chapter/paragraph that made the story difficult to follow.
2 = There were 1-3 fatal errors that caused me to stop reading.
3 = The story didn’t hold my interest, but it was well-written.
4 = Good story, well-written, some memorable moments and characters
5 = Loved everything about the story: memorable characters; great plot; couldn’t put it down; lost myself in the story; made me laugh.
NOTE: The publisher provided a free e-book copy in exchange for an honest, straight-forward review.