Book Review: The Complete Guide To Self Publishing by Marily Ross & Sue Collier
I don’t think I’ve ever met a writer who didn’t long to be published. And as successful main stream authors like Joe Konrath are showing, self-publishing can be a win/win for writers and readers. (In his blog Konrath relates how he is earning significantly more from self-publishing his fiction vs his previous income publishing with a major house.) If you have a book in you, you should definitely get a hold of Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier’s The Complete Guide To Self-Publishing. The authors have self-published several books and explain step by step exactly what to do from the earliest planning and pre-writing to selling and distributing a finished, printed book.
The sections on how to get an ISBN number for your book (and why you should buy at least ten of them) and on paging and typesetting your manuscript were particularly helpful. While the authors do mention e-book publishing, particularly in the context of auxiliary income streams I was a bit dis-appointed that there was not a complete guide to publishing an e-book. I also found that the way the information was organized was rather poor. I also found that some of the example stories and lists inserted throughout the text detracted from, rather than enhanced the guide. If you are willing to do the work and make an investment in your manuscript, The Complete Guide To Self-Publishing will get you started down the road to being a successful self-published author. If you find that you like publishing books, much of the advice in this guide would serve you well in becoming a small-press publisher.
The Complete Guide To Self Publishing– Recommended