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  1. The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book (Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Everything)
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  2. The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book (Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Everything)

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Take Control of Your Destiny!

Bottom line: You want to get published. You want to control the future of your manuscript and your writing career.

Best-selling author Marilyn Ross and publishing expert Sue Collier show you how to make your own success - whether you're a published author, entrepreneur, corporation, professional, or absolute newcomer to writing. In this expanded and completely revised 5th edition of the "bible" of self-publishing (over 100,000 copies sold), they empower you to publish your own work with minimal risk and maximum profits.

You'll find:

  • Complete step-by-step guidance on publishing and marketing a book
  • Ways to leverage social media marketing to build your platform and make yourself stand out from the crowd
  • A thorough explanation of the difference between POD self-publishing, subsidy publishing, and true self-publishing - and how to decide which is the best option for you
  • Practical advice on making the decision between offset printing and print-on-demand
  • How to leverage the Internet to create "buzz" and promote your book with killer PR
  • The latest information on e-publishing
  • A detailed marketing plan and timetable to keep you on track
  • Proven marketing strategies to get free publicity, reach nontraditional buyers, and sell books
  • Information-packed appendices with marketing contacts, organizations, and vendors, complete with names, addresses, and websites
  • Valuable case studies and examples of how other publishers excel
  • An in-depth discussion of exclusive distributors, plus coverage of the most recent changes in bookstores and the book-selling industry
  • Thirty-one creative ideas for generating capital to launch your publishing company
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing is the one book you need to take control of your writing career.

Read it. Believe it. Do it.

Your future depends on it.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The subtitle for this book is "Everything you need to know to write, publish, promote and sell your own book," and it truly does cover everything. From getting your ideas, to writing, to taking your author photo, to securing ISBNs, to filing tax forms, to promoting your book- everything is covered here.

I actually gave up on this book 36% in, because it was such heavy going. It's not the kind of book I recommend reading cover-to-cover, it is definitely more of a reference book. I would buy the paperback (because I much prefer hard copy non-fiction to Kindle non-fiction) and keep it on my desk as I wrote, referring to it at each stage throughout the self-publishing process, if I was anything more than a lowly reviewer!

The book is very heavily focused on printing your book, and getting it into bookstores. That may have been fine in 2010, when this fifth edition was released, but I think it's a little out-of-date now. All self-published authors that I know... Read more
There are a lot of books available about self-publishing today. What there is not a lot of are books written by people who have actually done it more than once with good success. Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier write about the whole self-publishing industry from their vast experience.

It is one thing to study and research a topic and then write about it. It is entirely different with this topic. You can't simply study the subject and then write about it. In order to really understand it, as well as give genuine guidance you must self-publish your own books. This is one area where experience and practice outweigh research and study.

What I love about this book is it's breadth of detail in all the areas you need to know about in order to self-publish successfully today. The publishing industry is changing by the day. How do you, a writer, stay up on the changes? Not to mention learn how to discern what areas you can do it yourself. While outsourcing the things you... Read more
This is a no-nonsense, down-to-the-last-detail reference book on self-publishing. I bought a much older edition when I first attempted self-publication 20 years ago. With the valuable advice and information from Tom and Marilyn Ross, I managed to roll out 2 books. I left the scene due to family commitment. Since then, the book has been completely re-written and with so many years of experience on the topic, it's not surprising that Ross and Collier could produce such an indispensable reference for newbies and people like me who are making a comeback.

It's a thick book divided into 6 parts:
1. Today's Publishing Scene
2. Start Up Considerations
3. Creating A Quality Product
4. Killer PR
5. Selling Books
6. Propelling Your Business Through The Stratosphere

I guess most of us can skip Part 6 for now, but the authors are really quite down-to-earth, encouraging without being over-optimistic and what I like most about this book over many... Read more
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