Books on Independent and Self-Publishing
listed in alphabetical order by author's last name
the Secrets of Publishing by Sylvia Hemmerly
Publishing Basics: A Guide for the Small Press and Independent Self-Publisher by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. with Ron Pramschufer
Covered in this book are:
If you purchase this book, I recommend that you also get at least one other book on publishing before launching. This is an extremely competitive business, and there isn't much room to make mistakes and still avoid losing your shirt. Knowledge is your wallet's best defense.
The publisher sends this book out for free (as of our last visit), from their own site. Because of this, I strongly recommend that you click on the link before, and get it. You won't regret the time spent.
Visit the publishers' web-site.
Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss
The books in this series (companion volumes include Find An Agent in 30 Days, and Bestseller in 30 Days) are quickly becoming standard references because so many people agree with me. Each organizes the necessary tasks into 30 approachable bundles, with clear, concise instructions and explanations. There are no important details missed, and nothing extraneous to distract you. Ms. Reiss is not only knowledgeable, but also an inspirational writer and speaker, and is a strong supporter of the small publishing community in both its Internet and real-world manifestations.
This book is a must-have for the reference library of the beginning publisher.
What You Need to Know to Be a Pro by Terena Scott
The most common problem I see in my consulting practice is the publisher who either is utterly unaware of many of the complexities of our industry or who is so overly aware of them that they're frozen in fear. Both will benefit no end from a book like this.
Ms. Scott has also brought in more experienced folks to point the way forward in each subject area. Each gives a quick paragrah or three of advice, chosen from a deep well.
In all, this book will help many micro presses survive long enough to take the next step, and what more can you ask?
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