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A Self-Publisher's Companion

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No matter what kind of book you want to publish, the advice, inspiration and down-to-earth tips in this book will help you get to your goal. Joel Friedlander, one of the leading advocates for self-publishing on the internet, draws on a lifetime of experience helping self-publishers launch their books. He demystifies book publishing and, in the process, answers your questio ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Marin Bookworks
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Lillie
I've been a fan of Joel Friedlander for a long time. As a long-time blog reader, I had read most of the articles in this book, which is a compilation of blog posts organized and edited into a cohesive whole. Even so, I found the re-reading worthwhile.

If you're looking for nuts and bolts details on self-publishing, this is not the book for you. You won't find advice on choosing the best font (something Joel is expert at and covers thoroughly on his blog) or on what software to use to layout the i
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Leanne Hunt
Mar 27, 2012 Leanne Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: motivational
Immensely readable and helpful. A great guide to self-publishing, marketing and promotion. It was this book that got me onto Twitter as a first step into social networking.
Peter
Oct 26, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: llbr
Joel Friedlander is a well established authority in the self-publishing world and the force behind The BookDesigner website. His old-school self-publishing efforts, before Print On Demand, led to his becoming a provider of customized self-publishing services—a book producer, to use his term. Much of his new book is culled from blog posts of the past years, with an emphasis on the why of self-publishing more than the how.

A Self-Publisher’s Companion is not a technical guide and leans more in the
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Grady
Jun 28, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
All The Mysteries of Self Publishing Reveled By Joel Friedlander

THANK YOU, JOEL FRIEDLANDER! For anyone who has even contemplated entering into the field of having works published, be they novels, short stories, poetry, essays, critiques, or theses, this very wise and easy to comprehend book is a scoop of salvation. Friedlander goes through the entire process, from questioning ourselves how and why we want to consider this alternative route of publishing, the good points and the bad points, how
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Lillie
Jun 12, 2011 Lillie rated it it was amazing




I've been a fan of Joel Friedlander for a long time. As a long-time blog reader, I had read most of the articles in this book, which is a compilation of blog posts organized and edited into a cohesive whole. Even so, I found the re-reading worthwhile.

If you're looking for nuts and bolts details on self-publishing, this is not the book for you. You won't find advice on choosing the best font (something Joel is expert at and covers thoroughly on his blog) or on what software to use to layout the i
...more
Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
Sep 14, 2011 Gwen - Chew & Digest Books - rated it really liked it
If you have EVER even thought of self publishing you need to read this. There are so many things to consider other than just typing up your masterpiece and throwing it up on Amazon. Joel has made me look at it in a whole new way and really helped frame up what I want from my work.
Judy Croome
Apr 20, 2011 Judy Croome rated it it was amazing
Containing both practical advice and inspiring insights for any author wishing to choose self-publishing as a career choice, this guide is a gem. While an enthusiastic advocate of self-publishing, the author is also realistic about what the requirements and challenges are for the self-published author. Anyone following me on Facebook would know how useful I found this book by the number of times I shared excerpts from it!

With an easy-to-read style and excellent presentation/formatting, this book
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Albert
Sep 11, 2012 Albert rated it really liked it
Overall Feedback: Joel does a great job of giving great tips to authors throughout this book and he also alludes to where you can find help yourself online. He makes this book a great starting point for anyone getting into Self Publishing.

Point of View: This entire book is made of Blog posts that Joel had been utilizing in his blog. Therefore everything comes from him and in his expert voice.

Voice: Joel uses his expertise as a "guiding light" for those that apprehensive about the decision to jum
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Jacqueline Simonds
Jun 07, 2013 Jacqueline Simonds rated it it was amazing
Joel Friedlander's blog TheBookDesigner.com is one of the most well-respected in the self-publishing/small press community. What he says you can take as gospel. He's been there, done that, long before most of us were even aware there WAS such a thing called self-publishing. He's shared his thoughts on various aspects of publishing daily.

From the blog, Joel chose 48 essays that are not so much a how-to, but, as he says, are more of a why-to. And that's important. Because there are tons of great b
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Carole Roman
May 04, 2014 Carole Roman rated it it was amazing
A great book for beginners to use as a guide to self publishing. Joel Friedlander writes an easy book demystifying the many aspects of the publishing world. He explains the different ways there are to publish from vanity presses to print on demand. I have met many indie authors who don't know the many various options and get stuck with the wrong choices forcing their dreams to die a slow and expensive death. He lists the do's and don't's in clear language and then relates the many ways to market ...more
Geraldine Evans
Apr 03, 2014 Geraldine Evans rated it it was amazing
Very helpful as an introduction to self-publishing for newbies, with lots, more advanced and further reading, at the back.

I learned a couple of things I didn't know. But if you're looking for a book that will teach you how to format, this book isn't it. It's a more general, overall guide to the self-publishing industry and what you can expect to get, in the way of rewards, and what you're going to have to do, in the way of labour.

Advice on avoiding publishing sharks. And lots more. Recommended.
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Joel Friedlander is an award-winning book designer and one of the Internet’s leading experts on self-publishing. Joel runs the popular blog at TheBookDesigner.com where he’s helped thousands of authors create books that readers really want to buy. Joel’s articles appear widely in online and print publications. He is also the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion and a sought-after speaker who ins ...more
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