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The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book Into a Full-Time Living

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Novice or Seasoned...New to the publishing game? The Well Fed Self-Publisher takes you step-by-step through every stage of your publishing success story. Been around the block a few times? You'll walk away with a whole host of new tools and insights. Far from theoretical, The Well-Fed Self-Publisher is One Big Case Study: the author's own "real-world" success chronicle!
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Published August 1st 2006 by Fanove Publishing
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People self publish for many reasons. Many want to keep strict control over their intellectual property. Others just think it is ridiculous to receive royalties of a buck or so while the publisher takes in the majority of the profits. For Peter Bowerman control of his writing is important but making money is his main motive for self publishing.

In The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, the author shares his secrets to success, success meaning selling large quantities of books. Much of this material is the
Brianna Soloski
This book had a few good tips, but mostly it was full of ways to spend hundreds of dollars to become a successful book publisher. Self-publishing has come a long way since this book was written (2007) and people can (and do) self-publish without spending a time. I've published five books without spending a cent. My sales aren't so hot and I thought I might get some tips for marketing out of this book, but that wasn't the case, other than suggestions of paying to be in Publisher's Weekly or simil ...more
This is only for someone who really is ready to self-publish a book, but it is chock full of detailed, practical information and resources about how to do it. It's not easy, the but the author is a good cheerleader for all the reasons that the process is so much more satisfying (and lucrative, if you have a good book) that finding a publisher or going the vanity press route. The author has "been there, done that," and is willing to share his mistakes and what he did right.
Cynthia Haggard
At the moment, my bookshelf is stocked with how-to books on self-publishing. No surprise there, as I’m planning to self-publish myself this fall. Peter Bowerman’s THE WELL-FED PUBLISHER is worth reading with one caveat. Do NOT let yourself get carried away by the hype in the Introduction, which has subheadings with titles like $118 in Two Months - for Starters. If you didn’t know this by now, then let me tell you now: Most people do NOT make money writing. They have to support themselves by havi ...more
Wes Locher
"The Well-Fed Self-Publisher" has officially earned a top spot on my reference shelf. It will find itself sought after and cracked open many more times as I continue to write my next book. This title, along with the Writer's Market "Guide to Getting Published" will be the perfect the best maps to consult regardless of which publishing venue I choose to explore.

Author Peter Bowerman, known to most as the Well-Fed Writer offers up his experience in self-publishing. This doesn't mean that this book
Peter Bowerman has created an excellent guide to self-publishing that is packed with references and relevant links. Not only does he step you through the process of publishing, he provides the in's and out's of different options and provides some exercises for doing a reality check on your book idea.

This book is geared toward self-publishing non-fiction books, but I have gotten a lot of ideas that are applicable to fiction.

Bowerman also delves into the business of sales and marketing, which is e
Jeremy Kinney
This is a great book on self publishing. Peter Bowerman tells you exactly how he successfully published his book and even gives contact information for the very people involved in the process. It is written in a simple fashion and makes the subject easy for others to understand. He writes in such a way as if you had a friend who is an insider in the industry showing you the ropes.

At the end of the book he has an action plan laid out with clear steps in a timeline format. This makes it really ea
Beata Bowen
Maybe not the ONLY book on starting your own publishing empire, but pretty darn close. Bowerman is extremely generous in sharing his knowledge and experience. The book is, however, devoted primarily to marketing. The word makes me cringe, but I hear it's the necessary evil of the publishing world... Not enough logistics about actually running the business. According to Boweman, you should concentrate on selling and farm out the rest (graphics, accounting, etc. etc.). But personally, I would rath ...more
I'll go four stars on this one. Simply put, the information on marketing and selling your book is fantastic. However, this book was written before a very important industry shift: The Kindle. As such, some of the book is outdated when it comes to the digital world of books. (At one point the author even asks if anybody out there really wants to read a book on a screen!) That, and a few other places where the author's lack of tech savvy make him ill-advised to speak on certain matters (how to set ...more
Bruce Stewart
A must read for any author in the process of writing a book. Very informative and therefore uniquely inspirational to a writer studying the process of publication.
Apr 23, 2008 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: authors whether self-publishing or not.
Recommended to Pat by: I don't know. Someone said "The Well-Fed..." and that was it. Ma
Even if an author has a publisher, the sad fact of life is that the author must have an active hand in publicizing his or her own book if the world is to find it. The quote, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will come" apparently only applies to mousetraps. The world will only come to your book if they know about it.

For his first book Peter Bowerman did most of his publicity online and his suggestions are from first-hand experience. Now that he is known, he has a distributor and gets invit
Weldon Burge
Bowerman provides a fairly comprehensive battle plan for the self-publisher, and doesn't hold back on the caveats. It is clear that the successful self-publisher must be a strong writer, a shrewd businessman/woman, and an expert marketing force, and Bowerman is all three--heed his advice! What I learned when reading this book is that I'm nowhere near prepared to be a self-publisher, and that I still have much to learn before stepping into the water. But this book is certainly a foundation for an ...more
Elizabeth Scala
LOVED this book. I keep it right on my desk to refer to over and over again as I continue to write and self-publish my own work. Peter doesn't hold anything back. In fact, at times, I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information. That being said, I encourage readers to use what resonates and keep the rest for when the timing is right. I implemented a LOT of what is in this book- yet some of it I am not quite 'ready' for and have bookmarked to go back to. A really wonderful read!
Jacqui Allen
A huge amount of information in this book but it was slightly out of date (2007) so it didn't include any info on Amazon Kindle publishing or other technology/software available currently. Would be worthwhile checking out if there is a more recent edition with those updates. That aside, the book is a great resource and is crammed full of information to turn your book into into a flourishing business.
Linda Leon
Peter Bowerman leaves nothing to the imagination with this book. It is a concise, clear cut path to producing a book, that you can turn into a profitable book business. He outlines everything from the edited manuscript to publication. The appendix is filled with very helpful additional information. An author serious about growing a book business cannot go wrong purchasing this book.
As a "how to" book it is best thought of as a reference work. I finished my first read through and am leaving it close at hand. I've implemented a few of the suggestions - so far nothing particularly dramatic has happened, but it has been interesting in that it explains how the publishing business works behind the scenes.
This is the book for anyone even remotely interested in self-publishing. The author starts from the beginning in what can be a very daunting process and breaks each bit into manageable pieces. He gives great advice, case stories and tons of VERY valuable resource and contact information. I highly recommend this book!
David Katzman
This book is not nearly as thorough or as useful as The Self-Publishing Manual . It provides a few additional tips but nothing worth the price of admission. ...more
Tandava Brahmachari
Very good book. Only improvement I might have liked would have been if Bowerman himself actually had social media experience and covered it the way he did all his other topics. But on the other hand, it was nice of him to at least get someone else to write a quick appendix for him.
I'll admit it - the full title of this book captured my attention.


DONE! Meh... wasn't all that great... I had higher hopes for this book... ah well....
Kimberly Vargas
This book is like a self publishing topographical map. Very grateful for the author's insights into this newly charted and evolving territory.
Anthony Clair
Boweman gives a mix of tactics and inspiration that can give anyone the motivation and direction needed to tackle indie publishing.
Christina Wilder
Lots of great advice, but tends to favor nonfiction self-published books in many chapters. Still definitely worth the read.
Nadia Giordana
This is a good one I will re-read each time I put out a new book. Lots of good info here.
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