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The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books. Produced by a team with long experience in both traditional and independent publishing, the over 850 resources are listed in an easy-to-use format that includes live links, phone numbers, email addre ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 18th 2014 by Marin Bookworks
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Sally Ember
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
15 reasons I could only give a 2-Star #Review for The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide, 2015

I received an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide and promised to write and post an honest review here on my own blog and on at lesat one other ebook site (see links, below) in exchange.

According to the co-editors, this Guide “is the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books. Prod
Venky Iyer
I write this review on an ARC of The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide that I did not pay for.

For a couple of years now, I have been scrambling, looking for that magic mix that will help me elevate my books way above the background clutter. I have bookmarked, Evernoted and copied and pasted thousands of how-to pages, pages on tools and resources and pages on editors, proofreaders, designers, agents, publishers and all those other people that are part of that magic mix.

The Self-Publisher's
Kimber Wheaton
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I had very high hopes for The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide. I've been following Mr. Friedlander's blog for a long time and have received some great publishing advice there. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but this book was not what I was expecting. Be sure to read the blurb--that's what you get--a list of resources.

First of all, it is a great resource guide. The book is a series of lists, containing links to
S.L. Saboviec
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-craft, 2015
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a useful book for self-publishers but could do with some additional features.

Creating a compendium of all possible resources and all suppliers of those resources would be impossible, but this is a good start. The problem with self-publishing is figuring out who to hire. When starting a small business, usually you go local and have a handful of well-known or personally recommended suppliers to choose from. But the
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been a subscriber to Joel Fridlander's website and newsletter for quite some time. He often has good tips for self-publishing and book marketing. So, when I receive the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance.

I really like how the book was set up with the three categories and sub-categories. It makes it easy to skip to what you want information on. This book is said to be the "largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors." Well I do believe
Sherry Torgent
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must have for indie authors…

If you're writing a book or have already written one, no doubt you have spent countless hours digging through the mass amounts of information on the Internet looking for help. I know I have. Now, with this resource guide, you have instant access to just about anything a self-publisher needs. Tired of hunting for the perfect proofreader or copyeditor? The book lists thirty-five – some international. Need a cool writing software to enhance your writing? Choose from f
Veronica Robbins
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains an annotated list of resources for self publishers. It's a very useful tool! I used to help me select a couple of book tour coordinators. I also checked out many of the resources online. This book is a great reference for any self publisher.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-marketing, 2015
Publishing industry experts Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly have undertaken a monumental task with The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Book. They claim it’s:

“the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books”

It’s a great idea, and I suppose it’s well executed for a first edition (the plan is to update the paper version annually, and the electronic version two to four times per year), which is good because I noticed
Meg Cowley
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers, self publishers, indie authors
Recommended to Meg by: Joel Friedlander
Shelves: writing
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

I really like the concept of this book - I think it's a fantastic idea to place all the resources you may need as a beginning self publishing/independent author in one place. Starting out is so confusing and overwhelming - this is a great point to begin. I wish something like this had been around when I began!

Even if you don't want to use every single professional service categorised in the book, it still gives you a great l
Amanda Moon
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
his book is exactly what it says it is: a list of everything you should need to get your book polished, published and promoted. It’s broken in three sections: Prepare, Publish and Promote. In the Prepare section you’ll find listings for the people that will help you polish your work, like editors and designers, in addition to resources to make you a better writer, like professional associations and books to read. Publishing covers exactly what you would think it would: printers and distributers. ...more
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Review:
The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author's Essential Directory-To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books
By Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent

This Resource guide is supposed to be a self publisher’s go-to guide for every aspect of the process from A-Z in publishing your own book. It has already received quality endorsements from well known authorities in the self-publishing business.

I have mixed feelings on this guide. One it
Gloria Piper
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
The authors have awesome credentials, which should win our trust in the value of this book. It is organized into three sections: Prepare, Publish, and Promote.

As the title says, this is not a how-to-do. Rather, it's a where-to-find. As I view the list of resources, I feel disappointed at the bare bones of it. Why are these particular editors, proofreaders, consultants, and the like, named when the list could be much longer? The authors say these are the best, but by what criteria? I suppose that
Gillian Felix
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I was selected to review this book in a very short space of time and that concerned me, but after taking just 30 minutes to read it I understood why. First off this book is a book of value for a beginning author. A lot of what is in the book I already knew about because I had time to research them over a couple of years. This book would have been the ultimate cheat sheet for me, had it been published before I did all my research. That being said it is still a great resource.

The book contains the
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Self-Publishers
Shelves: my-book-reviews
Book Review by Alexis Aronis

A Helpful Database for Self-Publishers
The book "The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author's Essential Directory-To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books" by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent (Kindle Edition), is just what mean its writers by the title, namely: a Helpful and Useful Database of Information and Resources for Self-Publishers.

This book resembles really a databa
The word "guide" in the title seems a little misleading. I expected more advice and help. The subtitle includes the word "directory," which is more accurate. Joel Friedlander has developed other resources for self-publishers that would be more helpful for beginners. This book is strictly a list of resources for self-publishers, more helpful for someone who knows what services they need and want to save time searching out the service providers.

The book is well-organized, with sections for Prepar
Karen A. Wyle
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I expect to consult it several times in the future -- but the potential purchaser must keep in mind what it does and doesn't offer.

The book consists almost entirely of lists of people and websites a self-published author can use for various necessary (or possibly necessary) services. The lists are long and alphabetical. There is no information, either in chart or index form, about which listed service providers focus on what k
Adan Ramie
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me get started by saying that this book is exactly what it says it is: a resource guide. It’s (as the cover states) a listing. If you’re looking for long paragraphs, anecdotes, and writing prompts, this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for an exhaustive list of all the authors’ recommended editors, writing software, POD services, self-publishing books, social media consultants, and eBook aggregators, then The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is something you need to put ...more
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Theresa Upshur
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was offered the opportunity to review this book by the author. I jumped at the chance.

As someone who would like to (finally) become a published author, this book is great! It offered all the resources I knew I needed along with several I hadn't even thought of. There are lists for editors, publishers, writing software as well as various promotional resources.

This book is not a how to. Instead, it offers you lists of reputable people and companies who sole job is to help you with your book. Yo
Connie Cockrell
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Finally, a resource guide for indie authors. A few of the suggestions I was aware of but there are so many more listed in this essential guide. I love how the book is broken into logical parts as the independent author goes through the writing and publishing process: Prepare, Publish and Promote. As always, the indie author must do their own research and choose the options and people they want to work alongside with car
Elizabeth Smith
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent directory for those who are self-publishing or about to self-publish. It's not a "how-to," but a valuable "where to find" resource book.
Wayne Marinovich
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great resource for links and ideas on self publishing. Highly recommended
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-over
As a small (for now :D ) publisher, I have found this to be an invaluable resource. I re-read it from time to time to keep on top of my game.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this as an advanced review copy, as did nearly everyone reviewing before 1 February 2015.

I am surprised by the number of 5-star reviews and also by the glowing accolades in the front of the book. I’m afraid I can’t agree with them. Here’s why:

The title: There is nothing ultimate about this; and it is a directory, not a resource guide.

Listings: I couldn’t see anywhere an explanation on how these people and businesses were chosen to be included in the listings. They are mainly, as you w
Kristi Duarte
I usually love Joel Friedlander's advice. I'm a frequent visitor to his website, and his downloadable books (10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing, etc.) are awesome. I'm about to self-publish my first book, and need all the advice I can get. The price, at $7.99 (?) was also vert reasonable, so I decided to buy it. More than anything perhaps, I wanted to support Joel Friedlander for all the great work he does on his site.

I read through it. And I highlighted some pa
P.D. Singer
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer, I received the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

All listings are presented with little to no commentary. What little exists is mostly ganked from listees’ websites. Selection criteria aren’t stated.

The criteria are loose enough to include such entities as Westbow Publishing, which is affiliated with Author Solutions. Do I need to explain why this is a problem? They suggest the reader do their due diligence regarding subsidy publishers, but why do they even include
Shirley McLain
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valuable Resource

This is a must have book. It is full of resources that every writer needs. It has completed descriptions with web addresses. This valuable resource is one you want in your book collection. In my opinion you can't go wrong with this book.
Mark Polino
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
it's a book of lists

While I love so much of what Joel does
For self pushing this is just a book of lists. It seems like there should be a better medium than this.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has so many references that I highly recommend this book to anyone considering self-publishing or who has already self-published but may feel that their book could do better.
Monica Rodriguez
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great collection of resources. This book will point you in the right direction at any stage of publication.
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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 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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