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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! ...more
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Published August 1st 2006 by Fanove Publishing
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Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-business
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. ...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
Elspeth Rushbrook
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is a well meaning attempt to empower authors to take back control of their books, at a time when getting picked by a conventional publisher is like crawling through a tiny hole (92% rejection rate) for 8% of the profit if you are accepted (my stats, not his).

The title is a misnomer - Peter Bowerman is a copywriter and author of a couple of books on selfpublishing, and that is very different from being a poet, novelist, playwright.

I agree that the spiritual artistic writer needs to be a
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, non-fiction
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
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outread-aubrey
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
Weldon Burge
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jacqui Allen
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Elizabeth Scala
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
David Katzman
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: about-publishing
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
Linda Leon
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to
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. ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Tandava Graham
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-misc
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.
Anthony Clair
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Boweman gives a mix of tactics and inspiration that can give anyone the motivation and direction needed to tackle indie publishing.
Bruce Stewart
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kimberly Vargas
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a self publishing topographical map. Very grateful for the author's insights into this newly charted and evolving territory. ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-book-list
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....
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