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Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book) [Paperback]

Dan Poynter
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28 May 2006 Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book
You have all the ingredients to be a successful, published author. This book is your recipe. You will discover how easy it is to: . Write. Use the easy step-by-step system for producing a commercially-successful book. Apply the simple organizational plan to research your subject and put your thoughts down on paper. Publish. Get your book into print quickly and easily by going direct and cutting out the middlemen. Copyright your own book. Set up your own publishing company and take the tax breaks. Sell. Learn the secrets of low-cost book promotion, the shocking facts about advertising and how to set up your distribution system. Find out how to promote your book with feature articles and radio/TV interviews. Then spin off electronic editions: sell your information on-line and on CD-ROM.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Para Publishing; 15 Revised edition (28 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568601344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568601342
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,923,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Book Writing and Publishing.

Dan Poynter is an author of more than 120 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

He is an evangelist for books, an ombudsman for authors, an advocate for publishers and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published books.

His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in The New York Times. The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishing.

Dan travels more than 6,000 miles each week to share, inspire and empower writers, publishers and professional speakers through keynotes and seminars.

Some of his books are Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's Handbook, The Expert Witness Handbook and The Older Cat.

Dan shows people how to make a difference while making a living by coaching them on the writing, publishing and promoting of their books.

He has turned thousands of people into successful authors. His mission is to see that people do not die with a book still inside them.

Follow me: http://www.Twitter.com/DanPoynter
See me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWl0fnBu7bs

Parachutes, Skydiving, and Aviation.

Dan Poynter is a skydiver, parachute rigger and pilot.
He worked as a parachute designer for years and has all the licenses and rating in skydiving.
He was recently nominated to the Skydiving Hall of Fame.
Dan has written a dozen books on parachutes, hang gliding, and other aviation activities.


Para Publishing LLC, PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206, USA.
Bus: +1-805-968-7277; Mob: +1-805-448-9009 DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Review 9 Nov 2005
I had heard rumors over the internet that this book was the “bible” of self-publishing. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these rumors were, indeed, the truth.
Clearly structured and written in simple, reader-friendly language that anybody can understand, this book is not only an amalgam of information, but a pleasure to read as well. Poynter discuses topics such as your publishing options, writing your book, starting your own publishing company, producing your book, announcing your book, promotion, advertisement, fulfilment, etc. In fact, everything you need to know to get your own press rolling. The author moves from subject to subject chronologically, making the process easy as if you had a coach beside you at each step of the way.
Poynter uses tables, sample forms, graphics, drawings and pictures to illustrate his explanations. Since this is a revised edition, the contact information and links are up to date. Most helpful are the appendixes, offering a “book’s calendar,” as well as many resources and recommended reading. Another thing about this book which make it a pleasure to read is the clever quotations used throughout. Be prepared with pencil and highlighter, as this is a book you’ll want to dissect piece by piece.
Practical, straight-forward and insightful, The Self-Publishing Manual should be in the reference shelf of anybody who is thinking about self-publishing a book, start a press, or simply understand how the publishing business works. It is also an invaluable resource for those who want to learn about effective book promotion. This is one of those rare jewels which is worth its every penny. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belt & Braces - All you need to know 16 Aug 2005
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Have you ever dreamed of writing your own book but did not know where to start? Have you ever written a manuscript, sent it off to dozens of publishers without receiving a response?
If you have then this book by Dan Poynter will give you the best advice that you could ever dream of.
This isnt a book wrapped up in publishing industry speak, it is a plain talking guide on how to plan, write, publish and sell your masterpiece. Poynter does not tell you what to do but suggests what you can do to become an author.
With over thirty years as a self publisher, and with hundreds of titles available it makes sense to learn from an expert.
I for one will use the advice and maybe someone will write a similar review on my own masterpiece one day, right here on amazon.co.uk.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Most would-be authors in the U.S. dream of signing a four book deal with Random House for over $10 million . . . and then skyrocketing to the top of the best seller list. That does happen, but not very often.

The average new author who attracts a commercial publisher will probably be offered an advance of $7,500 and won't earn that amount back in actual royalties. In the process, the author will be disappointed to find that the publisher does little more than print the book, put it in a catalogue and take orders from those who demand the book. If there's to be publicity, the author must provide it. In exchange, the author will earn less than 10% of the cover price of the book from each sale.

After having been down that route, it's not surprising that authors begin to realize that selling 5,000 copies that one self-publishes can earn a profit of 5-10 times as much with relatively little more effort . . . and not much of a capital outlay.

So, if you don't get that Random House deal, you probably can still earn a lot more money for yourself by becoming your own publisher. There are lots of ways to do this from e-books as digital downloads to traditional hard cover volumes. You can have a printer make a few thousand of the latter . . . or a print on demand printer will make one at a time as you receive orders.

Naturally, you can pay someone several thousand dollars to help you through the process.

But it's a better bet to buy Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual. Dan's forgotten more about how to self-publish a book that most "experts" will ever learn.

This book covers the following important topics:

1. How to decide if you want to self-publish and how

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Sep 2009
This book is basically out of date (first appeared in 1979) and written for the US. If you are living in the UK in 2009, you need something else. There is half a page on creating your web page and all the costings are way out of line (much too high) compared to what is available these days with print on demand and modern publishing IT. The resources for marketing your book are heavily biased to the US.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has helped me every step of the way 18 Mar 2006
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I bought The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book without even knowing what to expect, just relying on the comments other people made. I must say now that, although the manual is written for the US market, its contents are probably universal. As someone who has just published my first book, I consult with Dan Poynter's book almost every day, when new issues with copyright, agents, wholesalers, distributors and so on come up. It has never let me down yet: concise, easy-to-understand information helps you all the way. I highly recommend this book to all self-publishing authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediochre
Not a bad book but more on self-maketigI'm unwell, so pesase excuse me from not writing more
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Published 24 days ago by Barrie W Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Poynter
Very helpful and contains some useful informaton. Dan Poynter knows what he is talking about evidently. He writes as an expert.
Published 20 months ago by Rosamunde Duke Renard
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative although a little American
This books gives you some great tips on how to self publish your own book. However its focus is mainly on how to self publish non fiction and is mostly full of American info. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book. excellent sevice!
All in all i was very happy to recieve this book , from america, in very acceptible time and in excellent condition. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by P. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Common Sense
First of this book deals with non-fiction books not fiction. So if your a budding novelist this may not be the book for you

Having said that a lot of what it does say... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Samantha Grayson
4.0 out of 5 stars More useful outside US than the later editions
This white cover 2003 14th Edition of Dan Poynter's excellent introduction to self-publishing is possibly the most useful for non-US hopefuls. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by R. F. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, helpful and just plain essential
Dan Poynter is the absolute guru on this subject. The detail he goes into on every part of the writing and publishing process will save people hundreds of hours of time and many... Read more
Published on 21 May 2009 by Mindy Gibbins-Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
This book is so well written and provides amazing ideas to use when writing your own book. I got my copy a couple of days ago, and already it has helped shape and polish up the... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by S. Lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars All that you would want a How-To book to be
This is one of the most useful `how to" books that I have ever read, because - although over 400 pages long, and crammed with a wealth of information - it is clear, concise,... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2008 by Graham Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Essential Resource!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Self-Publishing Manual. Dan Poynter's book is on the short list of desk books for anyone writing a book. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2008 by C. Clayton
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