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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591810035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591810032
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever wanted to publish a magazine, guide book, or weekly newspaper and make substantial profits while working from your home? Tom Williams has done just that in his own profitable publishing career, and he can tell you how to run a highly successful home-based publishing company in this practical how-to guide.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 10 Mar 2009
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This is a very informative book, the most helpful book about publishing I've read (and I've read dozens).

I'm going to publish some things, have very little and limited money, know nothing at all about publishing, and have no mentor, so I ordered a huge pile of different books on the publishing industry.

This one, being more magaziney in title was among the last I got, just in case it had some info that might be useful for me, all the rest are about book publishing (because I'm publishing a series of books).

I'd almost run through my research stacks but a whole lot of my basic questions were left unanswered. Practicality in paper sizes, how I can ensure the final size of the publication is at it's most cost effective? Binding preferences, cost effectiveness of varying kinds, final impressions, where to see examples of, how to present etc. All the other books tend to deal with Big Publishers who have things like money, departments, wages, and the wherewithal to farm out jobs.

I've made the questions sound horribly dry, but the writer makes the book interesting, easy and enjoyable to read throughout.

So many questions, little niggling questions. Starting out I don't want to be asking professionals really dumb questions. Let's face it, someone might think 'Aha, ripe hick from the sticks,' take advantage of my ignorance, and there goes the budget and business.

I'd just begun to despair and contact people, trying to find answers my questions, when I picked up this book. It's the best in the bunch by a long way.

A wonderful grass roots publishing book. If I could pick only one of the loads of (very interesting) books I've read on publishing, this would definitely be it. It is certainly the most useful I've come across. Anyone publishing for the first time should be sure to read it.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun 2004
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The only reason that I would be reluctant to review this book is because I don't really fancy allot of competition!
This book is one flow of publishing related business ideas after the other. I can't walk anywhere now without seeing opportunities locally that can generate good profits.
We are just acting on one now, and with some good guidance from this book it should be profitable first time round without any significant investment!
Hope not too many people buy this...... ;-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 9 July 2012
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I purchased this book about 10 years ago! Read it from cover to cover 3 times and 10 years later I finally had the opportunity to do what I have always wanted to do. I have produced a sucessful monthly magazine with the help of Thomas Williams. If you are hoping for a career as a publishing entrepreneur, I would recommend having this book in your "tool box"! I have my 2nd magazine coming out in January which I will operate alongside my monthly, and have lots of ideas for future publications. In my day-to-day operations I come back to this book on a regular basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Izzy45 on 14 Sep 2013
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I have seen online courses for 'how to publish a magazine' selling for £thousands, yet almost all of the information you need is set out in this book. You may also benefit from a couple of other books - depending of course what your magazine is about and your objective. All in all a good purchase.
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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful
Fine for inspiration looking for a niche, but... 6 May 2003
By Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress - Published on Amazon.com
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It is apparent the author does have a wealth of publishing experience in various endeavors. Still, I would have preferred more detail in each of the publishing phases, rather than a quick once over of each.
This is an excellent book if you are interested in publishing, but are not sure what you wish to publish. In other words, let this be a starting point. Then, if you decide to publish:
A - books, get Avery Cardoza's Complete Guide To Successful Publishing, or
B - community newspapers, get How To Produce A Small Newspaper
C - magazines, get Launch Your Own Magazine, and How To Start A Magazine, and Starting & Running A Successful Newsletter or Magazine - YES, YOU WILL WANT ALL THREE OF THESE!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good Overview; Would Benefit From Narrower Focus 29 Mar 2004
By C. Michael Massey - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Williams certainly offers a great number of helpful tips and forms for those interested in pursuing publishing ventures, I agree with other reviewers that this book would have benefited from a narrower focus rather than trying to tackle the three major varieties of publications (not to mention their sub-varieties) in a single book. Though they certainly share similarities, there are enough differences to keep someone interested solely in newspaper publishing (or whichever focus is yours) rather bored for much of the text.
This is especially problematic in the chapters seemingly directed toward "all" of the publication varieties. The chapter on printing, for example, is actually heavily geared toward book printing with only a short section on printing newspapers, which seems to have been tacked on almost as an afterthought.
Specific technical information, too, is in slightly short supply. Even after reading through the entire book, I'm still a little uncertain about the nature and purpose of things like halftones and color separations, despite Williams' frequent mention of them.
Nevertheless, this is still a decent starting place for the ambitious novice publisher. Williams' advice is overall quite sound and relevant enough for me to keep the book around as a reference tool for my projects.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great publishing resource... 8 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gives a good overview of the challenges of small mag/newspaper etc publishing and gives alot of nuts and bolts type tips. Better to spend a little money on alot of good advice then to make the mistakes and learn the hard way. The author writes like a veteran of learning the hard way and thankfully he is sharing his knowledge.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bang for your Buck 2 Mar 2006
By Nia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of the many books that I have purchased on self-publishing, this is one of the better ones. Even though I myself was mostly interested in book publishing rather than mangazines or guidebooks, this book still served me well. It gave a lot of useful tips and pointers as well as information I never thought about. I checked the book out of the library initially, but I want my own copy.

This book gives you step by step details on how to enter the publishing field on a tight budget. It gives you an abundance of resources. Some of those include:

* Starting out with little cash (and how he did it)

* Trade secrets necessary to pick winning publications

* How to hire the people you need (at a price you can afford)

* How to save money on printing

* Reproducible Business Forms

This is a great book to include in your self-publishing library. It does cover alot of areas, but I don't usually complain when someone gives me more bang for my buck.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Covers circulation, readership, proposal writing, optional publication formats, niche markets and more. 7 Oct 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're thinking of starting a home-based publishing business, you can't be without Publish Your Own Magazine, Guidebook or Weekly Newspaper: it tells how to not just publish a winning title, but how to make it profitable - with no money up front. All kinds of successful periodicals and what made them tops are reviewed in a title which covers circulation, readership, proposal writing, optional publication formats, niche markets and more.
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