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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Fanove Publishing (Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967059860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967059860
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Blackman on 23 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
For the last couple of weeks or so, I've been digesting The Well Fed Publisher. There's quite a lot to it. But I managed it in several sittings.

Peter Bowerman is an established self-publisher who specialises in freelance writing guides. He's also had 30 years experience of sales and marketing and has made a living from doing what he says. He's not obese but he's not starving, either. And when faced with the monumental task of marketing your own book his best advice is to adopt the same approach as you would for eating an elephant - one bite at a time.

There's stacks of good advice and it's all explained in a very readable style. Peter Bowerman points out that self publishing is front end loaded so it's particularly encouraging to hear from someone who's been through this process. You just have to keep on keeping on. And it's all about identifying the pivotal influencers among your niche groups and hitting those niches until you're hitting so many people you become "mainstream" and develop "passive revenue streams" - great for an "active spender" like me.

For the inspirational insights alone, this book is worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ElspethR on 3 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
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).

Drawn to the idea of not being impoverished for taking this career path, I had to work hard to persuade my library to buy this. "It's too American" they objected - and boy were they right, despite the Australian editor.

The title is a misnomer - Peter Bowerman is an author, not a writer. His words garner him income and he is published. But writer is a wordsmith of prose, poetry (not even mentioned) or in serious non fiction. By serious, I don't necessarily mean academic, but I do mean that writers who have to use their pen or keys because of a passionate story to tell, an idea to share with the world, are very different from an ex marketer who decides he'd like to be able to say he writes for a living. His actual writing job is copywriting, ie advertising. Whereas some might be prepared to do that as a related career whilst they worked on magnum opuses, Peter has no such intention - for him, commercial writing (and a book series on how to do it) is the end in itself. For this reason, I did not read his Well-Fed Writer book, though I did see an online extract.

I agree that the spiritual artistic writer needs to be able to market their work and some of us need some help there. However, this sort of marketing is too different to understand the needs of most bards and biographers. I also consider much of it immoral - creating demand using manipulation and over saturation, cold calling, undercutting others... that's an article in itself (which I will write elsewhere).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
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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 common sense notions that writers often completely forget when trying to promote their work: getting reviews, determining your target audience, creating name recognition, and selling without appearing you are selling.

It would seem that the author source of his success is that he takes these aspects to the extreme. Most writers think that a handful of reviews is more than enough, Bowerman sends out hundreds of review copies. He then follows though to get those reviews complete. The author does the same with gaining media attention. He is constantly trying to find and make use of a new angle to get his product recognized. Bowerman also states that in order to make money you have to spend money (on professional editing, covers, typesetting, review copy costs, etc), but do so wisely.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The HR Headmistress on 26 Sept. 2010
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Be still my beating heart. I think I might be in love. This may come as a shock to my dearly beloved, but there it is. It's out in the open now. Peter Bowerman's The Well-Fed Self Publisher is a hoot. And I adore men who make me laugh, don't you? He regularly comes to bed with me (so to speak) and I sit there, Headmistress spectacles balanced on the end of my nose, hoovering up the wit and wisdom in equal measure and laughing at his dry humour.

I can't remember when I first came across this book. My copy is so well-thumbed now that when we started work on How to Get Top Marks ... I had to invest in another copy because my production assistant and I were both fighting (very politely of course) to read it at the same time.

The outstanding thing about this book is that it's an idiot's guide to self-publishing. Peter Bowerman could not make it easier to get a book written, produced and marketed. Everything is spelled out in easy, non-technical terms and we referred to it every step of the way, from the focus group to get feedback on the front cover ideas, to adventures with indexing onwards. As I write this, we have not quite reached publication date yet, but we have already sold several hundred copies of HTGTM ..... In other words, it works. Quite simply, a first time self-publisher could do no better than read this book.

The HR Headmistress
Author: How to Get Top Marks in ... Managing Poor Work Performance
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