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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A positive guide
This book is an impressive guide to self-publishing. Alison Baverstock has produced a fine overview of the subject, with support from other experts, with whom parts of the book have been co-written. Baverstock provides a step-by-step outline of how an author can arrange editing, design, printing, distribution, publicity, and marketing for their book. One of the best...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative yet disappointing.
Alison Baverstock is a well-known speaker on the subject of publishing and as Course Leader for the MA (Publishing) at Kingston University, she has a convincing background for producing a definitive Guide to Self-Publishing. Indeed, this book is shown prominently in the Arts and Writers' Handbook. Therefore, a reader should have every confidence in following her advice to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative yet disappointing., 6 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Naked Author - a Guide to Self-Publishing (Paperback)
Alison Baverstock is a well-known speaker on the subject of publishing and as Course Leader for the MA (Publishing) at Kingston University, she has a convincing background for producing a definitive Guide to Self-Publishing. Indeed, this book is shown prominently in the Arts and Writers' Handbook. Therefore, a reader should have every confidence in following her advice to the letter.

However, this is not a manual of advice. It is quite a comprehensive look at the self-publishing industry with chapters to cover every aspect. Possibly mindful of her professional contacts, Ms Baverstock has been careful not to show preference for one approach, one company, one individual rather than another. Even her case studies read as bland. I think readers choosing to pay 14.95 for such a book would expect to be warned off unwise actions and encouraged in helpful ones. What they get is a textbook that would stand them in good stead if they were considering studying self-publishing as a subject. It does not really help them on their route to self-publication. More can be gained from perusing online reviews.

I am sure all the information laid down is accurate and as up-to-date. The chapters are relevant and in logical order. The references are what might be expected from a Guide. But as a 'how to' it fails, and if the title had been left purely as The Naked Author, there would be less need to express disappointment.

It so happened that I had borrowed a book on the same subject by an author with none of Ms Baverstock's gravitas, but it did an excellent job. I review it here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A positive guide, 11 May 2012
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This book is an impressive guide to self-publishing. Alison Baverstock has produced a fine overview of the subject, with support from other experts, with whom parts of the book have been co-written. Baverstock provides a step-by-step outline of how an author can arrange editing, design, printing, distribution, publicity, and marketing for their book. One of the best features of this book is the large number of case studies, in which authors share their experiences of self-publishing.

There is a lot of up-to-date information about the links between self-publishing and the digital publishing revolution (ebooks are described by one commentator as the biggest thing in publishing since Gutenburg invented printing). Baverstock's book shows signs of hurried publication, with many typographical errors, and quite a bit of repetition. I would say that both the editing and design do not meet the highest standards advocated by Baverstock - the case studies are presented in unattractive shading.

I think this book would be more credible if it was self-published. Baverstock makes the claim that her book is the first major title on self-publishing by a leading publisher. At the start of my writing career, the Bible for the process of independent publishing was Peter Finch's How to Publish Yourself, issued by Allison and Busby in 1987, fully 24 years before The Naked Author streaked across the stage. While focussing on self publishing as a commercial venture, Baverstock also writes in a very positive way about the scope for enthusiastic authors to find satisfaction in small-scale publishing. Having had books published by a couple of mainstream publishers, while self-publishing other works, I strongly recommend Alison Baverstock's book to anybody setting out on self-publishing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big subject made accessible..., 12 May 2013
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Looking from the outside book publishing is just getting some words on a page and shipping it to a shop for readers to buy. Oh but the truth is so much more. With the rise of self-publishing the uninitiated fall fowl of many trips and traps. Alison's book gives us on the outside a chance of getting to grips with this opportunity in a structured and guided way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful and informative guidebook, 22 Nov 2011
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Alison Baverstock's excellent new book is both a thoughtful exploration of self-publishing and an informative `how-to' handbook.

As Alison herself says, `Self-publishing has had a bad reputation'. Badly edited, poorly designed and amateurish books have been produced by writers who were disinclined to re-appraise or improve their work. However, modern technology is changing the publishing landscape - and fast. Serious writers are now able to buy professional services that allow them to produce a high quality product and offer it straight to their audience, promoting it across a wealth of online media. Self-publishing is gaining a new respectability; writers are actively choosing it as a way to connect with their readers, and Alison's book celebrates this with exuberance.

Her comprehensive guide begins in a philosophical way, with a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of why writers may wish to publish their own work. These writers may range from the family wishing to produce a single copy of a This is Your Life history for an elderly relative, to the `household name' author with an established fan base who turns away from traditional publishing. This book is no gentle philosophical tome, however, because Alison efficiently turns to the competencies and assets needed to make a success of publishing. The economics of book production is explored, legal issues covered, and practicalities such as book formats, paper types, proofreading, typesetting, eBooks and ISBNs are covered in detail with useful advice from industry experts. Numerous case histories throughout the book offer illuminating thoughts on writing, self-publishing and self-expression.

This book, the first of its kind from a UK traditional publishing house (A&C Black), is an inspiring must-read for anyone contemplating publishing their own work, whether on a small scale for personal use or with the intention of reaching out to readers on a global scale. 'The Naked Author' is an in-depth guide that every serious self-publisher should have to hand as they embark on their publishing journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive, contemporary., 31 Oct 2011
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Nicholas W. N. Jones (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Alison Baverstock has shared her knowledge of publishing with new (and not-so-new) entrants to the industry for the last twenty years or so. Her HOW TO MARKET BOOKS is the industry bible on effective promotion; she's written an excellent guide to publishing as a career, HOW TO GET A JOB IN PUBLISHING. Now she is tackling the phenomenon that is self-publishing, and making her knowledge available to those who want to go it alone. I cannot think of anyone better placed to sort the nonsense from the reality in this fast-changing field; she has drawn on her many contacts to get first-hand experience, which she has written up into a first-class how-to guide. The many interviews she conducted specially for this book combine with what she gleans through her role at Kingston University, where she runs the well regarded Publishing MA course, to ensure that this book is very comprehensive and superbly up-to-date. As someone who has worked in publishing for thirty years and now runs a publishing services company, I have often dealt with first-time self-publishing authors; we spend a lot of time explaining the publishing process to those who want to produce a book but have alarmingly little idea of the details. Now we will recommend this book to them, and they will understand! Alison has done a necessary job very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice, 25 April 2014
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I found the advice on self publishing interesting and it made me think about my own experience. Some of the tips would have helped me to deal with the process of publishing more easily. I would have liked more information about the sort of packages some companies offer to authors or where to find it. If you are thinking of independent publishing it clarifies the issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent manual and resource book, 3 Dec 2013
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If you ever think about publishing a book, read this book first. It takes you through the whole labyrinthine process of self-publishing, including all the aspects you might not have thought about, and above all makes it clear that in today's ever-changing world self-publishing is likely to be a major way forward, and does not need to be bracketed with 'vanity' publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and authoritative, 28 July 2013
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Full of down-to-earth common sense as well as a comprehensive guide to the whole self-publishing process. Various case-studies give a personal perspective on the experience.

There is so much good advice here it will take more than one read-through to absorb everything that Alison Baverstock has included in this book.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering becoming an indie author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about self-publishing today, 10 Nov 2011
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This is a must read for anyone even thinking about self-publishing. The Naked Author is packed with essential information and honest advice on the subject. From questioning whether or not you should go ahead and self-publish at all, to outlining a history of self-publishing (some of the greats did indeed do it first!), to guiding you through each and every aspect of the process - editing, format, distribution and marketing. It is also realistic - Baverstock does not promise you'll make a million, in fact she points out that self-publishing in order to make money is nave and that instances of huge success are rare. Rather, huge personal satisfaction is likely to be achieved through the act of self-publishing and making sure the job is done well. That said, Baverstock has interviewed those who have made a success of it and there are many illuminating and inspiring author stories here. She explains how to self-publish properly, so that no vital aspect of book production is forgotten by the enterprising author. One of the things I liked most is the wealth of advice from industry professionals and from writers - you get insider knowledge and wisdom from both sides. Also quite simply a very interesting and inspiring read in these changing times, and very revealing about the state of the publishing industry today. If you have ever been tempted to self-publish, this book will make your mind up one way or the other!
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