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4.0 out of 5 stars More useful outside US than the later editions, 9 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book) (Paperback)
This white cover 2003 14th Edition of Dan Poynter's excellent introduction to self-publishing is possibly the most useful for non-US hopefuls. It covers all the essentials involved in planning, creating, writing, printing, marketing, supplying and serving your customers, and significantly, the continued development of your product.

I've reviewed this one because it goes into more detail on the principles and methods and strategies, all the useful concepts which can be easily developed anywhere in the world. As a UK writer I've been able to apply his clearly laid out lessons and principles while yet translating them from the US to the UK market.

For example in UK; Nielsens operate the ISBN system, and possibly the largest wholesale stock holder is Bertram Trading Ltd. But, as a UK self-publisher I have sold very few books through Bertram and thus Amazon, and do not expect to do so until they reach critical mass in the public. However, copies are selling steadily from my website along the lines suggested by Dan Poynter in this edition, and in a few more months I expect to have covered my costs and be able to publish the next one.

Some might argue that this white cover 14th edition does not address web-marketing enough, and the web has certainly moved on a long way since he wrote it, but if you read his later two volume version of the work they become so highly focused on the US market and US web resources that they are effectively useless outside the US.

See the red cover 2007 16th edition 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) as Volume I,
and the blue cover 2009 supplement Self-Publishing Manual, Volume II: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book Employing the Latest Technologies and the Newest Techniques: 2 (Dan ... Manual: How to Write, Print, &)

The two later books (red and especially blue) seem to have a greater need for one to read them adjacent to a computer, and to be continually chasing links. Personally, I did not find that helpful or easy to follow, especially when compared with the 14th Edition. By all means point to the websites for the most up-to-date info, but don't depend on this for half the text.

Yes, the 14th Ed is way out of date, which loses it a star. But it is better written and easier to read, and thus more useful, especially since having read it one knows what to look for on the web, and, more importantly, what not to bother with. Without it I would not be in print. So, four stars.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2014 17:26:39 GMT
Thanks so much for this review - I have the fairly simplistic 1993 version (purple) - it helped me publish four how to books way back then - and the more complex and US centric 2007 red cover, but was unaware of this edition. Looking up, I can see it's available from the states at around the £3 mark with postage, so I'm off to tip my hat at it. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2014 21:27:19 GMT
Thanks for the comment. I hope it helps, the planning / organisation methodology was what I found most useful, and I thought I knew what to do having already been used to managing electronic R&D projects. Chalk and cheese.

I'm sort of half-looking for a decent guide to compiling a good kindle or e-pub edition, plus some e-authoring software. But I've been so busy elsewhere that I've let the writing etc slip for the best part of a couple of years.

Yes, it is simple enough to send off to Az-pub an HTML version derived from the Word original, but that might look awful and probably not have many of the more desirable aspects of the e-formats. I need to be able to simulate the kindle/epub copies and test them in a kindle etc before general release to the wider audience. First impressions count for so much in a book just glanced at by random chance!
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