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on 9 March 2010
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Yes, the 14th Ed is way out of date, which loses it a star.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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on 22 November 2007
Yes indeed, this is a super book. It would be even better if there was a United Kingdom edition, or supplementary chapter to explain the diffences between self publishing in UK to USA ie how the the uk market differs, terminology, and typical pricing. Nevertheless, these differences are minor compared to the very valuable information you'll find here.

Self publishing is, like most businesses, incredibly hard for most people, espcially authors who are often more creative than business-minded. This book wont change your genetic make up, but if your savy enought to win in the publishing world, then this is ideal.

Usually a successful business person would keep such hard-won knowlege to himself. This guy takes great pleasure in sharing his. Every page shines with a genuine desire to patiently teach anyone with the good sense to listen.
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on 18 March 2006
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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on 20 January 2009
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 writing and structure of my own book, of which I am about half way through.
It is also a very motivating and inspirational read, and if, like me you feel at times a bit of self doubt while writing your book, a quick read of this one will pick you back up and restore your positivity.
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on 4 October 2016
This was a great book - when it was published, But as other reviewers have noted it is so far out of date now as to be of limited value. There are sections which are worth reading , of course, but I do wish a man of such deep experince as Dan Poynter would update this manual.
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on 16 August 2005
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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on 17 June 2014
Not a bad book but more on self-maketigI'm unwell, so pesase excuse me from not writing more
Best wishes
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on 3 February 2016
Great Book
Helped me a lot in my self publishing odyssey.
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on 1 November 2012
Very helpful and contains some useful informaton. Dan Poynter knows what he is talking about evidently. He writes as an expert.
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on 9 November 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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