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Self-Publishing For Dummies

Published: September 5, 2006

Overview

Thinking about self-publishing your book? This no-nonsense guide walks you through the entire process of going it alone  

If you have a great idea for a book or informative content to share with an audience or have written a book and want to bypass traditional publishing, you’re in the right place. Aspiring and experienced writers alike will benefit from this user-friendly and detailed guide with coverage on the self-publishing process from preparing your manuscript and creating the perfect title to selling the final product.  

Self-Publishing For Dummies lays out the pros and cons of self-publishing, helps you avoid the most common mistakes made by authors and self-publishers, and makes you aware of legal issues associated with book publishing. You’ll learn the basics of researching to include the right details, what the parts of a book are (from the copyright page to the index and bibliography), and when to edit your own work and when to hire a professional editor. 

When it comes to the business aspects of self-publishing your book and building your own publishing company, you’re in charge of each exciting step from naming your business, to writing the business plan, managing the finances and expenses, and who to call on for expert advice. It’s up to you to decide on a title for your book, as well as the layout and design. Once your book is complete, you’ll have it printed — through traditional, non-traditional, or on-demand means.  

You’ll discover how to 

  • Apply for and obtain an ISBN 

  • Copyright your work to protect it 

  • Negotiate with and manage vendors, including printers, designers, and copyeditors 

  • Secure a warehouse to store your book  

  • Work with distributors to get your book to your audience 

  • Set prices and monitor inventory 

  • Write a press release and other marketing materials to promote your book 

  • Collaborate with the media and publicists to build awareness for your book  

  • Build an online presence with a website, newsletters, blog, or podcast 

  • Create and sell additional products related to your book 

Additionally, you can read about ten common self-publishing mistakes – and how to avoid them – and the best resources for self-publishers. Get your copy of Self-Publishing For Dummies today. 

Thinking about self-publishing your book? This no-nonsense guide walks you through the entire process of going it alone  

If you have a great idea for a book or informative content to share with an audience or have written a book and want to bypass traditional publishing, you’re in the right place. Aspiring and experienced writers alike will benefit from this user-friendly and detailed guide with coverage on the self-publishing process from preparing your manuscript and creating the perfect title to selling the final product.  

Self-Publishing For Dummies lays out the pros and cons of self-publishing, helps you avoid the most common mistakes made by authors and self-publishers, and makes you aware of legal issues associated with book publishing. You’ll learn the basics of researching to include the right details, what the parts of a book are (from the copyright page to the index and bibliography), and when to edit your own work and when to hire a professional editor. 

When it comes to the business aspects of self-publishing your book and building your own publishing company, you’re in charge of each exciting step from naming your business, to writing the business plan, managing the finances and expenses, and who to call on for expert advice. It’s up to you to decide on a title for your book, as well as the layout and design. Once your book is complete, you’ll have it printed — through traditional, non-traditional, or on-demand means.  

You’ll discover how to 

  • Apply for and obtain an ISBN 

  • Copyright your work to protect it 

  • Negotiate with and manage vendors, including printers, designers, and copyeditors 

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  • Secure a warehouse to store your book  

  • Work with distributors to get your book to your audience 

  • Set prices and monitor inventory 

  • Write a press release and other marketing materials to promote your book 

  • Collaborate with the media and publicists to build awareness for your book  

  • Build an online presence with a website, newsletters, blog, or podcast 

  • Create and sell additional products related to your book 

Additionally, you can read about ten common self-publishing mistakes – and how to avoid them – and the best resources for self-publishers. Get your copy of Self-Publishing For Dummies today. 

Self-Publishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Turning a great idea into a book through self-publishing is an ambitious project, so be sure to understand the principal steps involved in the process. If you need help with certain aspects of self-publishing, learn how to interview and hire a freelancer to make sure things are done efficiently and correctly.