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A new world has opened to writers who wish to have their words turned into finished books. With technological advances in typesetting, printing, distribution, and sales, self-publishing has become a reality. But while converting your writing into a commercially available title may sound relatively easy--based upon the claims of some companies that offer this service--there A new world has opened to writers who wish to have their words turned into finished books. With technological advances in typesetting, printing, distribution, and sales, self-publishing has become a reality. But while converting your writing into a commercially available title may sound relatively easy--based upon the claims of some companies that offer this service--there are many important considerations you should be aware of before going to press. Publishing expert Dr. Jan Yager has created an easy-to-follow guide that will take you from a book's conception and writing to its production and sales. Whether your work is fiction or nonfiction, How to Self-Publish Your Book offers sound and proven advice at every turn, enabling you to avoid common pitfalls along the way to becoming a self-published author. The book is divided into three parts. Part One takes you through the initial manuscript preparation--setting your goals, writing, sequencing, editing, and proofing, as well as creating a business plan for your book's eventual release. Part Two focuses on the actual production of your book. It explains the importance of cover and interior design, what you need to know about producing physical books and e-books, and how to turn your title into an audiobook. Part Three provides key information on how to market and sell your book--subjects that are crucial to a title's success, but of which most writers have very little understanding. Also included is a valuable resource section that guides you to websites which offer essential information on self-publishing service providers, including complete self-publishing companies as well as freelance editors, proofreaders, printers, distributors, marketers, and publicists. Today, self-publishing workshops and lecturers charge hopeful writers hundreds of dollars, promising to turn their self-published books into bestsellers. The fact is that your book's chance of success starts at its origin, not with the finished product. However you choose to produce your book, whether through a self-publishing company or through separate services, here is a complete road map to what lies ahead--based not on hype or wishful thinking, but on Dr. Jan Yager's lifetime of experience in the world of publishing.


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A new world has opened to writers who wish to have their words turned into finished books. With technological advances in typesetting, printing, distribution, and sales, self-publishing has become a reality. But while converting your writing into a commercially available title may sound relatively easy--based upon the claims of some companies that offer this service--there A new world has opened to writers who wish to have their words turned into finished books. With technological advances in typesetting, printing, distribution, and sales, self-publishing has become a reality. But while converting your writing into a commercially available title may sound relatively easy--based upon the claims of some companies that offer this service--there are many important considerations you should be aware of before going to press. Publishing expert Dr. Jan Yager has created an easy-to-follow guide that will take you from a book's conception and writing to its production and sales. Whether your work is fiction or nonfiction, How to Self-Publish Your Book offers sound and proven advice at every turn, enabling you to avoid common pitfalls along the way to becoming a self-published author. The book is divided into three parts. Part One takes you through the initial manuscript preparation--setting your goals, writing, sequencing, editing, and proofing, as well as creating a business plan for your book's eventual release. Part Two focuses on the actual production of your book. It explains the importance of cover and interior design, what you need to know about producing physical books and e-books, and how to turn your title into an audiobook. Part Three provides key information on how to market and sell your book--subjects that are crucial to a title's success, but of which most writers have very little understanding. Also included is a valuable resource section that guides you to websites which offer essential information on self-publishing service providers, including complete self-publishing companies as well as freelance editors, proofreaders, printers, distributors, marketers, and publicists. Today, self-publishing workshops and lecturers charge hopeful writers hundreds of dollars, promising to turn their self-published books into bestsellers. The fact is that your book's chance of success starts at its origin, not with the finished product. However you choose to produce your book, whether through a self-publishing company or through separate services, here is a complete road map to what lies ahead--based not on hype or wishful thinking, but on Dr. Jan Yager's lifetime of experience in the world of publishing.

43 review for How to Self-Publish Your Book: A Complete Guide to Writing, Editing, Marketing & Selling Your Own Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rush Dar

    A fantastic resource for anyone thinking of publishing your own manuscript. I borrowed my copy from the library and bought my own after returning it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Millions Need to Read This Book— but Will They Get It? I Hope So. Last year over a million books were self-published. The majority of those books will sell less than 100 copies during the lifetime of the book. Self-publishing still has a poor reputation in the market and you can avoid the pitfalls reading HOW TO SELF PUBLISH YOUR BOOK. Dr. Jan Yager has been in publishing many years and writes from this viewpoint. In the introduction, Dr. Yager writes, “One of the missions of How to Self Publish Y Millions Need to Read This Book— but Will They Get It? I Hope So. Last year over a million books were self-published. The majority of those books will sell less than 100 copies during the lifetime of the book. Self-publishing still has a poor reputation in the market and you can avoid the pitfalls reading HOW TO SELF PUBLISH YOUR BOOK. Dr. Jan Yager has been in publishing many years and writes from this viewpoint. In the introduction, Dr. Yager writes, “One of the missions of How to Self Publish Your book is to provide you with enough information about self-publishing to make it less likely for you to be taken advantage of by those who might prey on unsuspecting authors. An author desperate to publish might be susceptible to unscrupulous vendors. For example, I have heard of individuals who paid thousands of dollars to have their manuscripts proofread only to discover countless typos that should have been caught and corrected.” (Page 2) This book is packed with important information and written in three major sections: Writing and Sequencing Your Book, Publishing Your Book, and Marketing and Selling Your Book. You will want to keep a yellow highlighter handy as you read HOW TO SELF PUBLISH YOUR BOOK and use it often. I highly recommend this well-done book. W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books Straight Talk From the Editor

  3. 5 out of 5

    JS Nelson

    Most helpful resource I’ve found yet for anyone interested in self-publishing

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    A very thorough look at self-publishing. Really excellent.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Libby Waterford

    Excellent overview with really solid advice. I recommend you supplement with genres-specific advice from other sources.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Self-publishing is a thriving industry’ Connecticut author Jan Yager earned degrees in criminal justice (Goddard College) and sociology (City University of New York Graduate Center) and has been active n the publishing business as well as writing over forty books – novels, business guides and interpersonal issues. Jan is a popular guest on important television shows. She owns her own company – Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. In this superb volume Jan addresses all aspects of the writing career – Wr ‘Self-publishing is a thriving industry’ Connecticut author Jan Yager earned degrees in criminal justice (Goddard College) and sociology (City University of New York Graduate Center) and has been active n the publishing business as well as writing over forty books – novels, business guides and interpersonal issues. Jan is a popular guest on important television shows. She owns her own company – Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. In this superb volume Jan addresses all aspects of the writing career – Writing and sequencing (all steps preparing for submission to a publisher), Publishing (information about interior and cover design, creating an E-Book, conversion into audiobook format, etc), Marketing and selling (including lessons on creating publicity, selling foreign rights), use of the social media (Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, crowdfunding websites, etc), the use of literary agents – each area of her expertise is made ‘user-friendly’ accessible. The layout of the book is exemplary, an excellent source of ideas for authors to follow, and the language is learned while still being conversational in a progression of ideas that leads the way from idea inception to final published product. This is easily the most comprehensive book on self-publishing and one that will become a primer for schools and the legions of writers searching for the secrets contained here. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I admit that I am just beginning to explore this subject, and other books may provide better information than this one, but this book seems to have been written from my own perspective. She provides the information I wanted, in a way that my brain likes to get it. I still have a huge learning curve, but this book includes lots of pitons to use in the climb. I'm going to end up with this one on my bookshelf someday. I admit that I am just beginning to explore this subject, and other books may provide better information than this one, but this book seems to have been written from my own perspective. She provides the information I wanted, in a way that my brain likes to get it. I still have a huge learning curve, but this book includes lots of pitons to use in the climb. I'm going to end up with this one on my bookshelf someday.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    While I felt Ms. Yager's book had many positive points and good tips, there were several that I shook my head at and caused me to knock down my rating of the book. These points mainly surrounded the publication of ebooks that I thought her suggestions could impact the image of a self published author. So, the book is still worth the purchase and reference, but don't take it as gospel to the publication of your book. Use it in partnership with other resources on the topic. While I felt Ms. Yager's book had many positive points and good tips, there were several that I shook my head at and caused me to knock down my rating of the book. These points mainly surrounded the publication of ebooks that I thought her suggestions could impact the image of a self published author. So, the book is still worth the purchase and reference, but don't take it as gospel to the publication of your book. Use it in partnership with other resources on the topic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A solid place to start for writers looking to get into business for themselves. An overview of various topics from writing a book, to designing a book, to launching a book, and finally marketing. Most of the topics were introductions rather than in-depth explorations but there is still a lot of useful information in this book and would serve as a trustworthy guidebook to help get you started.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Marie

    Very informative, covering a wide variety of topics. There are some areas that contain a lot of detail and others that felt lacking. Still an excellent resource.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    Excellent manual - very detailed and has good lists of resources

  12. 4 out of 5

    A.Y. Berthiaume

    One of the best damn resources for a self-publishing author.

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