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Self-Publishing Manual, Volume II: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book Employing the Latest Technologies and the Newest Techniques

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Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2, the sequel to the best selling Self Publishing Manual describes how to use new ... Show synopsis

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WayneBNorris

Dan did it again!

by WayneBNorris on Aug 22, 2010

Disclaimer - I know Dan personally and professionally, and I used an early version of this book in 1984 to publish my own first book. So I have good grounding to say that he did it again! Kudos! The world of publishing is changing as fast as any other part of the human experience... maybe as fast as it did at the time of Gutenberg. And, while no one can legitimately claim to have a crystal ball, Dan's identification of the major trends in publishing comes as close as any analysis I've seen to helping prepare for that future. If you're self-publishing a book today, both this analysis and and the detailed self-publishing instructions that accompany it are vital. Publishing in 10 years time may hardly resemble its present form, in the same way cell phones have obsoleted pay phones. Reading Dan's book is the best way I know to prepare for a sea change like that and publish TODAY while staying relevant. Two items of note: The first is that social media are changing so fast, that any attempt to corral their status on a physically printed page is futile. Thus, the discussion of social media is out of date, but to be fair, Dan points this and other obsolescence issues out very clearly at the start of his book. Paper simply cannot stay up-to-date very long. The second is that his discussion of eBooks is heavy on how-tos, but light on "what-it-is". This is important, because hackers break security all the time, and knowing what the security and vulnerabilities of each format are - as well as knowing what each format looks like - are important in making decisions about the rollout format. For example, reading his book, I did not know that most eBooks were on optical media. I thought they were all downloads. I only learned they were physical media when speaking to him on the phone about an unrelated subject. But those are pretty minor. Dan's biggest gift is his organization and experience, to help you do the best you can while avoiding pitfalls. I recommend this book highly.

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