Homeschool Mom of 12, Historian, and Author
Ruth Ann Nordin
on March 11, 2011 :
This is a great book for someone to begin in the world of self-publishing. It discusses different places you can self-publish for free or cheap (which is important because I wasted $10,000 on vanity presses over six years and wish a book like this came to my attention when I started out in 2002 on my journey). The author gave great tips on formatting the interior file for both paperbacks and ebooks.
She also gave tips on making book covers. All I can add to what she did is to say places like www.dreamstime.com and www.shutterstock.com have royalty-free pictures ranging from $5 to $10 you can safely use on your cover. I didn't realize you couldn't use Microsoft Word's clip art on a cover, and thankfully, I haven't, though I almost did one time. So that was a very useful tip.
She also discusses ISBNs, links to useful sites, and good reasons to self-publish. She also gave a couple of marketing tips, and I have to echo her in not wanting to come off being obnoxious about having your book out there by mentioning it all the time. I like her marketing approach and think other authors can benefit from it as well.
This is a great guide for someone new at self-publishing, and the easy to understand language is a huge plus. So yes, this is worth the read, and even if you're not so new, you might learn something new.
(reviewed the day of purchase)