The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 1

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Universally acknowledged as the bible for self-publishers, this guide incorporates the latest information on the process in a new edition. Twelve chapters answer common questions and provide practical guidance on writing, design, copyrighting, printing, promotion, publicity, sales, and distribution, with one chapter devoted to technology. An appendix lists useful resources.
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About Dan Poynter

Dan Poynter is a pioneer in book writing, producing and promoting. His New Book Model or “Simultaneous Publishing” is revolutionizing the book industry and information dissemination.

He is a frequent speaker, successful publisher and renowned book publishing consultant, who has a unique, pioneering approach to marketing books—which he so generously shares.

Since 1969, Dan Poynter has written and published more than 100 books including Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's Handbook and The Expert Witness Handbook. He has also created more than 50 reports, nine audio CDs, four video programs, a dozen eBooks and more than 500 magazine articles. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Dan is an author and he is a publisher who has experienced every phase of the book publishing process. He has sold his manuscripts to other publishers, he has published other authors, he has published his own books and his books have been translated and published in seven other countries.

Dan does not just work in the book publishing business, he studies the book publishing business. He doesn't just talk about book promotion, he teaches book promotion.

He is an evangelist for books, an ombudsman for authors, an advocate for publishers and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published books.
Dan Poynter's seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in U.S. News & World Report. The media comes to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishing.

A well-known aviation speaker, Dan is a licensed pilot, a skydiver with all the ratings and a Master Parachute Rigger.

He has served as vice-president of the Publishers Marketing Association as well as president of the Parachute Industry Association, chairman of the board of the US Parachute Association and president of the international hang gliding commis¬sion.

Often described as “Mr. Publishing,” Dan Poynter shows publishers how to sell more books using some surprisingly simple marketing concepts. No one gives away more help, advice and expertise than Dan Poynter. He is a caring, sharing publisher who is dedicated to putting more than just something back into the system.

Dan shows people how to make a difference while making a living by coaching them on the writing, publishing and promoting of their book. He has turned thousands of people into successful authors.

His mission is to see that people do not die with a book still inside them.

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Reviews of The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 1 by Dan Poynter

Bill Cooper reviewed on Dec. 11, 2011
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Dan - thank you for producing the bible of book development from beginning to end. I followed each step of the way and produced a fine book. You saved me a great deal of time and effort and for the work you did here, I am truly grateful.

Bill Cooper
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Judy H. Wright reviewed on Aug. 15, 2011

Hello from beautiful Montana,

I have heard Dan speak many times, and yet I always learn something new. I could not find my original book and so when I heard him say Smashwords and on sale, I jumped on it.

This is a terrific site and great bargain on excellent information. I will be back. Not only to buy, but to list my own info-products.

Thanks Dan, for your helpful tips and techniques.

Judy H. Wright, author and keynote speaker
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Cesia Mazariegos reviewed on July 26, 2011

The Self-Publishing manual is much more than a manual. I found it to be a truly step by step guide to self-publishing. It's particularly thorough providing helpful references as to where to find even further information.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
FleetStreetPress reviewed on July 7, 2011

I had already Vol.2, which I found very useful. Although Vol. 1 was not as up to date it was definitely worth the time and money.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Megan Creel reviewed on Jan. 7, 2011

This was an invaluable resource for self-publishing, and tremendously simplified what had become a long and muddled journey.

I first read it in print at the local library, and found I needed to refer to it so often, I just downloaded to my notebook that I use for writing. It was fabulous for toggling back and forth between the work, the reference, and the recommended internet resources.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)
David DeRosa reviewed on May 19, 2010
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Not just about self-publishing, this is an eye-opening overview of the publishing industry. It's a good place to start for anyone interested in learning the business.

Geared mainly for the non-fiction writer, it also holds many useful gems to dispel the fantasy that we fiction writers too often carry into our first attempts at publishing.

Highly recommended.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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