The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2

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Book publishing is changing: this book describes how to take advantage of those changes. This Volume II is the sequel to The Self-Publishing Manual (Volume I), the most successful book ever written on the subject. This manual describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.
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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 2 by Dan Poynter

Danny O'Dell reviewed on Jan. 27, 2013
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Being new to these downloads it took some help from one of the Smashword people to guide me through the steps.

This book starts out describing the four stages a potentially successful book should go through before offering it for sale. Probably the best part of the first chapter comes when the author, Dan Poynter, lists his guiding principles for author publishers.

Each succeeding chapter builds on the precious ones with a continuation of more useful information for the budding author.
The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2 was a good investment and each time I reread it, I learn more.

This book, along with the Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker, should be the in your personal resource library. Both have an abundance of easily followed steps to writing and publishing a successful book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Lawrence W. Nason, Jr reviewed on Jan. 24, 2013

I haven't read Volume One yet but as soon as I can afford it I will. This provided me with an abundance of information on what I needed to do to self publish my own novel.I am happy to say that with the asisstance of this book and a few other self help books I will be publishing my first novel on April 1 2013.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Judy H. Wright reviewed on July 25, 2011

Hello from Montana,

Thanks Dan for telling me about Smashwords. It is always a pleasure to learn with you.

Looking forward to reading this in the car on our vacation.

Judy Helm Wright
(reviewed the day of purchase)
BillF reviewed on Feb. 11, 2011
(no rating)
This was my first ever ebook, I bought it for two reasons
1. I wanted the information contained within the book (this is the same reason everyone buys any book)
2. I wanted to see what an ebook was like to own, read, and treat as a learning tool.

The information was exactly what I need and Dan has an excellent way of presenting this material in a version of English that I can easily understand (Sadly, this is not always the case with some authors)
However I must be a dinosaur from the past as I struggled with not having a book to hold in my hands, to be able to smell and to look at on my library shelf.
We dinosaurs will eventually die off and become a thing of the past, but in the meantime I need to learn how to publish my material in the ebook format and Dan is certainly the Man.
W.(Bill) Frost
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
clearcut5 reviewed on Jan. 22, 2011

I found this book incredibly helpful. It is indispensible for authors trying to self publish. The information throughout the book is great and the bonus is the additional information at the end with lists of names and contacts for helping you every step of the way. If you are new to self publishing as I am I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Megan Creel reviewed on Jan. 7, 2011

I grabbed this book on impulse because Volume 1 was so indispensable, I thought I couldn't live without Volume 2 for e-publishing. I was disappointed, as the material was largely duplicative of Volume 1 plus the free "kits" you get when you sign up at Poynter's website. Like, word for word duplicative.

I think you could safely skip this one, providing you have Volume 1, and the freebies from the Parapublishing website.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)
Richard Denning reviewed on Jan. 2, 2010
(no rating)
I am totally new to the world of self publishing (and publishing in general), but I am finding this book very helpful in picking through the minefield.

The only caveat I have is it is (naturally) written by an American, for Americans about publishing in the States. I am in the UK so much of the material is of less relevance than it would be for an American. That said there is much of the book which is relevant and helpful and its clear and comprehensive layout is a joy to read.

Five stars if you are a US non fiction author, maybe 3 and a half or four if not in the US or a Fiction author. But well worth owning.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Brad McRae reviewed on March 6, 2009

With the current economic meltdown deciding on a publishing strategy is more difficult than ever. I have written seven books and have just completed number eight. In my career as an author, I have published with a major NY publisher, a mid-sized NY publishing house; I have worked with a major NY agent, and published several specialty books with specialty publishers. I have also self-published three books.

I want to make the best decision possible in publishing book number eight. At this time, I am still gathering and analyzing information to help me make the best decision possible. Dan Poynter’s latest book, The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume II, has provided me, and it will provide you with an extraordinary amount of up-to-date information that will help you make the best decision possible on how to publish your book, no matter what publishing format you choose, pBook (printed), eBook, or aBook (audio), or some combination of all three. This book covers critical information in four crucial areas: book publishing challenges and technological solutions, writing and producing your book, distributing your book and promoting your book.

Brad McRae, CSP, author of The 7 Strategies of Master Negotiators and Become a Master Leader
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
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