The Self-Publishing Manual

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Para Publishing, Nov 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 436 pages
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Large Print Edition of this Popular Book Why Not Publish Yourself? Wouldn't you rather make more money, get to press sooner and keep control of your work? This manual is your complete reference for writing, printing, publishing, promoting, marketing and distributing books. Whether you are promoting a published book or plan to write and publish one soon, you will refer to this manual again and again. You will discover how easy it is to: .Build your book rather than just write it-and copyright it in your name. .Multipurpose your book into downloadable, CD and ebook versions. .Wring maximum value out of your book by spinning off audiotapes, videotapes, magazine excerpts, foreign-language editions and more. .Bypass the publishers and go direct to a short-run book printer. .Set up your own publishing company and take the tax breaks. .Promote your books with email, book reviews, autographings, feature articles and radio/TV interviews. .Get your book into chain bookstores, online bookstores, specialty stores and catalogs. .Use the Internet for promotion. Appendix 2 has over 40 pages of valuable resources complete with email and Web site addresses.This is the first book I recommend to those considering becoming a publisher. -Jan Nathan, Executive Director, Publishers Marketing Association One essential ingredient to our Chicken Soup success was consulting with Dan Poynter in the early stages. -Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul series Dan Poynter has generously guided thousands to authorship. Their books make this a better world. -Dr. Robert Muller, Past Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and author of 2000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World Dan Poynter is the author of more than 80 books. His 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 come to him because he is the leading authority on how to write, publish and promote books. This best-selling manual on self-publishing has shown thous- ands of people the faster, surer way to break into print. What are you waiting for?

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This is by far the most informatative manual that I have ever used. I commend Dan Poynter for educating me on "how to write, print, and sell [my] own book." From start to finish, this book was used as my ONLY resource. It's because of this book that my book, He's not perfect. I'm not perfect. But together we're ... Picture Perfect is published. (  

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Dan Poynter was born on September 17, 1938. He received a bachelor's degree in social science from California State University, Chico. He worked in the aviation industry as a parachute-designer. When he went looking for a book on the then-emerging sport of hang gliding and couldn't find one, he decided to publish his own book on the subject. He was one the earliest advocates of quality self-publishing. He wrote more than 130 books during his lifetime including Hang Gliding and The Self-Publishing Manual. He founded Para Publishing in 1969. The company focused on technical books and manuals about sky-diving and parachute design. The company eventually expanded its list to include books on a variety of topics including self-publishing and writing. He was a founding member of the Publishers Marketing Association (now called the Independent Book Publishers Association). In 1992, he received the organization's Benjamin Franklin Person of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. He died after a long illness on November 3, 2015 at the age of 77.

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