Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Must Have Resource For Both Beginner and Advanced Self-publishers


If you've written a book, or are thinking about it, this book is a must read. The authors describe the process of writing and publishing including tips on writing your book, formatting for publication, using a variety of publication avenues, and getting your book to readers. They even include a section on how to build a social media platform.

If you're a beginner, the first chapters on how to get your book ready for publication are probably the most immediately important. However, I suggest reading the entire book so you have a roadmap of where you're going. Don't let some of the more technical chapters frighten you, once you get into the process you'll realize how valuable these chapters are.

My favorite chapter for the advanced self-publisher is the on how to convert your file. There are many different ways to go depending on your goals for distribution, and your level of experience. Some conversion methods are easier than others. Amazon Kindle tries to make it as easy as possible for fiction books. I found the caveats for nonfiction authors extremely useful. This chapter is worth the price of the book.

The text of this book also showcases how to use the features of ebooks, particularly Kindle. It's extremely helpful to be able to click on a link in the book and visit the website, or page under consideration. I was impressed. The website for APE also has very useful information.

I highly recommend this book for all writers. Even if you plan to use a traditional publisher this book can give you insight into the publishing industry and considering the changes that are happening every day, you may want to eventually consider self-publishing.

APE How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasake and Shawn Welch

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.