Book Review of Dan Poynter's "Self-Publishing Manual Vol 2"

Once you pick it up, you won't lay it aside!

If you are looking for sound advice on creating, self-publishing, and marketing your own book(s) today, this is the bible according to an expert.
If you are looking for sound advice on creating, self-publishing, and marketing your own book(s) today, this is the bible according to an expert. | Source

Looking for a mentor for your first or next book, and thinking of self-publishing? Don't miss this book!

I recently wrote a review for Amazon of Dan Poynter's book Self-Publishing Manual Vol 2 and I gave it 4 stars (out of 5) because it really should be used as a reference along with his Volume 1 of the same title.

This important update of his Volume 1 is designed to guide writers into the updated world of self-publishing as it was in 2014's Second Edition.

Admittedly the self-publishing field has seen enormous changes in favor of authors, not just since his Volume 1 was originally published in 1979 with new copyrights and printings in the intervening years before Volume 2 first arrived on the scene in 2009, but also in the five years to the revised Volume 2 in 2014.

Used together, the two volumes can guide you step by step through the creation, printing, and marketing of your own book. Better yet, Volume 2 will update your skills and the ease of self-publishing for a maximum effectiveness in today's competitive market, whether you are writing a family history for a limited audience, or tomorrow's best seller in fiction or non-fiction.

Dan Poynter's manuals start at the creation stage because there are things you can and ought to do as you start researching and writing your book. He provides a checklist that keeps the project on track from start to finish, along with resources and helps available to you.

When it comes time to self-publish (or not) answers to such questions as the choice of printers, paper, covers, editing, number of copies and pricing, all are answered with experienced advice for professionals and neophytes alike.

If you are considering self-publishing, read this Volume 2 and make an informed decision. It can be done, and it can be done much more professionally by knowing the nuts and bolts of how to do it today.

Besides, there are numerous advantages financially and otherwise, to be found in self-publishing, and those are the theme of Poynter's two manuals on this subject.

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Copyright 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Thanks to Dan Poynter....

My Vol.I and Vol.II Combined, and Poynter's original volume which led to his Vol 2.
My Vol.I and Vol.II Combined, and Poynter's original volume which led to his Vol 2. | Source

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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

There is so much more to this book on self-publishing, and this review could have covered more topics that are key to the process (how to get the book's ISBN number and barcode, how to market at no or minimum cost, how to create your ebook, large print books, etc.)

But if this short review merely introduces you to its availability, it has already provided an invaluable service, and may have saved you time, effort, frustration, and money.

If you are even thinking about one day self-publishing, check it out.


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I have added a photo of my latest book and Dan Poynter's original volume. Mine is a little thicker than his (at 457 pages, not counting the index/dedication/etc. pages.

Formatting and editing are laborious but necessary. The payoff? You own the whole book, and what comes next is the marketing his Vol. 2 also helps with.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

With everything as fast-paced as it is now, anything user friendly benefits us all.

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