There’s no beginning disclaimer for this post. It’s a little different to the usual Recently Read posts I do, in that it wasn’t read so recently – I think it was December – and it’s a dual purpose post. Not only do I want to let you know about the book, but it’s also an opening to the ever nearer possibility that is self publishing for me and Shallow Waters.
Firstly, lets look at the book.
Self Printed – Catherine Ryan Howard.
The only self-publishing guide with a No Saying “Gatekeepers” rule, now fully revised and expanded
Do you think that no one has the right to stand between you and your published writer dreams? That the publishing industry is going down in flames and self-publishers are going to rise like a 99c phoenix from the ashes? That all literary agents are interested in doing is blogging sarcastically about the rhetorical question at the start of your query letter, that editors will just use your submitted manuscript for kindling and that you’ll be senile before you hear back from either of them? That once you’ve uploaded the book you finished yesterday afternoon to Amazon, it’ll be mere minutes before the money starts rolling in and you can quit your day job? Do you say things like “gatekeepers”, “The Big Six”, “E.L. James”, “legacy publishing” and “indie author” a lot? Are you self-publishing to “show them all”?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions then I do apologise, but this isn’t the book for you.
This book is for writers who consider self-publishing to be a good Plan B, or even a sideline to traditional publication. Who want to do it the cheapest and easiest way possible while still producing a quality product. Who understand that much like Starbucks outlets and Nespresso coffee machines, traditional and self-publishing can peacefully co-exist. Writers who know that they don’t have to sell a million copies of their book to start earning a living from their writing, but that they do have to work hard and treat it like a business. Who are blessed with common sense and live in the real world at least most of the time. Who find my jokes funny, at least occasionally.
If this sounds like you, then Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing may be just the “How To…” guide you were looking for.
It will tell you everything you need to know in order to publish a Print On Demand paperback and e-book, and (crucially) sell them, without sounding like anti-Big Publishing propaganda produced by the Ministry of Truth.
Be warned: you are now entering a No Saying “Gatekeepers” Zone…
This book was recommended to me by good friend, Mel Sherratt, who has had great success with her self published novels. Now don’t get me wrong, she didn’t get that success by following any how-to book, she did it with having written great books. This book however, does what it says on the tin, or the blurb if you will.
Catherine’s book is set out in a friendly, but no nonsense kind of way. As you read on the blurb, self publishing isn’t about being on one side of the fence or the other, it’s about a decision and then helping you do that in the best way possible, as long as you’re willing to work at it.
I love how this book talked to me. The common sense and levelheadedness and I found it incredibly helpful and full of idea’s I can actually implement. I’m still in the agent query process, but self publishing my work is a completely viable option for me and when I make that final decision, I shall be going back to this book and reading it from cover to cover again.
I write, I’d love people to read my work, and one day I hope they will. I’m also prepared to put in the hard work to achieve that, in whatever capacity.
You can find Catherine blogging here.
Is there a non-fiction book you treasure and read time and again?