In Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide, writer, editor, and publisher, Jessica Bell, does not overwhelm you with all information available—she explains exactly what one needs to know, without the faff, by following a foolproof, cost-efficient, time-efficient, extremely easy-to-follow, step-by-step, self-publishing method. By following this method, a writer can have their book go from manuscript to published book within one week. They’ll learn how to: prepare their manuscript in Microsoft Word, design their paperback and eBook cover, prepare their front/back matter and blurb, format their paperback interior & eBook, proofread their designed pages, register with desired retailers/distributors, export their eBook to a retail-ready file, and upload their paperback and eBook to retailers/distributors.
In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott says a writer needs to focus on short assignments to avoid feeling overwhelmed. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how it reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. If you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. The same applies to publishing a book. If writers focus on one aspect of the publishing process at a time, the task will seem less daunting, and piece by piece, it will come together to result in a quality product the author can sell with pride.
Not only is Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide an excellent addition to any self-publishing course, but it’s also a great primary learning tool for first-time self-publishers as it allows them to get their feet wet without committing too much time or money to the process, while simultaneously producing a quality product.
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