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Frequently Asked Questions


Can you give me some advice about self-publishing a book?

Wow, there is no short answer to that question, in fact entire books are devoted to answering your question. Although potentially daunting, independently publishing a book is not "rocket science". Thus, with clear vision of your goals, understanding the process, and perseverance, it can be successfully done, even by someone with no prior knowledge of the publishing world. It will be a lot of work, but rewarding.

I have pulled together a list of some of the resources I have found helpful since I was first asked to write a book in 1997. I would start by going to your public library to check out Judith Appelbaum's book How to Get Happily Published in order to read a good overview of the entire industry (both publishing independently and by a large publishing house). If you decide to go ahead with writing and publishing yourself, learn many of the details from books by Tom Poynter and John Kremer. There is much helpful and free information available on their web sites (see below). In addition, both of these authors regularly hold workshops around the country on how to publish and market your book. Ask you local library if there is a group of local authors who could also give you advice and encouragement.

That should get you started. I wish you much success and enjoyment of the process.

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

faq posted 7/05

Self-Publishing Resources - Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Authors Guild
Book Expo of America (BEA) - publishing industry's trade show
National Writer's Union
Publishers' Marketing Association (PMA) -helpful newsletter and benefits for independent publishers; authors may also join
Small Publishers' Association of North American (SPAN

Appelbaum, Judith - How to Get Happily Published: A Complete and Candid Guide, HarperCollins, New York, 1998.
Bookmasters Publishing Guide - available free
Poynter, Dan - The Self-Publishing Manual, How to Write, Print & Sell Your Own Book, Para Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA
Ross, Tom and Marilyn Ross - The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything you need to know to write, publish, promote and sell your own book, Writer's Digest Books, 1994.
Wiesner, Karen S - Electronic Publishing: The Most Complete Reference to Non-Subsidy E-Publishing (updated annually)
Zackheim, Sarah Parsons - Getting Your Book Published: For Dummies, IDG Books Worldwide, New York, 2000.

Helpful Web sites:
E-books and Print-on-Demand resources (examples, not inclusive):


www.lightningsource.com ,

John Kremer (self-publishing guru)
Dan Poynter (self-publishing guru) http://parapub.com/getpage.cfm?file=/infokit.html
Ordering ISBN numbers from RK Bowker - www.isbn.org
PMA Publishing University (held before BEA)
US Copyright Office
US Library of Congress (for card catalog number)

Promotion Resources (examples, not inclusive):
Kremer, John - 1001 Ways to Market Your Book, Open Horizons, Fairfield, IA, 2000.
Levinson, Frishman, & Larsen - Guerilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work, Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001.
www.MarketAbility.com - PR firm for self-published authors

Legal Advice regarding Intellectual Property:
The Publishing Law Center, Lloyd Rich, Attorney at Law


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