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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Review: Self Publishing Secrets

Self Publishing Secrets is a recent addition to WCCL's range of electronic courses for writers, which also includes my own Quick Cash Writing and Write Any Book in Under 28 Days. It is written by the prolific UK author Carol Ann Strange, who also happens to be a former colleague from my days as a freelance tutor for The Writers Bureau.

SPS (as I'll call it from now on) is available as an instant download. What you get for your money is a 140-page-plus searchable manual. As you'd expect from a WCCL production, it's attractively designed and professionally written and edited.

When you launch SPS, the Index page will open. This sets out the entire contents of the manual, with links to the main chapters and all the sub-sections (there are getting on for 100 of these). You can return here from any other page of the manual by clicking on 'Back to Main' at the foot of every page. Incidentally, you can also search for any term in the manual by clicking on the search icon at the very top of the screen.

The manual is divided into nine chapters as follows: Introduction, Welcome to Self Publishing, Preparing Your Book for Publication, Going Into Print, Handling Your Book's Sales and Distribution, How to Market Your Book Successfully, Using the Power of the Web to Promote Your Book, How to Increase Your Self Publishing Profits, and Resources.

SPS makes a persuasive case for self publishing as an alternative to seeking out a conventional publisher. In particular, the author points out that self publishing is NOT the same as vanity press. Modern print-on-demand and e-book technology has made self publishing for profit a realistic and achievable target for many writers. And, as Carol Ann points out, a growing number of authors have self published initially then had their books picked up and bought for large sums by mainstream publishers.

Where SPS is particularly strong is in the advice it offers about promoting and marketing your book. The manual is packed with ideas for getting publicity (and sales), and really does fire you up with enthusiasm for getting your book out there and embarking on your first publicity tour! Inevitably, it can't go into the same degree of detail when it comes to exactly how you turn your manuscript into an attractive-looking book, though it does set out all the important points you will need to consider.

Overall, I am happy to recommend Self Publishing Secrets to any author who wants to get an insight into self publishing their work, especially as it is currently on sale at the ultra-low offer price of just $25.95, or around 14 UK pounds.

However, I like to make sure readers of my blog always get the best deal going, so if you order via one of the links in this review, I'm going to throw in not one but TWO extra bonus items of my own. First of all, you'll get a copy of my exclusive 2,500-word report on how I self-published my e-book Fifty Great Ideas for Creative Writing Teaching on the top self-publishing site Lulu.com. Starting from a finished Microsoft Word manuscript, it took me just a morning to sign up at Lulu and complete the entire e-book publishing process. In my report I reveal exactly how I did it, with some very important hints and tips for publishing your own e-book at Lulu along the way.

And not only that, I'll send you a free copy of Fifty Great Ideas for Creative Writing Teaching too. This e-book is intended for teachers and writers who work in schools, but the exercises it contains could equally be used by adult writers groups and individuals. More importantly, though, you will see the actual e-book I refer to in my report in its finished form. If you want to dip your toe into self-publishing, an e-book is the quickest and easiest way to do it. My free bonuses will show you EXACTLY how to do this on the world's favourite self-publishing website!

To claim your bonuses, just forward a copy of your order confirmation email for Self Publishing Secrets to me at SPS-at-nickdaws.co.uk (change the -at- to the usual @ sign). Please put FREE BONUS CLAIM in the subject line. I will check your order details and send you your bonus items, normally within 24 hours.

Happy self publishing!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Suzie said...

Hi Nick,

Great info, thanks.
I have just reviewed Carols website WTM on my blog. Well worth joining!

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Long Harmattan Season said...

I recently published my first book (The Long Harmattan Season) and have decided to blog about my experiences as a first time independently published author. You can follow my musings at http://thelongharmattanseason.blogspot.com/

10:39 AM  

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