I've read a lot of good books over the years, too many to list here, but there are a few that really stand out of the crowd. My tastes in fiction run from science fiction through fantasy and supernatural genres. Not surprisingly, these are the genres I write in.
My choice of non-fiction invariably centres upon writing and publishing. Marketing your work, whether that be fiction or non-fiction, ebooks or printed books, remains an important part of the publishing process. I've chosen and listed below the books that I've found the most useful.
Packed solid with practical suggestions, How to Publish and Promote Online, is a must read for all those wanting to use the net to increase book sales. In addition to the chapters by M.J. Rose and Angela Adair-Hoy, the book includes success stories from other prominent online authors. I found a lot of good ideas in this book (there are over 500 links).
Reviews: Anyone interested in e-books or e-publishing should read this informative -- and ground-breaking -- guide.
John Kremer (editor of the Book Marketing Update) describes more than 1,000 ideas, tips and suggestions for marketing books -- all illustrated with real-life examples showing how other authors and publishers have marketed their books. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books also includes a chapter on how authors can capitalize on the increased recognition a book gives their work.
Reviews: This book has helped us sell many books - it's loaded with ideas for authors and publishers. It could take a lifetime to follow up on all the recommendations and suggestions that John Kremer has provided. If you're an author -- buy it, read it, and then read it again and again. Great stuff.
....Ted Lea, author of "When I Grow Up I'm Going to be a Millionaire
All-By-Yourself Self-Publishing is a detailed step by step guide to the process of creating a book from the initial idea to marketing. I've read a number of books on the theme of self-publishing, but most fall short of the mark by being vague or too general. David Li's book covers each stage thoroughly. He doesn't assume the reader is an idiot, and he covers areas often overlooked such as CIP data and what to do if your book is ineligible.
Reviews: Plenty of titles tell how one can self-publish, but few provide the step-by-step approach of a title which discusses everything from typesetting and illustrating, to pricing the book and marketing. The author's background in self-publishing six previous titles serves as a foundation for this practical guide, which stresses budgeting and cash management as much as getting a title in print.
....Midwest Book Review
The well known "bible" of book information is now even better. Now available in its twelfth edition, over 30% of the book has changed. The Self-Publishing Manual really hits its stride as it details a time-tested system for following through after the book is done-to let potential readers know the book exists.
Reviews: Now in it's 12th edition, Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual is the seminal, benchmark publication which is "must" reading for anyone contemplating publishing a book.
Learn how to get your book into print quickly and easily by going direct and cutting out the middlemen, including getting the copyright for your own book, setting up your own publishing company, and benefiting from the tax breaks. Equally important is learning the secrets of low-cost book promotion, the (sometimes shocking) facts about advertising, setting up a distribution system, promoting your book with feature articles and radio/television interviews, spinning off electronic editions (including selling your information on-line and on CD-ROM).
....Midwest Book Review
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