The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books. Produced by a team with long experience in both traditional and independent publishing, the over 850 resources are listed in an easy-to-use format that includes live links, phone numbers, email addresses and brief descriptive copy. The Guide makes vendors and other resources easy to find by separating them into 33 distinct categories within the 3 main tasks the self-publisher must deal with. How to Prepare, Publish, and Promote their books:
Content & Developmental Editors
Copyeditors & Proofreaders
Cover & Interior Book Designers
Illustrators & Cartoonists
Writers’ Conferences & Workshops Offering Scholarships
Grants and Funding for Writers
Professional & Trade Associations
Best Books on Writing
Print-on-Demand (POD) Printing & Distribution Services
Short Run Printers
Book Production Software
Best Books on Self-Publishing
Website Design for Authors
Social Media Consultants
Book Review Services
Press Release Services & Sources
Best Blogs on Self-Publishing
Book Blog Tours
Marketing & Publicity
Sites to List eBooks
News & Views
eBook Aggregators & Book Distributors
Writing Contests, Fellowships & Prizes
Book Awards for Self-Published Authors
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide ebook version is updated regularly to provide current information and links in the fast-changing indie publishing world, and the authors are actively soliciting input to keep listings current and comprehensive.
I have been a subscriber to Joel Fridlander’s website and newsletter for quite some time. He often has good tips for self-publishing and book marketing. So, when I receive the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance.
I really like how the book was set up with the three categories and sub-categories. It makes it easy to skip to what you want information on. This book is said to be the “largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors.” Well I do believe it delivers on its promise, there are a lot more resources you can find on-line that are just as valid. They can be found by a simple internet search.
There were also a few resources that I have heard some not so good things about. However, there are services listed that have a good reputation as well and they do warn the author at the beginning of the book to do their homework before choosing a service.
I think overall this is a good resource for authors who may not have time to do an internet search for the information. Don’t forget that no matter what agencies look good in print, be sure to ask the right questions to make sure you will get the services you really need.
I received a ebook copy for my honest review.
About Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent:
Joel Friedlander is an award-winning book designer and blogger who has been launching the careers of selfpublishers since 1994 from his book design and consulting practice at Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California. Joel is a self-published author and the blogger behind TheBookDesigner.com (thebookdesigner.com), a popular and award-winning blog on book design, book marketing, and the future of the book. Joel is also the founder of The Self- Publishing Roadmap (selfpublishingroadmap.com), a training course for authors, and TheBookMakers.com (thebookmakers.com) and BookDesignTemplates.com (bookdesigntemplates.com), where he provides tools and services for authors who publish their own books. He speaks often at publishing industry events and is a past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.
Betty Kelly Sargent is the founder of BookWorks, the Self-Publishers association (BookWorks.com), and the founder of The Educated Author (TheEducatedAuthor.com), and writes a monthly column on self-publishing for Publishers Weekly. She has spent more than 30 years in the traditional publishing business, most recently as editor-in-chief of William Morrow, where at one point she had three books on the New York Times best-seller list at once. She has also been executive editor at HarperCollins, executive editor at Delacorte Press, Fiction and Books editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, and book reviewer for CNN. She is the author of seven traditionally published books and one self-published book. She moderates panels and workshops in New York City and Los Angeles and is passionate about helping indie authors learn to navigate the ever-changing landscape of self-publishing.