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1. Armed with the right information, you can
economically self-publish a quality book
without signing a contract
2. You can learn the proper steps to finding a
literary agent who will help you secure
a book deal with a traditional publisher
at no cost to you.
Now, back to why you are here:
You don't need to sign a contract
to self-publish your book...EVER.
Stop vanity publishers in their tracks. How?
Buy your own ISBN.

Authors who plan to self-publish can buy their own ISBNs 
without being incorporated. In other words, you don't have to
start your own publishing company.
You can self-publish your book without signing a contract and print for less with the same printer most vanity publishers use. How? Buy your own ISBN. Result: you enjoy 100% of the profits and control all the rights to your book (including the publishing rights*). 
*Bottom line $Bonus: Owning the publishing rights means you can print for up to 50% less at the same printer used by publishers like Author House, Xlibris, Iuniverse, Xulon Press and the list goes on.
Red Flag: You forfeit your publishing rights when you buy a vanity publisher's package with a "unique ISBN." Don't fall for the package deal—that unique ISBN won't be yours and it will cost you dearly. To make matters worse: if you don't own the ISBN, you won't own the publishing rights to your book and you will not be a self-published author. You will just be another victim of the vanity press trap (paying too much for a so-so book). A vanity publisher's profit hinges on convincing you to use their "assigned" ISBN. Don't do it. Buy your own ISBNs.
Big red flagno distributor will touch your book if you don't own the ISBN. You will be on your own.
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"Hey publisher guy. I'm using my own ISBN...period. 
If you won't let me use my own ISBN, I'll find a publisher who will. 
It's my money, not yours. Get over it." 

 Any self-publisher can buy ISBNs directly from Bowker, the official dispenser of ISBNs in the U.S. (You don't need to buy the barcode—your cover designer will provide the barcode).
♦♦ I won't publish your book, but I will show you how to do it yourself. 
Here you can learn to do four critical things:
(1)  Uncover secrets online publishers don't want you to know.  
(2)  Self-publish your book at a reasonable cost (and maintain complete control).
(3)  Bypass vanity publishers and self-publish your book without signing a contract.
(4) can GO FOR THE GOLD (a book deal with a traditional publisher). You won't need your own ISBN if you get a book deal.

Important reminder to authors who want to self-publish:
A vanity publisher will not let you use your own ISBN to self-publish your book. They all want to assign* one to you. There is no such thing as an "assigned" ISBN. If they provide the ISBN, it is not yours—it's theirs and you will lose money. How? The ISBN will identify your title sure enough, but it will also identify the vanity outfit as the publisher of record which means you will pay them up to twice as much just to print your book (printing goes through the publisher). Buy your own ISBN and you become the publisher and control all the profits from your book sales. You pay for printing, everything else goes into your pocket.
*An "assigned" ISBN means that publisher will pocket money on every book you print from now on (and they won't have a dime invested in your work—you will pay for the whole enchilada). By the way, inflated retail pricing is how these vanity folks make most of their money along with selling you unnecessary services you don't really need. I'm a broken record—buy your own ISBN and you can set the retail price for your book.
I'll say it again: buy your own ISBN and kick vanity publishers to the curb. You can self-publish a book that meets modern publishing industry standards, without sacrificing quality, without signing a contract and without getting a second mortgage.

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"Why did I let them talk me into using that assigned ISBN?"
"They said I could get a whole package* for $999. They said I could get a free, assigned ISBN, cover design and interior layout, and a total of 10 free books. They said my book would be "available" in all 25,000 bookstores in the U.S. Later I learned that only meant someone could walk in and order it in a bookstore. Then I found out, for that same amount of money, if I had used my own ISBN, I could have received better cover design, better interior layout and at least 100 edited and delivered books. That vanity rep forgot to tell me that $999 vanity publisher package doesn't even include editing or shipping. And, like I already said, I didn't see my book on any bookshelf anywhere. I guess nation-wide distribution doesn't mean what they led me to believe."

*Always be ready to pay more, and get less, with a package deal. 
I can direct you to the few publishers who will treat you right and  I'll steer you away from publishers who will help you max out your credit cards with unnecessary services you don't need. 
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I can show you steps to a book deal with a traditional publisher
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*Coaching is only $25 and comes with 
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Follow my advice and no publisher can take advantage of you.
*Coaching is a one-time investment and, for a limited time,
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*If I don't save you serious money, I will gladly refund every penny. I enjoy helping new authors avoid the vanity press trap

I will show you which publishers to avoid and which publishers will provide affordable, professional publishing services without requiring you to sign a contract. I will help you safely navigate what Ron Pramschufer calls "the self-publishing minefield."
A good place to start your free DIY research is:
The Should I self-publish? page. It will give you a quick overview of your publishing options. Remember: self-publishing your book will not hinder you from landing a traditional publishing contract later on. 

Read why at: Traditional Publishing Versus Self-publishing.
Read the simple steps to self-publish your book on the How to Self-publish page.

Then go to
First Things First
and take the first step on your journey to become a published author. Very few first-time authors take this step. Successful people have one unique attribute: they are willing to do what others never get around to. 
Updated March 21, 2015