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 In a nutshell, this website will help you do two simple things:
1. Armed with the information you will find here, you can
economically self-publish a quality book
that meets modern publishing industry standards
without signing a contract
2. You can learn the proper steps to secure a
literary agent who will help you land
a book deal with a traditional publisher...
at no cost to you.  
NOTE: Contray to an old wive's tale, self-publishing first does not hinder or limit your chances of landing a publishing contract with one of the big boys later on. It is happening every day for successful, self-published authors. Check out my Should I Self-publish page to learn more.
Understand from the outset...
You don't need to sign a contract
to self-publish your book...ever.
You can stop vanity publishers in their tracks
and eliminate any need to sign a contract. 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.
*Bottom line Bonus: Buying and using your own ISBN means you will own the publishing rights to your book and that 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. 
 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).

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I can show you how to:
Self-publish your own book
without signing a contract
(and keep all the profits)
Go for that book deal with a traditional publisher.
FYI: Most people who visit my website are interested in landing a book deal with a traditional publisher. Getting a book deal is a major challenge. Self-publishing first will not lessen your chances of getting a contract with one of the big boys. That is an old wive's tale. Actually, self-publishing is a good way to get noticed by a major publisher. If your self-published book sells, trust me, they will be watching. More and more publishers (and literary agents) are contacting and offering contracts to authors whose self-published books are selling. It happened to a personal friend of mine. Check out my Should I Self-publish page to learn more.
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 a quality book without signing a contract.
(4) can GO FOR THE GOLD (a book deal with a traditional publisher)
If you dream of a contract with a traditional publisher:
I'll critique and help you tweak your (one-page only) query letter, then look at your book proposal and offer suggestions.
*(Included with paid personal coaching service)    
 *Personal coaching service ($25) includes personal help beginning with your manuscript in Word, to finished books shipped to your door  
I can show you steps to a book deal with a traditional publisher.
Or you can just order the book for $10.99 plus $3 shipping and learn everything you need to know to self-publish or go for a book deal.
Now in stock and ready for online purchase with my personal guarantees:
1. "Read this book and no publisher can take advantage of you."
2. "You will save an average of $500 when you self-publish your book."
3. "You can also learn the proper steps to help you land a book deal
with a traditional publishing house."
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GET PUBLISHED Without Getting Ripped Off  will show you which publishers to avoid and reveal the few publishers who will provide affordable, professional publishing services without requiring you to sign a contract. It 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 important step. Successful people have one unique attribute: they are willing to do what others never get around to. 
Updated June 28, 2015