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In a nutshell, this website will help you do two simple things:
1. Armed with the right information, 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: If your self-published book sells well, you may get a surprise contact from a traditional publisher without the help of a literary agent (it happened to a friend of mine). Don't be afraid to self-publish.
You don't have to sign a contract
to self-publish a quality book:
Understand from the outset...
You don't need to sign a contract
to self-publish your book...ever.
and eliminate any need to sign a contract. How?
Buy your own ISBN...
of ISBNs in the United States.
You don't have to start a publishing company:
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.*
*(If you want to start your own publishing company,
I can guide you through the simple steps to start an LLC for only $75.)
*Bottom line Bonus: Buying and using your own ISBN means you will own the publishing rights to your book and 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.
Don't forfeit your publishing rights:
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.
Big red flag: No distributor will touch your book if you don't own the ISBN. You will be on your own.
There's no such thing as a "Free ISBN."
Note: A vanity publisher's profit hinges on convincing you to use their so-called free, "assigned" ISBN. Don't do it. It's not free—it's cost is hidden in that package deal. Buy your own ISBNs and save.
"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.
◊ Any author who wants to self-publish a book 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).
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) Or...you can GO FOR THE GOLD (a book deal with a traditional publisher).
If you dream of a contract with a traditional publisher:
*(Included with paid personal coaching service)
*Personal coaching service ($25) includes personal help beginning with how to submit your manuscript in Word, to finished books shipped to your door and I will put you in the hands of one of the few publishers who will not require you to sign a contract
I will show you steps to give you the best chance to land a book deal with a traditional publisher.
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."
(116 pages at $10.99 plus $3 shipping)
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." My book will make you bullet-proof from online publishers who shamelessly target, and rip off, new authors who don't understand the business end of publishing.
A good place to start your free DIY research is:
The First Things First page. 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.
One last thing: You should seriously consider creating a book proposal for your non-fiction book. Not writing a book proposal is one of the top ten mistakes new authors make. Literary agents and publishers only look at book proposals. If you want a book deal, a book proposal is not an option.
Updated October 4, 2015