This Website is chuck full of self-publishing help. If you don't find the information you need, email me and I'll find it for you at no charge (no strings attached).
"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 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 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.
*Personal coaching service includes personal help beginning with how to put your manuscript into Word, to finished books shipped to your door or...I can show you how to properly pursue a book deal with a traditional publisher (all for a one-time $40 investment).
*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 September 1, 2014