Book Review-The Self Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

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What’s the hardest part of becoming a self-publisher? Figuring out who’s who, what’s what, and where and how to find the right resources to make your book the best it can be.

So reads the introduction of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. and truer words could not have been spoken. Self-publishing is hard work and getting your book finished is just the beginning.  What is the first thing you should do?

If you’ve ever wished for a simple, easy resource filled with answers for all (or most) of your questions about self-publishing, your wish has just been granted.

Authors Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent have combined their talents and efforts to produce The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. The authors promise to simplify the process of finding the right people and services to help you self-publish and they deliver on that promise.

The book is organized like a well-stocked library with three main categories:

  1. Prepare
  2. Publish
  3. Promote

Within each category are lists of providers for the services you’re most likely to need at each stage of publication. For example, you’ll find sub-categories for  formatting experts, editors, cover designers and illustrators; even translators and writing software in the Prepare section.

Are you ready to publish? Check out the Publish section of this library-between-soft-covers for information on everything from eBook conversion and print-on-demand to book production software and short-run printers.

The Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide is jam-packed with information and links to over 850 resources, no matter where you (or your book) are on the journey to publication. If you buy only one resource book this year, check out this book.

Can you self-publish without it? Sure you can.

But why would you want to?

About the Book

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.

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.

The book is available at

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About the Authors

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Joel Friedlander is an award-winning book designer and blogger who has been launching the careers of self-publishers 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, 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, a training course for authors, and and, 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.

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Betty Kelly Sargent is the founder of BookWorks, the Self-Publishers association, and the founder of The Educated Author, and writes a monthly column on self-publishing for Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the Independent Editors Group (EIG) and 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.

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