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11-22-2007, 09:37 PM
I need a quick crash course in self-publishing. I'm currently assisting an author who is set on self-publishing his project. He has valid reasons for doing so, including the fact that he just wants a few books for family and friends, but he does want a quality product. He does not intend to make a profit from the project.

I'm realizing, as I'm assisting him, how much my knowledge is specific to commercial publishing and how-to avoid scammers. (I've already told him that if he goes with PublishAmerica, I will have no choice but to completely disassociate myself from him and the project.)

So, what do I need to know? Covers, companies that will print, layout, etc. What are my options? Talk to me like I'm an idiot.

11-22-2007, 09:40 PM
Go to LULU and read all their directions. It's really easy and the safest bet. www.lulu.com

You can buy any amount of books and they will be about 6-8 dollars each. No strings.

11-23-2007, 02:50 AM
Thanks, Kevin.

11-23-2007, 04:59 AM
I need a quick crash course in self-publishing. . . .
Immediately buy, read, and absorb the latest edition (15th was published in 2006) of Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual. It is the bible of self-publishing and precisely the crash course you want. Also see Poynter's website, www.parapublishing.com (http://www.parapublishing.com).

You can take this advice to the bank. I have been actively associated with independent publishers, some of whom are extraordinarily skilled and accomplished, for several years, in the Northern California Publishers & Authors, www.norcalpa.org (http://www.norcalpa.org). Poynter will be the keynote speaker at the organization's conference next April. He is THE authority.