Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart have co-authored “Self-Publishing Books 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats.” Hitz and Hart are business partners and make a living by helping authors to write, publish and market their books.
“Self-Publishing Books 101” is available on Amazon in two formats — Kindle (for free) and paperback ($9.95). I’m a newcomer to the world of Kindle and recently discovered that many Kindle books are available for free. I also began self-publishing my own Kindle books recently. So when I saw this book, I snatched it up. Can’t beat that price!
Sadly, many free Kindle books are virtually worthless. It’s easy to find freebies that shouldn’t even be out there. But that is not the case with “Self-Publishing Books 101.” I like this book for several reasons. The first is this: Hitz and Hart are offering a quality book. It’s not a thinly disguised sales letter, as Kindle freebies often are. It is jam-packed with good content and could easily be sold for $5 or $10.
Kindle books are usually free for a limited time because Amazon has a program called KDP Select that allows authors to reduce the price to zero for up to 5 days every 3 months. But “Self-Publishing Books 101” is what is known as a “permafree” book – it is always free. So I commend the authors for setting an example for all writers – regardless of genre, if you’re an author and want to offer a book for free, do what these women have done – give us a book that could be sold — a real book. Don’t clutter the marketplace with garbage.
The second reason I like this book is because the content is excellent. The book does what the title tells you it will do – provide a thorough introduction to the world of self-publishing. There are three sections: Part 1, Foundation for Publishing Success, covers the initial steps of writing, editing and marketing a book. Part 2, Self-Publishing Your Book, is the heart of the book and deals with cover design issues and the various types of book formats – print, eBooks, audio books and foreign language translations. Part 3, Other Publishing Decisions, finishes with chapters on obtaining a copyright, forming an independent publishing company (if you are so inclined) and a nice summary chapter that recaps the entire book.
This book presents a comprehensive overview of self-publishing. Even though I’ve self-published five Kindle books over the past six months, I still consider myself a newbie with much to learn. This book filled in many gaps for me. So whether you are brand new to self-publishing or have some experience, this book will enable you to see the big picture of a rapidly growing industry.
Another reason I like this book is because it is well written. Both Hitz and Hart are gifted writers with the ability to provide plain English explanations. The book flows nicely from chapter to chapter. It is logically organized. And I like that every topic is explained thoroughly; repeatedly you’ll find links to additional resources.
The final reason I recommend this book is because it is written by two people who have achieved great success in the self-publishing business. Hitz is a prolific author with 35 books to her credit. Hart has also written several books. If you want to learn how to write, publish and market your own books, Hitz and Hart can help you. This book is a wonderful way to begin your training, and you’ll do well to check out the plethora of resources these women offer at www.trainingauthors.com and www.ShelleyHitz.com.
If you are new to self-publishing and need direction on how to get started, this book is a great place to start. Without reservation, I give it 5 stars. You won’t find a better introduction to self-publishing, for free or at any price. You can get it here:
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