I put my highlighter away because the whole book was turning yellow. This guide to "profitable" self-publishing is just that. It's about making money as an author, as an expert, as a business. It's for authors who want to make money and for businesspeople who want to write a book to promote their businesses. It's inspiring as well as informative with actionable steps you can take to make your book sell. It also includes interviews with successful nonfiction authors so you can see how they did it and follow in their footsteps no matter if you self-publish, are on track to publishing with an agent and a traditional publishing house, or if you're working out a hybrid deal. There are a lot of great ideas in this book and the reader resources are invaluable. They're linked in the Kindle edition so you might want to grab the book in both print and ebook formats.
The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan took me much longer to read than usual—because I kept stopping to implement the amazing suggestions the authors made.
If you are planning to publish in the next 12 months or if you have already published your book—as I have—get this book!!! It will save you time, money, and frustration! Even eighteen months after publishing my book, I found a huge number of ideas that I can implement now.
Stephanie and Karl, thank you for sharing your in-depth and timely expertise!
Susan J. Mecca, author of “The Gift of Crisis: Finding your best self in the worst of times.” Drsusanmecca.com
While I made my headline about nonfiction authors, I dare to say it is required reading for anyone in the nonfiction book industry. Never has there been such a comprehensive, generous, and easily used book written about this topic.
As a ghostwriter/editor/coach for nonfiction authors, part of my work is teaching my clients about the industry. Far too many providers in this field take advantage of ignorance - instead of being transparent about what it takes to make a nonfiction book a success. If you are a future author, beware of any company or individual who offers "rose colored glasses" about what it takes to make a book profitable. It is NOT easy. With this book from Stephanie Chandler, the task is easier.
Specific Things I Liked About this Book
The book is well organized and thought out. If you already know a lot about nonfiction publishing, you still want to get this book. I guarantee - with no doubt - you will find things you did not know before. Even if you know almost all of it, this carefully structured book is a great resource for to keep on your book shelf for easy reference. However you have your current knowledge organized, I would be willing to bet accessing the information in this book will make the information easier to find.
She included personal stories of published authors. When one of them was asked if there is anything the author would do differently in their next book, I was happy to see this statement: "I'd be more cognizant of who my true audience might be." In my work, I find only a few book authors who have done this task well. Believe me when I tell you, identifying your target reader is crucial to book sales and profits from being a book author. I use the handle "profit ready book" in my marketing. Doing this one thing, knowing your target reader, is probably the most important thing an author should do for making money.
I could write a book length review of the Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan because I found it so useful. I will end my review with this statement: If you purchase the book to only get the checklists and systems in it, you will save a ton of hassle, time and money. There is no reason why you wouldn't want to purchase this book if you are serious about being a book nonfiction author.
Disclosure: I was given an advance copy of this book as a beta reader. However, I also purchased a digital version for my Kindle. Don't let the fact I got a free copy sway your acceptance of my positive review.
This is a very comprehensive book on publishing your nonfiction book! It is packed with many tips that I have never thought of, and it includes useful strategies for every stage of the process (before your write, during, and after writing your book). I found the interviews with successful writers to be especially useful. This is a remarkable and useful book, and I highly recommend it. Please mark if you find my review helpful. Thank you so much!
I spent quite some time going through this Kindle book and there are quite a few things I appreciated, one was that this book had applicable an practical strategies. I have been reading Stephanie's books for years now and one thing that she does is give strategies that you can actually go and implement. The second thing that I really liked was chapter 4, which was "Choose a Niche Audience". That's something that I really wanted to learn how to do better because when I release a book, I want to capitalize on the niche audiences and categories on Amazon and this book really went into that. Overall, the book was great and the specifics is where the best parts were.
An excellent book for anyone that is or wants to be a non-fiction author. The book is filled with valuable information focused on the publishing process for non-fiction books. Usually writing books focus on fiction and tell you these procedures will also work for non-fiction. This book is precisely the opposite. It says what works for non-fiction. I have never read another book so focused on non-fiction. The well-written book has information that explains how to implement the process if I want. Once read this book is a resource to keep on my bookshelf for future reference.
In this wonderful book, Stephanie Chandler and Karl W. Palachuk brought together an incredible depth of information and guidance on publishing a nonfiction book. I have never seen another resource that covers all aspects of publishing to this extent and in a manner that is so easily understood. As someone who’s tried to tackle some of these tasks on my own in the past, I deeply appreciated the detailed steps the authors laid out. And, in addition to advice on publishing your work, Stephanie and Karl gave great advice for building the platform of readers that will receive the book and how to leverage the book into increased attention for the rest of your business.
This book will be an invaluable resource for people new to publishing and for those who’ve tried to figure things out themselves in the past and still have much to learn.
I was honored to receive an ARC copy for review and am now recommending that other authors buy this book.
I'd been looking at self-publishing as a "stepping stone" to signing with a traditional publisher. However, this book has me re-evaluating whether that's still the best route for me to take.
The publishing world has changed dramatically over the past decade such that the cachet and (supposed) wider distribution provided by traditional publishers is no longer an automatic draw. Chandler and Palachuk provide strategies for not just writing and marketing non-fiction books, but also developing multiple related products and income streams based on those books. They intersperse explanations regarding current trends in self-publishing and tips for how to make the most of your writing with interviews with people who have succeeded using these methods. I like how the interviews keep the information from being merely theoretical and make it real.
As both an author and a business owner, after reading this, I'm now far more confident that self-publishing is the way to go.
This book covers a wide range of topics that authors need to understand if they want to self-publish a high-quality nonfiction book and attract their ideal readers: editing, design, printing, publicity, and more. Stephanie and Karl share anecdotes from their personal experience as authors, which is helpful because they represent two different paths and genres. The book also features interviews with other authorpreneurs about their self-publishing journeys and how their books have helped them grow their businesses. Full disclosure: I know Stephanie though my involvement as a chapter leader in the Nonfiction Authors Association and received an advance review copy. I found Stephanie and Karl's book valuable enough to buy the Kindle version, which I'm using as a reference as I prepare to launch my nonfiction book. There are so many details involved in publishing a book, and I want to get it right.
Just finished this book, and it's the only book I've found about self publishing exclusively for nonfiction authors. There is a brief section on working with a publisher, as well, which covers the subject in general and is informative. The authors cover everything you can imagine in nonfiction self-publishing, showing they really care about helping us authors publish our work successfully. No frills, no pies in the sky, just the facts generously supplemented with personal experience and interviews with authors. If you are considering self-publishing, get your hands on a copy of this book.
If you are a nonfiction author, consider joining the Nonfiction Authors Association, created by Stephanie Chandler and packed with helpful information in multiple formats.