Review: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

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Review:
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory – To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books
Joel Friedlander & Betty Kelly Sargent
ISBN-13: 978-0936385365

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide bills itself as “the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books.” It has “over 850 resources 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.”

In other words, it’s a book of lists, from different types of editors to ebook conversion services to website designers. And for this book to be useful, you have to be willing to trust the expertise of the authors who compiled the lists, or at least prefer to pick one of their choices than do your own research. In that respect, I’m not sure this book is for everyone. Mostly it feels like a website that has been made into a book, which put me in mind of the early days of the internet when there were so few places to visit, you could find them with the Yellow Pages.

Remember using this? I do.

The authors claim that the ebook version of the book will be “updated regularly to provide current information and links in the fast-changing indie publishing world,” which again seems like something a website is more suited to, but perhaps this is an easier way to monetize this sort of curation. More power to them.

Bottom line: If you’d prefer a list of vendors who have been vouched for by two experts in the field, this book might be for you. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, there’s nothing in this book you can’t find online with enough searching or with a recommendation from other writers. Either way, caveat emptor. Here are the buy links for the book if you’re interested.

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