Benjamin Franklin was a serial self-publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac. Thomas Payne inflamed the American Revolution by self-publishing Common Sense. Walt Whitman changed modern poetry when he self-published Leaves of Grass. Richard Bolles taught the world to get a job when he self-published What Color is Your Parachute? Jack Canfield launched a huge series of bestsellers when he self-published Chicken Soup for the Soul.
All of these people had a burning desire to share their message with the world - just like you do. Each of them launched their manuscripts into print by deciding to take the publishing job on themselves. Now it is your turn to do the same.
Most people do not know how to begin the publishing process. This "cookbook for books" will walk you through every step of the process. You will create your own finished book in just two months.
This is not about how you might be lucky enough to get your manuscript accepted by a large and generous publisher. It is an instruction manual for making it happen yourself. You will become your own small publishing company. You will promote your work to readers. You will attract the attention of the larger publishers.
Start today and have your own book in just two months.
We all live two lives. First, there is the life where events happen to us every day. This is what most people call the "real world." Then there are the stories that play in our mind while we are living in that "real world". While the real world is largely beyond our control, our mental world is uniquely under our control. We can control everything about this second world and it is just as valuable to us as the first world that everyone is talking about.
For literalists, their second life is in lock step with their first life. What happens in their minds is synchronized with the real world. Then there are the romantics who base their second life on the real world, but make it much more colorful, hopeful, and exciting. Finally, at the extreme edge of this group are the fantasists whose second life has only the thinnest connection to what is happening in the real world. The story these people are living in their minds is a fascinating and enthralling escape from the real world.
You are reading this book because you want to tell your second life to the real world. If you are a literalist you might have a fact-based, how-to book in mind. If you are a romantic you might want to write a fictionalized version of your own life. If you are a fantasist you want to paint a picture of an entirely new universe.
But all of you have a story that you want to tell.
Maybe your story is already written down. Maybe it has been for months or years. But there is a brick wall between your manuscript and a published book that you can release to the world. You and thousands of writers just like you are looking for a door in that brick wall. You need someone to help you find, open, and walk through the door that leads to a published book. In this book I will show you that door, unlock it, and escort you down the hall to where your own printed book is waiting. If you follow me down this hall you will be holding your first case of books in just two months. Shall we take the journey together? Are you ready to turn the dream of your published book into a reality? Are you ready to introduce your second life to the real world?
All aspiring authors are intimidated by the publication process. The big companies looking down on you from the skyscrapers of New York City seem unapproachable and uninterested. Thousands of authors have approached the fortress of book publishing and been turned away. They all carry the pain of repeated rejection letters burned into their hearts. They have given up and returned to their day jobs while their story is dying within them.
But this is the 21st century and the book publishing process has been liberated. You do not have to wait for someone else to give you permission to publish your book. In the 21st century, you can do the entire process yourself. The printed book that emerges will be just as beautiful and exciting as anything that a New York publisher would create. You just need a guide to show you the path. You do not need my permission. You do not need permission from New York City. You just need your own permission to make this happen.
If you can write a book - you can publish a book.
If you have the energy, discipline, and intelligence to write - you have the energy, discipline, and intelligence to publish.
The Book Cookbook
The Self Publishing Field Guide does not present a dozen different ways that you might try to hopefully reach publication someday. The Self Publishing Field Guide is a cookbook about how to do it yourself in just a couple of months. If you can follow the recipe for a birthday cake, you can follow the recipe to get your book published.
I will tell you exactly what you need to do. I will point you to the essential services that will help you. I will give you a realistic budget and schedule to reach the end.
Once you read this book, the only thing that can stop you from publishing your book are your own excuses.
The Self Publishing Field Guide will show you everything that you need to know to move from a draft manuscript to a case of printed books in your hands in just a couple of months.
The Self Publishing Field Guide will transform you from an aspiring author to a published author.
I have used this process to publish all of my own books. It has worked for me and it can work for you.
With an investment of two months and about $1,000 you can have your own book.
It is time to put your second life into print and release it into the real world.
Excerpted from "The Self Publishing Field Guide" by Roger Dean Smith. Copyright © 2013 by Roger Dean Smith. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.