Review: Self Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing

Title: Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing

Author: Catherine Ryan Howard

Star Rating: 5/5



The fully-revised and updated third edition of Catherine Ryan Howard’s pragmatic ‘how to’ self-publishing guide Do you think that no one has the right to stand between you and your published writer dreams? That the publishing industry is going down in flames and self-publishers are going to rise like a 99c phoenix from the ashes? That all literary agents are interested in doing is blogging sarcastically about the rhetorical question at the start of your query letter, that editors will just use your submitted manuscript for kindling and that you’ll be senile before you hear back from either of them? That once you’ve uploaded the book you finished yesterday afternoon to Amazon, it’ll be mere minutes before the money starts rolling in and you can quit your day job? Are you self-publishing to “show them all”? If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions then I do apologise, but this isn’t the book for you. This book is for writers who consider self-publishing to be a good Plan B, or even a sideline to traditional publication. Who want to do it the cheapest and easiest way possible while still producing a quality product. Who understand that much like Starbucks outlets and Nespresso coffee machines, traditional and self-publishing can peacefully co-exist. Writers who know that they don’t have to sell a million copies of their book to start earning a living from their writing, but that they do have to work hard and treat it like a business. Who are blessed with common sense and live in the real world at least most of the time. Who find my jokes funny… If this sounds like you, then SELF-PRINTED: THE SANE PERSON’S GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING may be just the “How To…” guide you were looking for. It will tell you everything you need to know in order to publish a Print On Demand paperback and e-book, and (crucially) sell them, without sounding like anti-Big Publishing propaganda produced by the Ministry of Truth. Be warned: you are now entering a No Saying “Gatekeepers” Zone…


Self-Printed is an amusing way to get a lot out of researching ways to better self-publish your book. Howard writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading about interior formatting and cover design, which is great because my attention span is too short for that. Some of the areas that I personally found really helpful were the eBook and print book formatting sections. Howard walks you through step by step on how to format your book’s interior for KDP, Smashwords and Createspace which for me was exactly what I needed. I learned some ways to improve on my books interior and put out a better product, which I am hoping will be more appealing to readers.

The book also covers tips on how to sell your self-published book, what is desirable in a cover design and how to build your online platform. Many of the tips in these sections of the book would have been amazing when I first started out, though I have learned many of them from other authors or I learned them the hard way in the last year.

I would highly recommend Self Printed to new authors or authors who are looking to learn a little bit more about self-publishing.

Get your copy at Amazon today!


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