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Self Publishing Success

4.5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

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By Mary Rosenblum

Success in today’s new publishing world requires understanding – you have to know how it all works. Award-winning career author, Mary Rosenblum, uses her two decades of market experience and work with new authors to help you ride the wave of successful publishing today.

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Book Information

ISBN 978-1927559222
Book Size 5 x 8
Number of pages 184
Published Date 05-2013

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6 reviews for Self Publishing Success

  1. 4 out of 5


    As I said in Wordsmithy, I like reading books on wordsmithery, and this was yet another one. A lot of good sturdy advice here about writing generally, but also a good bit of advice for those looking at the new-fangled ways of gutenburging down the cyber-highway. So to speak.

    – Douglas Wilson, Goodreads Reviewer

  2. 5 out of 5


    “THE END”. I typed the words and sat back. My first book was finished! Wasn’t it? My best friend liked it. My sister thought it was great. But, like most new authors, I had no idea what to do next. I was one of the very, very lucky ones. My sister-in-law, a “real” writer, said it was time for Mary Rosenblum. The next months were spent showing me that “THE END” was just the beginning as Mary’s advice had me editing, revising, and really finishing that book.

    But just as important, Mary was getting me ready for the “what next”. What were my goals for the book? Did I want to query agents? Need to see my opus on the shelves of B&N? Fancy a boutique publisher or even the world of self-publishing? And no matter which I chose, was I prepared to take on the marketing and self-promotion needed?

    With Mary’s guidance, a tip from a friend about a new publisher, and a whole bunch more of that luck, I ended up with a fabulous publisher and a bunch of new friends. But self-publishing is still out there, a fascinating and seductive option. And here’s that luck again! Mary Rosenblum has just published Self Publishing Success: A Handbook for New Writers. The book is pure Mary—her audience is “Dear”, her voice is a mix of amusing, no-nonsense, and practical advice.

    And she has the answers.

    What Self-Publishing Success is not: you won’t find a step-by-step for uploading your book to SmashWords, B&N, or Amazon. (There are plenty of those guides out there, and Mary suggests some to you.) You won’t find assurances that you’ll be the next [fill in name of your favorite wildly-successful author]. She doesn’t bother with anecdotes about how Hugh Howey just threw his novella “Wool” up as a 99¢ Kindle and was amazed to discover he’d sold millions. (And anyway, those stories usually leave out the part where he sent a free copy to just about every reviewer on the web…)

    But Self-Publishing Success is a comprehensive guide designed to help new authors decide if self-publishing is right for their book, and a realistic approach to the considerations that go into that decision. What is self-publishing anyway? Where does it fit on the spectrum of publishing possibilities out there today? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What will the author need to do to produce and promote the book? And what are the rewards and expectations?

    This is a fast, essential, and information-packed book, written by an author whose pedigree includes publishing books in almost every format as well as decades of teaching, editing, and mentoring new writers. It is, quite simply, essential reading for any new author, whether or not you decide to self-publish.

    – Barb Taub, Goodreads Reviewer

  3. 5 out of 5


    This isn’t a “how to” book in the traditional sense, although some “how to ” is discussed. More, this book gives the new author with that finished first draft who’s ready to start revising and networking and marketing and promoting a good overall sense of what’s available in this brave new world of publishing a book.

    Mary explains how the legacy system of the big New York publishing houses worked in the past and how it’s still working today. She discusses the small publishing houses and how they handle new works and new authors then she delves into the increasingly accepted world of self/independent publishing. Mixed throughout are treasure nuggets about getting yourself into all the social networking and social marketing that nowadays even the NY Big Four expect the authors themselves to be doing.

    All this is done in a easy to understand and easy to read style that is Mary’s trademark. She knows when you’re apt to huff and think “yeah, sure.” She knows when you’re going to whine and think she’s unrealistic about the work that all this takes.

    But . . . Mary knows authors. She is an author.

    She built herself into a full time, writing buys the food and pays the bills author. She has spent many years being a writing instructor and editor. Mary knows authors and she knows agents and publishers.

    Mary knows this business and she’s able to bring it all to us with a twinkle in her eye and a lot of encouragement. If you’re a new author, or even an author who’s been published the traditional way and wanting to see if it is time for you to go Indie, this book is a must read for you.

    – Pearl Meaker, Author

  4. 3 out of 5


    Mary is very well informed and full of intelligent insights on the bookworld in general and self-publishing in particular, making her an excellent resource for anyone looking to indie publish their works.

    I definitely recommend this book for anyone considering self-publishing or new to it. It’s really more of an intro to self-pubbing, and less of a tool for self-pubbing authors to become more successful.

    Personally I thought too much time was spent on coaching writers who want to go the legacy publishing house route on how to go about it for a book on the subject of self publishing, as well as a fair amount of time helping people decide which route would be better for them. Perhaps an ebook on ‘choosing the right route for you’ could be separated out and then all the material that pertains to successfully self-publishing remain under this title.

    I’ve already released two books so I was looking for info on doing it more successfully and didn’t find that much to help me. But again, readers new to indie publishing will find it very helpful.

    – Amber, Goodreads Reviewer

  5. 5 out of 5


    I initially read this book while I was writing my debut novel last year. It was nice to have this information in one place. I have even re-read some parts of the book.

    Self Publishing Success begins with an introduction on what, exactly, Indie and self-publishing are.

    I especially enjoyed the book’s section ‘Is Indie Right For You?’. I think people really need to look inside themselves before deciding and this book lays out what you need to do to get the job done. It can be a daunting endeavor and Mary Rosenblum lays it on the line. She discusses the types of publishers: small presses, subsidy publishers, and legacy. There’s information on contracts/rights, promotion and the self-publishing process as a business, including interior and cover design.

    Self Publishing Success is a quick and easily understandable read. It’s organized in such a way that you can quickly find what you’re looking for if you want to go back and read sections again.

    – Danielle, Goodreads Reviewer

  6. 5 out of 5


    This is the type of book that only works if the author has personally walked the talk. Mary Rosenblum knows what she’s talking about. Based in personal experience, this book is filled with wisdom and is a valuable resource to anyone hoping to walk the self publishing walk themselves. Well written and worthwhile!

    – Rik Leaf, Amazon Reviewer

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