April 18, 2010

Directory for Self-Publishers

The 2009 Writer Watchdog is a self-publishing directory with over 200 useful resources and helpful advice from publishing experts. If you are interested in knowing your options, comparing services, and having a directory of resources at your fingertips, the Writer Watchdog 2009 edition is a must.

What makes this directory different from other self-publishing guides? It not only provides essential resources, but it saves money. Most of the listings offer a discount for services and permission to contact directly. An example of the listings include resources for book design, book printing, book review, website hosting, and consultation. The 2009 edition has expert articles that explain ways to avoid self-publishing traps, how to prepare a manuscript for submission, and how to publish under your own imprint. As a bonus, the book includes a record keeping section in the back for notes and a log of your progress.

The most useful section is the articles that provide invaluable information. Please note this is not a manual or guide, but simply a directory that leads you to where information can be found and who to contact. It would have helped if the resources were in alphabetical order and an index for quick reference. Hopefully the 2010 edition has these updates.

Rating: ♥♥♥

I would suggest using the Writer Watchdog as a supplement to Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual. This is the Bible to all self-publishers. With both manuals, you will be on the right path to self-publishing your very own book. Good luck and check back soon for a review on a related book, Stephen King's On Writing.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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