If you are not into the publishing side of the book world you may not know who the heck is Joel Friedlander. Allow me to introduce you…
Joel Friedlander was born in the Bronx, New York. Raised in Westchester he attended school in Buffalo and Danbury, Connecticut. He is the author of Body Types: The Enneagram of Essence Types.
He has won the AIGA “50 Books of the Year Award” for his work at Aperture Publishing, and the Printing Industries of America Gold Award for his book design and production. He is the owner of Marin Bookworks of San Rafael, California. Joel is also the author of the Self-Publisher’s Quick & Easy Guides, a series of subject-specific e-books that help to solve questions for self-publishers. These are available as PDF downloads and Kindle e-books. (source: Amazon)
Joel, along with co-writer Beth Kelly Sargent recently published The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory-To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books.
I was selected to review this book in a very short space of time and that concerned me, but after taking just 30 minutes to read it I understood why. First off this book is a book of value for a beginning author. A lot of what is in the book I already knew about because I had time to research them over a couple of years. This book would have been the ultimate cheat sheet for me, had it been published before I did all my research. That being said it is still a great resource.
The book contains the basic things a newbie self-publisher would need to get started. At the beginning of each new chapter there is a brief description of the type of service that is listed, on the next page are the names, links and phone numbers of the service providers. That’s it! That is the entire book compiled by every service a new author would need. All is stuff is available on Google but the book will save you the hassle of looking for it.
I intend to use it as a quick reference guide in my publishing adventures because it is so much easier than going through my hand-written notes in 2 notebooks.
The thing that I have a problem with is that it could have been formatted better. The formatting made me feel like the book was just carelessly thrown together. For example, a space separating vendors would have been nice, and would have made it easier to read.
If you are a newbie author/self publisher and you’re looking for quick compilation of services then hit the buy button. If you are seasoned and have done your homework, skip this one, chances are you already know everything in the book.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.