Publication Day: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide Launch Special

by | Jan 25, 2016

Editor’s note: If you’re waiting for our monthly Ebook Cover Design awards post, it will be along in a couple of hours.

Have you had trouble figuring out what all the players in the publishing process actually do? Or had trouble determining which professionals work with self-published authors? Or have you spent too many hours trying to track these folks down?

If so, today’s a good day for you.

Betty Sargent and I are pleased to announce that today is publication day for the new edition of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide: Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books.

The 2016 edition has new essays from two dozen of the top providers in the indie publishing community like Mark Coker of Smashwords on “How to use an e-book distributor to reach more readers,” Ingram‘s Robin Cutler on “What is book distribution, anyway?” and over 20 more.

Added to the 850+ curated and verified listings sorted into 35 easy to understand categories, the Resource Guide is a unique compendium of knowledge along with the links that let you put your publishing plan into action.

Of course, in the ebook version, all these links are “live” so you can click through to any listed site.

From the authors: Nobody paid us to be listed in the Resource Guide, and we don’t accept any advertising.

What we are trying to do is save you time, make your book better, and give you a helping hand along the way if you’re new to book publishing.

Considering the ebook costs only $7.99, I think this is quite a deal.

Purchase the Resource Guide at these Retailers

The book is currently available in Kindle and ePub versions. The paperback edition is also available now on Amazon, and will appear on other retailers quite soon.

(Yes, I’m a little behind on production. I bet this wouldn’t have happened if I had used BookPlanner!)

Amazon Kindle: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 ebook Edition

Kobo: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 ebook Edition

Smashwords: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 ebook Edition

Apple iBooks: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 ebook Edition The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 ebook Edition

Paperback The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 paperback Edition

Launch Special

I promised a special offer to go with our launch, and here it is, bigger and better than last year:

Every buyer of any format of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is eligible to receive a coupon worth $20 off anything on my Book Design Templates site, where you can get predesigned book templates for both Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign, as well as help in putting them to use.

This offer expires on February 22, 2016.

How to collect?

  1. Purchase the book,
  2. Forward the sales receipt you received that shows the title or ISBN to [email protected]
  3. Once we have your receipt you’ll receive your coupon by email
  4. Head over to and start shopping.
  5. When you’re ready to check out, you’ll see a “Discount Code” field in your shopping cart. Put your coupon code in that field and click the “Update Cart” button to get your $20 savings.

$20.00 in exchange for $7.99? You might call me crazy, but I know that you are crucial to the success of the Guide. Every satisfied reader will help to spread the word, and that was the whole point of our overhaul for 2016.


We’re still looking for more reviewers. This is your chance. If you’d like to review the new 2016 edition, we’d love to send you a copy!

Just use the contact form here and follow the instructions. (This link is valid only until February 22, 2016.)


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  1. Judith Briles

    Got my copy (actually I bought 2) from Amazon yesterday. Nicely layed out … lots of resources and loved the new intros by Experts that lead into sections.

    Two big omissions all should know about.
    Under …
    Professional Trade Associations … you want to get to
    It’s a nonprofit membership association designed for the author who wants to be seriously successful. Tons of free webinars; free author coaching via phone on Mondays; weekly podcasts; monthly meetings that you can get the video from; tech tool boxes that you can attend via Skype. The quarterly ezine, The Author Resources is loaded with info and blogs are three times a week. Join: membership is $99 per year, plenty of discounts for AuthorU members including ISBNs with R.R. Bowker and IngramSpark.

    Under …
    Conferences / events
    AuthorU Extravaganza … you want to attend, held in September in Denver
    3 days of high content, in person presentations plus a national trade show where you can meet and greet all the book service people … no publishing predators allowed! All meals included. Joel has presented before and will again this year… dates are September 15-17, 2017. Meals included. Info will be posted on the website this spring with all speakers.

  2. Joan Stewart, The Publicity Hound

    I’m honored to be among the indie publishing experts who have contributed to to this book. Thanks, Joel and Betty, for the painstaking job of compiling such a rich resource guide. I’ll be recommending it to my Publicity Hounds.



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