2016 Edition of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide, Revised and Expanded

by | Jan 15, 2016

Last year I explained how I came to partner with Betty Sargent on the first comprehensive resource guide for indie authors.

And how the book, with the help of readers, launched at #1 in several categories on Amazon. It was awesome.

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide
gathered over 150 reviews online, mostly very favorable. But readers also let us know where they wanted more help. Almost everyone wished there was more guidance in the book, to make it more than a directory of resources, valuable though that was.

Betty and I put our heads together, and with the help of Kate Tilton we recruited over 20 experts in all areas of indie publishing to contribute exactly the guidance readers were looking for.

Why did they do it? To help authors coming into self-publishing for the first time. To help authors who’ve gotten overwhelmed or confused by the process. To set the record straight. To spread “best practices” so more authors will be successful.

With all this new content, the book has exploded in size, too. We’ve basically taken a book, and added another book to it. Last year’s 178 pages have ballooned to 380 in this year’s print edition. It’s packed with advice and links to the resources you’ll need.

I can’t wait for you to see it. Publication date is Monday, January 25, 2016.

Inside the Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

We broke down the publishing process into three parts:

  • Prepare
  • Publish
  • Promote

Then within each part we set up categories (a total of 35 of them) to hold listings of companies and individual vendors, complete with:

  • a short blurb giving a little information about the listing
  • the person responsible for the site or business where appropriate
  • email addresses where available as live links
  • website addresses as live links
  • phone numbers where available

All alphabetically arranged.

New in the 2016 edition, we’ve added an article introducing each category by an expert in the field. These articles have the most up to date information as of this edition. Here are the authors who contributed:

The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide

I can’t wait to start getting this new edition of the Resource Guide into people’s hands. It’s got over 850 curated and verified links.

For years I’ve advocated for authors to take advantage of the great tools for publishing and distribution we have now, avoiding the scammers and rip-off artists.

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide now offers authors a virtual education in self-publishing, plus easy access to the resources to turn your manuscripts into published books. And it’s still only $7.99.

How You Can Help

I love the community of writers, designers, editors, artists, and authors who read this blog. It’s a joy to be able to keep supplying high-quality content that helps tens of thousands of authors get into print and have fun doing it.

Now I’d like to ask something, from you.

Help me get the word out about the new edition of my book. It’s going to save lots of people time, energy, and frustration, and pass along important information, too.

We’d love to start off with a pile of preorders, and we’d love it if you would help spread the word by letting other people know about the book.

It’s got links to every product, service, or kind of vendor you might need to self-publish, and the many rave reviews on the book testify to the help authors have gotten from it.

Watch for my post on publication day, January 25, with all the details, links to retailers, and another incredible launch offer you just won’t believe (better than last year’s!).

You won’t be disappointed.

Will you help? Go do your preorder now. Here’s the link: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide 2016 Preorder—Do It Today!

(And if you do preorder, here’s a hint: save a copy of your receipt, you’re going to need it.)

tbd advanced publishing starter kit


  1. Destination Infinity

    Amazon says the book is 178 pages long. But the book description says “take Kate Tilton’s advice on page 396”. ?

  2. Denise Gaskins

    For those who bought the Smashwords version last time around, will that file be updated?

    • Joel Friedlander

      Hi Denise,

      We updated the 2015 edition mid year and made that available to everyone who had bought the original edition we published in January 2015. This is a new edition and we won’t be issuing it as an “update” to the old book, sorry. But keep in mind the book has more than doubled in size, and at $7.99 I think it’s an amazing value, even if you just use the hundreds of resource links.

  3. Maggie Smith

    I just wish you’d published an actual paper book because from what you’ve told us, I have a feeling I’ d like to underline, highlight, scan, and refer back to this easily. Not have to fire up my Kindle and do all that tedious button pushing. Just a thought

    • Joel Friedlander

      Hi Maggie,

      The paperback edition will be available for preorder in about a week. Lots of people like a print edition of a directory like this so they can mark it up, and we love print books anyway.

  4. Diane Lynn McGyver

    This is great news for self-published authors. It doesn’t surprise me that many authors helped to bring this together. Authors helping authors is the way to go. We are all in this together. I love the author community.

    Diane Lynn McGyver
    Fantasy Author
    Castle Keepers series

    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, Diane, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  5. Avery K Tingle

    As soon as I get the wife’s okay (in the morning, West coast), I’ll pre-order it. Thanks for assembling such a guide.



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