Rachelle chose a number of people to help her get the word out, so I received a free copy in exchange for spreading the word. I was not required to give a positive review, but I'm happy to announce that this book is very helpful for anyone who is weighing the choices of self-publishing and traditional publishing.
Here is what Rachelle promises at the beginning of the book:
I will distill the existing opinions and facts into a concise overview of the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing. More importantly, I’ll help you define your publishing goals, and from there, help you to determine the criteria you should use in making the decision about which to option to pursue. I’ll start by defining some industry terms to ensure that we’re all on the same page. I’ll include a few real-life stories from writers on both sides of the fence and from some who are balancing a mix of both self- and traditional publishing. I’ve also compiled a list of further resources for you to explore. (4-5)Chapter 1 looks at the current publishing landscape and defines a number of terms in the industry. Writers who are very familiar with the field might be able to skip this chapter, but I found it to be helpful. In considering what a publisher actually is, Rachelle explores topics such as purchasing rights, royalties, advance, editorial, design, marketing, producing/printing/shipping, sales and distribution, and decision-making.
Chapter 2 provides criteria for helping you make your decision, and the chart at the end of the chapter is very helpful. Things to consider are motivation, organization, audience, marketing, money (profit and upfront costs), reach, time, control, validation, and business sense. Chapters 3 and 4 give the advantages of traditional publishing and self-publishing respectively. Chapter 5 helps you figure out what you're more suited for by providing a checklist, similar to the chart in Chapter 2. And Chapter 6 gives hyperlinked resources for further information.
Overall the book was useful in setting the stage, although it did make me want to know more about how to go about the process of self-publishing. Explaining this is not Rachelle's purpose, so you will have to do your own research to learn how to do this (see Chapter 6). This book mainly helps you figure out which path to choose.
You can buy it here for only $3.99. This book is the first installment of a series, so be on the lookout for more e-books by Rachelle on topics such as successful blogging, getting your writing career off the ground, and finding an agent.