The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on June 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Fanove Publishing (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967059860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967059860
  • To purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    Landing a publisher has never been harder…

    Even when you do, count on anemic royalty rates, 18 to 24 months to publication, and giving up the rights to your book.  And you’ll still be expectd to do most of the marketing yourself!  There’s a better way.  Thanks to the Internet, self-publishing (especially non-fiction) has become easier, more viable, and more potentially lucrative than ever before.

    Follow the author’s firsthand experience as you learn how to:

    • Develop a “marketing mindset” – minus the anxiety!
    • Create a book that turns heads and grabs eyeballs
    • Find tons of reviewers anxious to publicize your book
    • Get into the big bookstore chains and stay there!
    • Build a cash-generating web site that works 24/7
    • Minimize your dependence on fickle mainstream media
    • Parlay one book into multiple income streams
    • Separate the “Print-on-Demand” hype from reality
    • Dramatically simplify your marketing tasks

    Most importantly, you’ll learn a radical new approach to book promotion, one that keeps you in contorl.  The result: less anxiety, higher profits, and more!

    I have never written a book.  If I put my mind to it, I probably have some ideas swimming around in my brain but I just haven’t really put a lot of effort into writing.  My hubby on the other hand is very interested in writing.  But, even though I haven’t written a book, I do know the process and struggles that many authors face.  This book is orgainzed in such a way that it is possible for anyone to follow.  Really, publishing is all about business.  He lays the groundwork (and then some) for any aspiring author, and gives you a step-by-step guide on how to make your dreams come true.

    The author covers many aspects of the self-publishing world including how to approach writing, the marketing and selling of your book, and discussing publicity avenues including, the mainstream media, your own website, radio and bookstore signings.

    This is truly a well written and thought out book that lets the authors personality truly shine.  Excellent for anyone interested in hearing the ins and outs of the publishing world by someone who has been successful practicing what he preaches.

    Once again I want to thank Pump Up Your Book Promotion for hosting this author and allowing me the chance to read and review it.

    1. […] The Well Fed Self Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living, will be stopping off at Amateur de Livre, Fun, irreverent, exhaustively detailed, double-award-winning, step-by-step, real-world blueprint […]

    2. Thanks for the nice review of my book and for taking the time to read it! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Glad to be her eon Amateur de Livre! Hope to generate a lively discussion on the subject of self-publishing. The subject is a hot one these days as more and more authors are starting to realize, as outlined above, how lacking the conventional publishing model really is – in terms of royalties, timetable, rights, and the creative process.

      Given the prevailing paradigm, many are understandably saying, hey, if I’m going to have to do most of the work myself anyway, I might as well be making most of the money!

      I wish you all the best on your own self-publishing journeys. Know that there are plenty of tools out there (including a few of my own at


    3. I’m in the process of reading this book myself and it really gives authors a reason to consider self-publishing. It has loads of useful information.

      Thanks for the review.


    4. Thanks – Glad to hear you’re finding it useful. And I think I can say that this is a good to successful self-publishing: it all starts with the book. Write a GOOD Book That People Will Want to Read.

      Duh, right? Well, judging from all the dreck that gets written and cluelessly self-published, maybe it’s not so obvious. But, write an excellent book on a subject people have an interest in, and you’ve just made your ongoing marketing tasks exponentially easier. Why? Because you’ll harness the power of thousands of salespeople – i.e., your happy readers – who’re delighted to spread the word.

      I worked very very hard to make my books the best they could possibly be, with all the how-to details that someone might ever want to know, and because I did so, I don’t have to work nearly so hard to keep them selling – because plenty of others help me out.

      And one way to ensure that you do include everything a reader needs to know to follow your path is to write the book as
      One Big Case Study. Of course, that means you have to have walked that path your self, which in my case, I did.

      Enjoy the rest of it!


      Sounds obvious, but lalways nice to hear. Yes,

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


    Connecting to %s

    %d bloggers like this: