I’ve been following Catherine Ryan Howard’s blog for some time now, not only for all the great advice on self-publishing, but also her entertaining and light-hearted tone. For a long time the blog was called Catherine, Caffeinated, but she seems to have done something of a redesign, and I’m not seeing the old name anymore. Pity, because what a great blog name, right?
Anyway, all this to say that as a result of enjoying her blog, I bought her book — Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing — to read on my Nook. And it’s easily the best book I’ve read on the subject. Why?
- The No. 1 reason for me is that Howard does not have self-publishing religion. She never uses the word “gatekeepers” (at least not seriously), and she isn’t pushing self-publication as some revolution to bring about the Singularity. She just sees it realistically, as just another option.
- Howard doesn’t waste time comparing and contrasting every last service and self-publishing platform. She’s done this successfully, and Self-Printed focuses on her recommendations for the simplest, most efficient, and professional way to get your book printed.
- It’s fun! Self-publishing can be a pretty dry subject, but Howard’s writing style makes it interesting, and she always finds a way to make her point with humor.
While my first choice (like Howard’s) is still to go the traditional route, I haven’t ruled out self-publishing. If I do make that choice, Self-Printed is the first place I’ll go for advice.