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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

A Self-Publisher's Companion

A Self-Publisher's Companion - Joel Friedlander Containing both practical advice and inspiring insights for any author wishing to choose self-publishing as a career choice, this guide is a gem. While an enthusiastic advocate of self-publishing, the author is also realistic about what the requirements and challenges are for the self-published author. Anyone following me on Facebook would know how useful I found this book by the number of times I shared excerpts from it!

With an easy-to-read style and excellent presentation/formatting, this book offers advice on a range of areas that an author must consider before choosing this path. From a psychological assessment of what it takes to become a successful (and happy) self-published author, to a compelling vision of the future of e-books and detailed advice on the best use of social media, this book is rich in knowledge and guidance.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the positive, upbeat tone: this is a well-balanced look at an industry that is in the throes of major changes. The author sees both self-publishing and traditional publishing as equally professional, and this sense of respect imbues the guide with a mature and comforting wisdom that can only encourage authors in the path to publication.