14 Steps to Self-Publishing a Book

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
68 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2017
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Author Biography

In his award-winning debut book, Engaging College Students: A Fun and Edgy Guide for Professors, Mike Kowis, Esq. shared the secrets to his success in the college classroom. This book was selected as the solo Medalist Winner in the Education category of the 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

During the two-month process of self-publishing his first book, Mike took careful notes on each step and later decided to write his latest book, 14 Steps to Self-Publishing a Book, to help other authors who want to self-publish. In this handy self-publishing guide, Mike explains his 14-step process that can be used by anyone to self-publish a top quality book and sell it on websites like Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. He also compares the costs to self-publish both books and shares the ten surprising lessons he learned from writing his first book.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree and two law degrees, including an advanced law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife, Jessica, their two rambunctious children, and two noisy but sweet dogs. You can find more information at www.engagingcollegestudents.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Writing a book is one great undertaking. But when it’s done and ready to produce in book form, is the writer’s job really done? How many publishers should a writer approach before giving up? Or should the writer ever give up? Well, there is another alternative. In today’s quagmire of book publishing options, writers don’t have to restrict their options to the big name traditional publishing houses. In fact, the very idea of self-publishing, which may terrify many writers, has a lot of positive aspects, not the least of which is maintaining complete control over the book from start to finish, from writing and editing, to printing, marketing and distributing. It’s not easy, but it can be done with a little bit of help from a veteran author, as well as a blue-collar tax attorney and business professional, Mike Kowis, Esq. and his latest book, 14 Steps to Self-Publishing a Book.

The author, having already successfully self-published his own book, Engaging College Students: A Fun and Edgy Guide for Professors, has first-hand experience, which he shares in an orderly and well presented, easy-to-follow manner. He begins with the very basic necessity of finishing the book, editing it and preparing it for publication. He moves through some obvious and some not-so-obvious steps necessary to produce and market the book, with useful tips and links to other publications and websites to further assist the self-published author, including, most importantly, the basic one of registering copyright and obtaining ISBN numbers. All very important information and all very succinctly presented. A very useful guide. And, as the author points out in his conclusion, it’s not really so difficult to self-publish because, “If I [meaning the author] can do it, anyone can.”