That's the actual title of a book by Peggy McKay. Self Publishing for Virgins. In my online wanderings and gathering information for FundsforWriters, I ran across her book and asked to read an excerpt. The voice was good, clean, nicely informative. So I asked to read the book.
Yes, this is a marvelous primer for the first-timer. This book explains, clarifies and points the reader in the right direction. Peggy writes this book for the newbie, and she doesn't throw a ton of references and choices at the reader. Instead, She took her knowledge and confined it to CreateSpace, MS Word and BlueBeam. That way the reader doesn't have to research technology in order to start learning how to self-publish. I liked the way she painted this picture.
Three simple sections. Before the book is published, how to publish the book, post publication promotion. Voila. Simple. I have no intention of self-publishing anytime soon, but I wanted to read this book. Peggy talks in terms of a master plan, teaching the author to work in terms of a project, not a book. A book is a concept, a widget, a dream, a product, a brand, and a business. It's not just a story. And this book tells you how to handle obstacles like covers, ISBNs, understanding uploading files, commissions, Amazon features, libraries and author websites. It's the whole package.
Yes, there are many how-to books out there. Most of them expect you to already know how the system works. They assume. You get frustrated. Many quit. Some of the books talk the publishing part and skip or skim promotion.
I enjoyed this. I understood this. I appreciated the author respecting me (and others) in needing to know all the A-B-Cs instead of just a few letters in between A-Z. If you are considering self-publishing a print book, and you do not understand the system, this is the book to read.