STINKERS! America's Worst Self-Published Books: Learn what not to do

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There is great satisfaction in seeing your name on the cover of a book, and it has become relatively easy to self-publish. It's also easy to make serious mistakes in writing, design and marketing that can limit the acceptability and sales of a self-published book.

It's both sad and funny that some of the worst self-published books (and the majority of the books reviewed in this book) are books that try to provide advice to writers.

* Many "experts" give terrible advice and present it poorly.
* Some even ignore their own advice.
* Some self-publishing authors don't know--or choose to ignore--the established rules of publishing.
* Some writers seem to be a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.

This book will help you avoid the worst mistakes of others so you can publish a book that you can be justifiably proud of. Maybe you'll enlighten, entertain and inform your readers. Maybe you'll even get good reviews. Maybe you'll even make some money.

Michael N. Marcus is a bestselling author, editor, publishing expert and nitpicker with over 40 years' experience. Michael specializes in making complex subjects understandable, and often humorous, and he has self-published over twenty books. This book is an anthology of reviews from Michael's Bad Book Week, published at BookMakingBlog.blogspot.com, plus new material. He provides information, advice and book reviews for authors at BookFur.com

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Michael N. Marcus has been a journalist, author, editor, pub­lisher, publicist, advertising copywriter, photog­raph­er, band manager, amateur attorney, golf ball diver, re­cording engineer, and is founder of Able­Comm, Inc. ("The Telecom Department Store").
     His writing career started when he published a newspaper in elementary school. Since then he has been an editor at Rolling Stone and has written for many other magazines and newspapers.
     Michael has written over 20 books and provided the words for over 50 websites and blogs. He specializes in mak­ing technology un­der­standable, and often humorous.
     His first book was published by Doubleday in 1976. His second book was published by a tiny company 20 years later. He didn't like the books or his earnings. In 2008 he formed Silver Silver Sands Books to publish one book. He kept publishing.
     His Stories I'd Tell My children (but maybe not until they're adults) was intended for friends and family, but has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
     Born in New York in 1946, Michael's a proud member of the first cohort of the Baby Boom.
     At the urging of a misguided guidance counselor, Michael went to Lehigh University to become an electrical engineer and was quickly disappointed to learn that engineering was mostly math -- and slide rules were not nearly as much fun as sol­dering irons.
     Michael was one of the few literate people in his engineer-filled freshman dorm and made money editing term papers for classmates. Later, his college apartment had an elaborate and illegal phone system, a phone booth with a toilet in it, and an invisible phone activated by handclaps.
     Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife Marilyn, Hunter the golden retriever, and a lot of stuff -- including indoor and outdoor telephone booths, a 'Lily Tomlin' switch­board, lots of books, CDs and DVDs, and many black boxes with flashing lights. Marilyn is tolerant.

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