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Writers Cafe - Upcoming Peter Bowerman Interview - What Do YOU Want Me To Ask Him - I Need Your Questions


It’s a Writers Cafe with a difference. Gather together any questions you have for Well Fed Writer & Well Fed Self Publisher author, Peter Bowerman, coming soon to a Writers Cafe near you.
I’ve just read Peter Bowerman’s latest book - The Well Fed Self Publisher: How To Turn One Book Into A Full Time Living. I know a lot of you want to, are writing or have written books, reports, ebooks and so on - self publishing or mainstream.
Peter Bowerman is an inspiration. I was so motivated after reading this book. The good news is that Peter has agreed to be interviewed for an upcoming Writers Cafe. I’m throwing it open, so I can ask some of the questions YOU want answered. Let me know what you want to know about writing, self publishing, marketing and publicizing your book.
I thought we could use this weekend’s Writers Cafe to talk self publishing and writing and to gather your questions for my interview… We can discuss them here, but I’ll get Peter’s perspective as well.
The Well Fed Writer and The Well Fed Writer: Back Again For Seconds.
I was approached to review The Well Fed Self Publisher and heard from Peter. His approach is a recipe that has been perfected and works well. I learned a lot just from how he conducted the book review process. This is all outlined in the book, so it was interesting to see it in action.
Communication & Co-ordination

  • Communication was friendly, personalized but to the point with publicity information
  • He invited further contact if he could help further
  • He emailed a copy of the book ahead of mailing out the hard copy
  • He exceeded expectations by emailing me his Well Fed Self Publishing Biz In A Box Ebook as well as the book
  • He told me exactly when he would be posting the book so I knew roughly when to expect it

Receiving The Review Copy of The Well Fed Self Publisher

  • Used flat rate mailing envelope
  • Used brightly mailing label with his book pictured, website details and a space for addressee
  • Very savvy - Mailing label clearly states “As requested”, to jog your memory if you get lots of books to review
  • Contained the Well Fed Self Publisher
  • Stamped Review Copy Not For Sale - Book Personally Autographed
  • Included 3 Business Cards (marketing tools in themselves - well designed with book information on the reverse)
  • Included a Press Kit (flyers, press release, business cards & a personalized note inserted into book cover of a previous book)

Now To The Book
As well as the process above, he covers

  • Why Self Publshing?
  • Learning To Love Sales & Marketing
  • How To Build A Book
  • Targeting Buyers & Building Demand
  • Your Website
  • Getting Books Into & Dealing With Bookstores
  • Hacking Through The Amazon Jungle
  • Publicity & Marketing Opportunities (various chapters)
  • Print On Demand
  • Using The Book As A Platform For Other Spin Off Products, Ebooks, Workshops etc.
  • Self Publishing Resources
  • Foreign Rights

While the book is packed solid with great, practical information, Bowerman’s writing style is engaging and lighthearted, with lots of practical examples - a good combination. As a (now ex) bookseller, I used to have a set against self published books as they just didn’t look professional… and please don’t get me started on the lack of editing.
Now in the process of writing a book myself, I’ve become a fan of self publishing as a viable option. This book offers more information than many mainstream books on a similar topic, and is professionallly edited, typeset and presented. For the marketing aspects alone, I can highly recommend The Well Fed Self Publisher.
A Stroke Of Brilliance
A stroke of brilliance in The Well Fed Self Publisher is a symbol on various pages which directs readers to Well Fed Self Publishing Biz In A Box. (available in hard copy, ebook or CD). The information stands on its own, but for the forms and materials that go with it, you go to the Biz In A Box.
This is a separate book, so is an extra sale for the author, by sharing materials he already had developed and uses. Peter already had all his marketing materials, forms, biz card tips, promo materials, book blurbs, pitch letters, discount vouchers, review copy mailouts and email templates etc. etc..
Both these books are must haves for anyone serious about self publishing.
Well, questions anyone? Fire away….

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