Self publishing is becoming easily accessible through services such as Lulu and CreateSpace, and can offer a viable route to market for some authors.

 

If you don’t plan to publish many books then you can use self publishing services such as CreateSpace or Lulu, which is a service that sits in front of a printing company called Lightning Source. Lulu offers basic formatting, ready-made cover designs and ISBN number allocation, as well as an online book shop.

Some services charge a set up cost, others offer free set up but hide inflated printing and distribution costs, recouping their set up costs from book sales.

Self publishing means that anyone can publish a book with no critical assessment, but in reality their book doesn’t reach a significant readership through book shops, so themselves critical review process takes place at the point of sale rather than at the point of writing, editing or publishing.

If you are considering self publishing, it is important to at least have someone else proof read and edit the book, as it is very easy to overlook mistakes when you’ve been staring at text on a computer screen for hours.

Self publishing removes all barriers to entry, apart from money, so there are no quality controls or checks on books entering the market. This can leave readers with the perception that all self published books are of poor quality.

Having a publisher means that your book has been evaluated and edited to be of publishable quality, and that gives your book credibility.

Reviews

I have no doubt that Peter Freeth is on course to be one of the most influential and effective leadership guides of the early 21st century. If you've encountered Peter before, you’ll probably already have this book. If you haven’t – be prepared for a fundamental shift in your approach to business. He really is that good.

David Nicoll, MD Certax Accounting

Change Magic is not just another book about how to think outside the box. No check list or recipes to follow but definitely full of ideas that challenge your established routines and conventional thinking. No matter how successful you have been in the business world, a must read for all. Very inspiring book... should be given to all employees and managers at every level of the organization when they come on board.

Jean-Baptiste Gruet, VP Global Sales, Workplace Options

The Pitching Bible is the recipe for any successful business pitch. Ainsley Harriott, Celebrity Chef

Working in a dynamic environment with foreign management with differing work ethics and cultures can lead to a lack of cohesion. The Business Cohesion Model highlights the challenges that leaders face and recommends the course of action to be taken to achieve cohesion. A must read for all leaders.

Ian Price, Senior General Manager Dealer Operations, Automobile Division, Suzuki GB PLC

Genius At Work tells you, step by step, what it takes to harness the intelligence of individuals, and disperse and install that intelligence throughout an entire organization.

Paul Colaianni

This is another exceptional book by an exceptional author, trainer and consultant.

Jeff Zadzilka, NLP Certified Master Practitioner

Peter's fine and nuanced way of delivering background knowledge, comparison, experience and explanations on how to measure e.g. human performance stimulates my mind to further understand myself and others in order to excel human behaviour and talent. It is indeed a very exciting and must have read when you work with people and organisations.

Sharing knowledge this detailed requires a person with a high degree of authenticity and such an open mind. It will thus require for me to also share.

Genius at Work is a huge step on my personal learning curve, and I have already excelled on my Master NLP modelling skills.

Rene Reinar Svendsen "Reinar"

Can’t close those deals? Learn the Seven Secrets of a Successful Business Pitch. The Pitching Bible is great advice on sales and life.

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In the fast paced environment we work in, the senior sales managers really welcomed the opportunity to spend an hour thinking about how they manage talent and can get the best from their sales teams.  The (Genius at Work) concepts were simple to grasp and apply whilst being easily overlooked!

Catherine Noel, Canon UK

If your business or personal life depends on great communication, then you need the Pitching Bible by Paul Boross.

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