Is it your dream to write and self publish a book?

If you answered "Yes", then you're at the right place.

Is this another site about writing and self-publishing a book?

Yes. And no.

Depending on where you are on your road to writing and self-publishing your book, you may see material here that's brand new. Or some things you read and see here will be familiar (could act as a valuable reminder).

If you're just starting (or planning to start) on your self-publishing journey, you will find useful material here.

What's the goal at The Complete Self-Publisher?

You know what I'm tired of hearing?

The Complete Self Publisher

"Write your book in 7 days."

...and the other BS that's splashed all over the web.

Do you think Stephen King or Jack Canfield write their books in 7 days?

Me neither.


Everything on this website is about writing and self-publishing a QUALITY piece of literature.


There's more to writing and self-publishing a book than just throwing words on paper and uploading files to a website. Seriously, it takes blood, sweat and tears to create a quality book, whether non-fiction or fiction.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Ernest Hemingway

On this site sometimes I'm going to say things that some people won't like.

Can I be totally honest with you?

That's just too bad.

Not everyone is cut out to write and self-publish a book, and this website is not about sugar-coating the process of writing and self-publishing.

So, what makes this website so special?

The Complete Self-Publisher is just that: to equip you with the tools (ideas, methods, techniques, guides) to be THE COMPLETE SELF-PUBLISHER.

Here, you will find answers to questions like these...

  • "How do I set goals to write and finish my book?"
  • "How do I stay motivated to finish writing my book?"
  • "How do I write a nonfiction book?"
  • "What do I need to self-publish my book?"
  • "What do I need to self-publish my book on the Kindle?"

...and a lot more.

Your complete resource with everything you need to write and self-publish a book.

Your book.

Not just about putting words on paper and uploading files...

  • Starting with the idea for your book. Where to check for ideas? How to determine whether your idea is viable, if there is a market for the book. And a whole lot more.
  • You will find help with methods and steps on determining practical goals for your book. This will enable you to write and self-publish your book (or books), and reach the level of success you want.
  • You will also learn how to write your non-fiction book. I share my 35+ years' experience in the technical writing field, as well as my 12+ years as an indie author.
  • You will discover how to format your book for various online publishers, thus avoiding costly and time consuming mistakes. You will easily be able to format your ebook as well as your hard copy (paper) book.

And, in addition, I will share the business aspects of self-publishing and operating as an independent author.

Who is Colin Dunbar?

I'm an expert technical writer with 37 years' experience, plus 12 years of self-publishing. I started my first site in 2004, and self-published my first book, selling it from my site as a PDF ebook. I have self-published a total of 6 books; hard copy, Kindle and at Smashwords. Seventh book is coming soon.

So, I'm not a best-selling author... in technical writing I've encountered all the elements of an independent author: working to tight deadlines, writer's block was never an excuse, we have to stay motivated to get the manual finished.

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