So you want to be an author. You want to write and have your book published. You want to see your name in print. You want to see your words in print. You want to sell books. You want to make money from your books.
Just a few short years ago, being a published author was something that only a few select people enjoyed – unless you went the route of vanity presses and paid a load of money to have your book published and printed.
In the days of old, if you wanted to be published, you had to submit your manuscript to one publisher at a time and wait for weeks or months to hear back from them, usually with a rejection letter. Unless you knoew someone, had an exceptionally fantastic manuscript, or were already published, you pretty much didn’t stand a chance to be published by the big publishing houses. You could, however, pay a vanity press to print your book for you – and it surely wasn’t cheap (and still isn’t!).
Lucky for the rest of the population, there have a been a lot of changes in the publishing world. Now the world is our oyster and just about anyone with the dream of publishing a book can see that dream come true.
Today, there’s self-publishing, and if you choose to self-publish on the Kindle, then it can be totally free – unless you do outsourcing, such as hiring a ghostwriter or a graphic designer to do your Kindle book covers, etc. Kindle books far outsell traditional physical books on Amazon these days. Writers can write a book, edit it, format the book, have the Kindle book cover made, upload the book and cover to Amazon KDP, and have their book live on Amazon within usually 72 hours or less.
Another way to self-publish physical books is to go through Amazon’s CreateSpace, which is Amazon’s publishing company. CreateSpace differs from the other vanity presses in a lot of ways, and is the preferred choice for authors who self-publish. It’s free to sign up, so you can go ahead and create your account now and it’ll be ready when you have your book ready to upload. Just click here now to sign with CreateSpace for free.
With CreateSpace, you don’t have any membership fees or title setup fees. They offer a flexible royality model that is one of the best in the business, allowing you to make a nice royalty off each book you sell. They also give you a free ISBN for your book, if you wish. You aren’t locked into CreateSpace, so if you want to publish your book someplace else, you can (although I don’t know why you’d want to, you do have the option).
AuthorMania is here to offer self publishing resources, tips, guides, and how to information – all intended to help you write a book and publish your book.