What does it take to get published?

Whether you’ve just finished writing, or have had your manuscript lying around for years, it is now easier than ever to publish your writing for the world to read.  And the best part?  You can do it on almost no budget at all!

Ebooks Everywhere

In today’s society, the Ebook is becoming increasingly popular.  Ebook reading devices such as the Kindle and the Nook are becoming more and more advanced, introducing capabilities similar to Apple’s iPad, which also reads Ebooks.  However, one does not need a special device to read an Ebook.  Free downloads and plug-ins allow users on virtually any computer to read and enjoy Ebooks.  All of this means that by simply publishing your writing as an Ebook, you can reach millions of readers all over the world.  This is where online publishers like Lulu.com come in.

Lulu.com as an Ebook Publisher

While Lulu.com is not the only online publisher out there, it’s the one I’ve personally used and had good results with.  Here’s how it works:

  • You create a FREE online account at http://www.lulu.com
  • You start a new project for your writing, following the given directions to create your Ebook and submit it for distribution
  • You wait for iBookstore and BN.com approval

You are published now for Apple devices, Nooks, and on Lulu.com for pretty much everything else.  The only thing missing now is…

Kindle Publishing

Getting published for the Kindle is just as easy as Lulu.com.  You go to www.kdp.amazon.com and create an account.  Then you upload your document and cover art, set your distribution options and price, then submit and wait.  The process is quite simple, and it doesn’t take very long at all to get your book published for Kindle.

Lulu.com for physical publishing

Okay, people all over the world can read your books on their electronic devices.  But what if someone wants a hard copy?  There are still people out there who would rather hold a physical book in their hand and read it, and since you want to reach as many people as possible, your next move would be to get your book published as a hard copy.  This used to be a lot more difficult and costly, but with sites like Lulu.com, you can do it for practically nothing.  The steps are pretty much the same as Ebook publishing.  You upload your document, create a cover using Lulu’s cover creation wizard, set your price and distribution, and you’re published!  Now, if you want your book available on Amazon.com as a hard copy as well as for Kindle, Lulu will handle this for you for FREE.  You must, however, order a proof copy of your book before submitting it for distribution.  This should only cost you for shipping, as Lulu.com will send you a discount code which will cover the production costs of your book.  This kind of publishing is called Print-On-Demand, where your book is only printed whenever someone orders it, and I believe it is the most cost-efficient way to published in the physical world.

Published for practically nothing

My experience with Lulu.com has been a good one.  I spent no more than $4.00 to get my book published on Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones, PCs and Macs, and as hard copies (you can see my results at my website).  With a combination of digital and Print-On-Demand publishing, you can get your book out in the world on any kind of budget.  I hope that by sharing my experience that you will take the initiative on publishing your works.  Try it out, and tell me what you think!  If you have any questions or anything to add, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.  I look forward to hearing your story!

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6 Comments

  1. Great post! I completely second your recommendation of Lulu for physical publishing. It struggles to compete with Amazon as an e-book publisher, I think, but then its terms are a lot fairer and less sneaky (in my opinion!). I gave it a test-run a few years ago by self-publishing a novel with it for a little while and I’ve also used it for a university project (I had to design a children’s book so I went ahead and got Lulu to print it as an actual book) and printing up a couple of copies of a novella (I just like to have things in book form!). They don’t always do the code for a free copy. I got it when I used the site a couple of weeks ago, but the other two times I didn’t. Following your blog!

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