Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Resource: Free Publishing and Free Website

Don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of the word FREE. Anytime you can get something free that is also useful in publishing or marketing your book, I suggest you invest the time to use it. These resources are really for when you are finished with the book, but I don't want to forget to give them to you later, so here they are.

I have seen many self-publishing options, but this one may be the best. You can go through an online setup process including uploading your manuscript in Word format, entering additional information, basic cover design or upload your own cover files, and you will have a print-ready designed book. All of this is for FREE. Granted, depending on your publishing plans, this may not work for you. If you are going for the conventional publishing house, more power to ya. I have not made that decision yet. But if you want to self-publish, this option allows you to have zero overhead. If your book takes off and you need a real web press run of books at a lower cost, you can always do that later. This is a great way to get started though. If you have all your ducks in a row, you can get your files uploaded and ready to print a book in about an hour.

Ok, ok. I know what you are thinking. There is more free web space out there than you could ever use. I have two responses to that logic. 1) The more websites and/or web footprints you have, the better (more on web marketing another day). 2) This site is focused on authors, which makes it more friendly for your purposes. The layout has pages for reviews, featured books, author's bio, links, events, and even a blog. This is only for after you have a published book, but when you hit that point, it is a good one.

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