It isn’t easy to publish your own book; there’s a long process, and it isn’t cheap. But while it is recommended to have a big publisher publish your book, there are a few alternatives that can be just as effective.
Deciding to publish your book without a traditional publisher is not an easy decision. But it really depends on the genre of your book, your experience in writing and sales and your intentions. Generally, self-publishing is for business people or novelists new to the industry. The key is to market your book. But to market your book, you need to find somewhere to print it.
Emptying your wallet
There are numerous options for self-publishing – all the way from free to what’s called “vanity” presses. Those are the companies that offer to publish your book for up to $10,000, print thousands of copies and only do minimal marketing. Essentially, if you go with a “vanity” press, you’re going to have a whole lot of books and nowhere to put them.
Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives to “vanity” presses that won’t force you to give all your money away.
Espresso book publishing machine
This wonderful piece of technology can produce a finished book in a matter of minutes. There is a limited number of bookstores and libraries with this publishing machine, one being the Brooklyn Public Library. People can actually watch the book be manufactured. The machine is also relatively cheap; printing a book of 40 to 100 pages costs $8. That leaves so much more time to focus on marketing.
While it may be intimidating to take the leap and publish a book on your own, it might be a good path for you. Big publishing companies tend to turn down many potential clients, but make sure you give them a shot first. Always keep in mind that there other ways to publish a book.
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