Here is an overview of the three choices of free self-publishing avenues that we will be detailing over the next month. There are other companies that will publish your book and you will get similar results. These companies offer more hand-holding and advice, yet they do charge money for this support.
My goal here to get you into print for free. I will be leaving some of the details out of this blog, as this is the basis of my next book.
However, I figured this process out, so can too.
For those who want a step-by-step detailed explanation, the complete how-to book will be available in early 2014.
We will be working on three separate versions of your self-published book. The first and most difficult will be the POD or Print-on-Demand version.
This is essentially a paperback book stored in a computer, but the book is manufactured as orders come in. You can also order copies for yourself. You will have to pay for the books you order at a reduced price, but the preparation of the paperback is free, so is the listing on Amazon.
I chose Amazon’s CreateSpace because it is free and is relatively easy to use.
If you want to go to the website and bang around, create an account before I get into he details, you can go to createspace.com/
If you want more hand-holding, just google Print-on-Demand, POD or self-publishing and you will find several companies.
There will be some technical expertise needed to publish your book, but that is expected. If you do not want to do anything but publish your words without a cover you could go to the eBook section as that is exactly what the third selection of this discourse will be. We
Then what we will do is take your book, cut off the back of your cover and create a Kindle version. The great thing about the Kindle version is that it can be downloaded and read on phones, PCs, Apple computers and, of course a Kindle.
This website https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin
Then we will take the same files you used for the kindle and create another book using a different website. This one is going to be an eBook using Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/
Now as promised, here is the link to a template to a book in MS word.
You should open it and take a good look, save a copy and see how you can use it. If you have specific questions about the file make a comment on the blog.
I am making this template available to you for a short period of time. Take advantage of it.
If you like the first few pages you could buy my book “Holly Would, But Stacy Won’t” on amazon or Smashwords.com
Coming up creating your POD book and getting it ready for publishing.