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How do you publish your first book yourself?
That's a big question. As Digital Dracula puts it, it's like asking, "What car should I buy?" or "How do I write music?" But to give you a starting point:
It's pretty easy to self-publish these days so you can be sure that you can. So the first task is to actually write the book. With your close to graduation, it is time to get down to the details of self-publishing. But it certainly helps to have an idea of where you are going.
You can publish a printed book, a paper book, and / or an electronic book like a Kindle or a Nook, or a simple PDF.
Contact a self-publisher for a paper book. There are basically two types:
(a) The ones who print almost anything you give them. You send them the text of the book in a suitable electronic format - usually PDF - and they print it out. You have to take care of each proofreading, format the book exactly how you want it, design the cover, etc. They will then put it up for sale to online sellers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Any marketing that doesn't just show up looking for potential customers is yours.
(b) Those who proofread your book, do the formatting, design the cover, etc. They will then put it up for sale again.
Group (a) charges minimal upfront fees these days. There may be a setup fee or cost to print proofs, but typically less than $ 100. Group (b) charges substantial amounts of money, typically thousands of dollars, for their services.
Either way, you will receive royalties when copies of the book are sold.
Do you live in usa Your profile mentions the United States, but doesn't say if you actually live here. But here in the US, CreateSpace (owned by Amazon), Lulu, and Lightning Source are the major "do it yourself" publishers. You might want to check into them. I published my first book with Lulu and my second and third with CreateSpace. Both are very much geared towards working with individual, self-publishing writers. Lightning Source mainly works with large publishers. You will be working with a single writer, but that is not your target customer.
I don't want to name type (b) editors as I've never worked with any of them. I will warn you, many of them are marginal frauds: they ask for large sums of money and give very little in return. But some are legitimate, and if you need the services they offer, it can be worth the investment.
If you want to publish an electronic book, you can use Kindle digital publishing. They are designed to work with individual authors. I have published two of my books through them. They will walk you through the entire process of creating and publishing your e-book. I understand there are other services out there - I've heard SmashWords mentioned a lot - but I've never used them, so there's not much I can say about them.
Expect most or all of your sales to be online. It is very difficult to get a self-published book from an author who is not yet known in bookstores. I have spoken to many writers who have made significant efforts to get their books into bookstores and most have achieved nothing. The few success stories I've heard are people who took their book to a small local bookstore. Your chances of being picked up by a national chain are minimal. Personally, I don't waste my time. I wrote a computer book that is sold in a college bookstore where the college uses it as a textbook. I have a book about the Bible that is sold in a tiny bookstore attached to a church. That's nice, but probably 70% of my sales come from Amazon.
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