From the book:
Thanks to quantum advances in self-publishing, anyone who can write a book can publish it. Like so many things, this can cost a lot, a little, or almost nothing. Amazon.com offers both free and paid self-publishing services.
If you do your own editing, formatting, and cover art, you can publish your own book in Kindle format with no cost. Check out the free Kindle book “Building Your Book for Kindle” for detailed instructions. Professional editing for a full-length book can cost $1,000 to $2,000. I edited mine myself and it took six months.
The paint.NET design software for the cover art defeated me. I paid someone on http://www.fiverr.com to design it for me. Amazon charges much more for help with cover art than the artists on Fiverr do. http://Www.createspace.com’s cover design templates are easy to use if you want to do it yourself.
If you want your book to be available in physical form, CreateSpace can help you. You can pay them to take care of all the formatting. Or, if you can do all the work yourself the only cost is for a proof copy and any physical books you order for yourself. They print on demand. When someone orders the book, they print one and mail it out.
The trouble is, Amazon offers fourteen million titles. Unless you advertise, it’s not likely that people will notice yours when browsing around. Look on Fiverr for people who will drive traffic to your book’s Amazon webpage. Other avenues include posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media, and mass emails to your contacts.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.