I am by no means an expert on self-publishing, but I thought it would be helpful if I compiled all of the resources I use in one place.
If you want to publish an e-book, Smashwords is a good place to start. They offer up the most formats to publish in and the site is very easy to navigate. By following a few simple rules, you can be included in their Premium Catalog and your book will be made available to Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobos, Apple, and Amazon.
After you’ve conquered Smashwords, the next place to go is Amazon. Although with inclusion in Smashwords Premium Catalog your book will be sold through Amazon, I think it’s good to double up. I’ve been waiting almost two months for Amazon though Smashwords to put Glimpse up for sale, but it took me less than a day to have it show up when I used Amazon directly.
Barnes and Noble is coming out with Pubit soon to compete with Amazon. I’ve signed up to get more information when it launches.
Initially, when I joined Youpublish, I put up a free excerpt of Glimpse and then the whole book for sale. After a couple of weeks, loads of people had read the excerpt and no one had bought the book, so I took both down. Just today I decided to put the excerpt back up. I’m not sure why I thought lots of people reading an excerpt of my book, but not buying it was a bad thing. At the end of the excerpt I posted the links to purchase Glimpse on Smashwords and Amazon so that if people are interested in reading more, they can.
Scribd is a great place to put up excerpts of your work and illicit feedback. I have the first forty pages of Glimpse on Scribd. It just helps put you out there. Plus, there’s all kinds of weird-ass things to read on Scribd, from recipes to fan fic, to Fortune 500 companies quarterly reports.
If you want to publish your book as a paperback, CreateSpace is a great option. I used them to publish my awesometastic paperback version of Glimpse that you see me having a photo shoot with a few posts back. The quality is beyond what I expected. Of course, you have to put into it what you expect to get out of it and make it look as professional as you can.
Another option that I haven’t used, but am considering trying out with my next book, Glimmer, is Lightning Source. I’ve read good things about them from Zoe Winters-a wonderful resource to indie writers herself.
When I first started out on my self-publishing endeavors, I found a lot of useful information in ebook success 4 free by Jason Matthews. It’s a good step-by-step plan to follow if you are starting from the beginning. I highly recommend it.
I think I’ll save marketing strategies for another time, there are many and I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me. For now, at least you know some options to go out there and publish your work for free.