Publishing Book

@ileiap (11)
United States
February 27, 2007 10:00am CST
I live in a small town in Maine, and finished writing a book about a year ago. I have been searching for a somewhat cheap way to have it published, but have had no luck and am a little hesitant to try the do it yourself way. I am not looking to be rich, I simply would like to have it out there for other peoples enjoyment, and to say I've acheived the goal I've been aiming for for years. Does anyone have any ideas, or are in the same boat? Thanks! :)
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11 responses
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
I have been publishing at lulu.com I am a translator of the Word of God from Greek to English. I have already published GENESIS, EXODUS, LEVITICUS (Greek-English), THE WILL New Testament (Greek to English), ELEMENTS of SALVATION, The Right Way, GOD, ORIGIN, TRANSFER into PERFECTION, GREEK-ENGLISH (Grammar & Vocabulary), WORDS in THE WILL New Testament, and others shown at http://www.lulu.com/arseniajoaquin I have not spent even a single cent in publishing these. There are no set up fees. Authors are not even required to buy even a single copy of their books. In fact I have not seen any copy of any of my books as I have no money and I don't even have any credit card. I think some users here in myLot are looking for publishers. You may be interested to publish there also. It's very easy to follow instructions, easy to publish, and become a published author without even spending a single cent like me:)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
This is a very helpful information to those who dream to publish. Even poor people can now be published authors. Yes, apparently lulu.com is a great help to you. I hope to publish something someday also. May God continue to bless you.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Yes, I think lulu.com is a very good site for PODs. Some publishers require high set up fees, and purchase of books of not only one copy but they prescribe some sort of minimum number of copies which is also expensive on the part of the author.
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@gotbot (46)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Have you marketed the manuscript to any publishers or agents? I worked with an agent in New York and was able to publish through him with Andrews McMeel. He was a great benefit in helping me sell to a publisher. So check out the resources the others have suggested, and meanwhile keep sending query letters and sample chapters out to as many agents and publishers as you can. Perseverse and you'll reach your goal. Best of luck.
@greengal (4286)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Ileiap I recently published my first poetry book and that too for free, ya you read it right it was completely free..Go to www.lulu.com which allows you to publish your content and in any language for free. They have all the tools you need to design your book the way you want. I did mine only a few weeks back and I've already sold 7 copies. You get to set the price on your book. Since it's an online publication there is no hassle of stocking printed copies and the like, hence no investment from our side. So go ahead and check the site,I'm sure you will find it useful. Since you are in the US, all the better. :)
@greengal (4286)
• United States
28 Feb 07
You can check my book at www.lulu.com/content/679023
@ileiap (11)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Thank you for the information and I have checked out the site. My only question is as far as editing and proofing, you must have done this yourself? I'm having trouble with what you can print, and what you would have to get permission for (as far as restaurants/business names, etc...) Also, aren't there legalities involved? This just seems to easy and good to be true...I don't see how it can be free :) Thank you again!
@whacks (774)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I have published some books at lulu and I have published them for free. You might be interested to try to publish your books there. The URL for my books where you may start to search is http://www.lulu.com/donedwinjoaquin
@cdv102 (132)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I've worked in publishing for ten years now and have been published myself and I get this question all the time. I just found out about lulu.com, which a lot of people have already mentioned, so that might be a good place to start. But if you want to go a more traditional route, pick up the Novel Writer's Market, which you can find at any Barnes and Noble in the reference section, or the Literary Marketplace, which you can find at the library. They both list all the publishers available, whether or not they accept unsolicited manuscripts, what format to send your writing in, who to contact, what kind of stuff they publish, etc., etc. Also, Simon & Schuster holds a yearly contest for unpublished authors, so you might want to check that out as well. And if you definitely don't want to go the self-publishing route, try to get yourself an agent. Most houses will accept unsolicited manuscripts, but it'll most likely end up in what we call a "slush pile" and the odds of making it out of there are slim at best. If you don't impress the editor (or whatever intern is going through the pile) within the first few pages, you're done. Things that come in through an agent are taken much more seriously. Good luck!
• United States
28 Feb 07
Hi there, I don't know how much research you've done, but you should check out the Self-Publishing Yahoo Group. There are a lot of successful authors that post to the group regularly and can give you loads of info from doing it all yourself to signing up with a POD printer. Do you know the book "Eragon" that was just out as a movie? It was self-published by a kid whose father used to post to that Yahoo group before "Eragon" was bought my a major publisher. If you're thinking of using Lulu but have a little extra cash to spare I'd suggest using Lightning Source as that will get you into the Ingram database, which means any bookstore will be able to order your book. This is invaluable! You can find info on it in the Yahoo group.
• China
28 Feb 07
I recommend u to pst ur book on internet,like some forums.If people like it then publisher will surely find u..
@sasklily (240)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I have not had a need for a publisher, but in browsing some time ago I bookmarked a site, just in case. I see by your responses that someone has already given you this name and has used them to publish. The site is www.lulu.com, so you might like to take a look at it for yourself and see if it could be of some help to you. Good luck!
• Canada
28 Feb 07
Im also in the same boat as you, Although i am still in the middle of writing it, and am still at chapter 3 after months of reviewing and rewriting... Anyways this discussion is pretty helpful, I hope that i may get some information on a cheap way to get a book published...
• Canada
28 Feb 07
As an unpublished wannabe, I haven't done a lot of looking around, but the guys at publishamerica.com seem quite good to me. It might be worth checking out... :)
• Netherlands
28 Feb 07
I know someonethat works at a publishing company and where as I am not sure how much it would cost I know that people can sign up with them to have their books published and all that. The link to the website is www.authorhouse.com