Websites for Self-Publishing.

Tired of getting an agent’s attention? Dispirited with the lack of interest in you as a writer? How about self-publishing your novel?

I took (yet another) Writer’s Digest webinar, this time titled Instant Publishing Models. The leader had a very realistic take on the whole issue: There is NO-ONE out there to help you with promotion. You have to do it all yourself.

So, before you splurge on CreateSpace (yes, you have to pay too), you should seriously think about what you want to get out of this experience. If you want to make money off of it, then you’re going to have a ‘platform’, i.e. people who follow you on Twitter, or Facebook, or breathlessly read your blog or newsletter. If  you don’t have a platform, it is unlikely you will sell many books.

With that in mind, there are several sites you should check out:

  1. Amazon’s Digital Text Platform
  2. Smashwords
  3. Scribd
  4. CreateSpace
  5. Lulu
  6. Lightning Source

Good luck with your writing!


–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED, the Richard III story told from the point of view of his mother. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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