We all know that self-publishing can be expensive. It costs money for editing, formatting, cover design, and the biggest cost – printing books. This can be daunting for a writer who does not have much cash. But there are ways to self-publish your book without spending a lot of money. Let’s look at some of them.
While I am a strong believer in having your work professionally edited, I recognize that there are those of you who simply don’t have the extra funds. But you really cannot edit your own work. If there is a college or university in your community, see if you can find an English student to help you. Or try the local high school and ask around if anyone knows a teacher who would be willing to go over your material. Make sure you are clear what kind of editing you want done – substantive or copy editing – so that there are no misunderstandings.
Next to printing, this can be the biggest cost to a self-publisher. But there are places to find covers for a reasonable price. One site is http://www.fiverr.com. Everything is only $5.00! Have 3 or 4 covers made to choose from. Each graphic designer has a portfolio that you can look at. Or use http://www.myecovermaker.com and make a 2D cover for your book. Then you can make a 3D design to promote your book on your website.
This is a great tool from Amazon.com for publishing print books. Although they sell packages, if you have your book print ready there should be minimal cost. They are really a true POD because they print a book as it is ordered. They take a percentage of the payment and that is how they recover the print cost. They let you know how they want the book formatted and they also offer free cover design!
One of the easiest ways to self-publish is to put out an ebook. All the major players like Kindle, Kobo and Smashwords are set up to take you through the stages of making an ebook. There is also a lot of freeware, sites and videos online that tell you how to format an ebook. After you upload it, your book becomes available to readers from all over the world. A couple of savvy authors have even gotten quite rich from their ebooks – Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey are millionaires.
It does not have to cost a fortune to self-publish your book. With minimal investment you can have your book out there for readers to purchase. If it becomes popular, then you can look at investing more money to get it out to a larger audience.
For more ideas on self-publishing, read Self Publishing in Canada: A complete guide to designing, printing and selling your book. Buy it from any independent bookstore or at http://www.selfpublishing.ca for print or ebook format.