It's hard to believe I finally got it finished. Well, mostly finished. There will be updates, possibly a revision in the future, and maybe a color, hardbound edition. I am toying with either making a revision with more stuff, or just a companion book to go with. Maybe that and put it all together in one book for the hardbound edition. It was incredibly easy to publish my own book. I used Microsoft Word to write it out, and PhotoShop to process the pictures and graphics. Places like Smashwords and Kindle (Amazon) make it very easy to publish an eBook, and Lulu and CreateSpace (Amazon) make it very easy to produce a Print on Demand (POD) book. All of them let you create and sell for free, only taking a percentage of any sales. They have cover creation programs to help with getting a really nice cover, too. If anyone is interested in publishing their own book, I would highly recommend these sites. Lulu also does eBooks, but I think Smashwords has a bigger distribution area, as does Amazon's sites. With eBooks, Smashwords has a lot of different formats, more than Lulu. Amazon's Kindle is just for the Kindle. Make sure you download their formatting requirements, which they give for free. I followed them to the letter and didn't have to redo anything - got approved first shot. They also have professional services available for a fee, if you get stuck.
I only know about these that I've presented. Unfortunately, I really don't know about the others out there.
Links to publishing sites I am using:
- Smashwords (eBooks, many formats): http://www.smashwords.com/
- Lulu (POD and eBooks): http://www.lulu.com/
- Kindle (eBook for Amazon's Kindle): https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/KDPSelect
- CreateSpace (Amazon POD): https://www.createspace.com/
Here are some links to articles I read while looking for a way to get my book out:
- Article on Self Publishing: http://reviews.cnet.com/self-publishing/
- Article - how to publish an eBook: http://reviews.cnet.com/how-to-self-publish-an-e-book
- Comparisons of major self-publishing companies: http://dreamnotion.zhollis.com/2011/10/05/lulu-createspace-lightning-source-kindle-smashwords-oh-my/
- Another Comparison: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/10/2011/ebook-aggregators-comparison-chart
- Comprehensive list of POD sites: http://www.bookmarket.com/ondemand.htm
Meanwhile, I am updating this blog/web space with as much as I can cram into it. My publisher is me, usually listed as Thistle Rose Studio. TRS was my old business up in Vermont and then Kentucky, where I made sewn and knit housewares and gifts for sale. I still have a blog up for TRS, even if I don't actually have the business anymore, and use it for special orders or instruction. You can find that here at http://www.thistlerosestudio.com/. It's also my personal site, so there will be all kinds of posts and pages there.
UPDATE 8/24/12: I am posting an update here as I have discovered I like CreateSpace much more than I like Lulu for the paperback. Why?
- CreateSpace's shipping is faster, cheaper and they have tracking available. Lulu falls short here.
- I can buy copies of my own book cheaper at CreateSpace
- I like their creation and posting tools better - easier to use
- I like their book building site better, also easier to use and update.
- I think the distribution options are better as well.