If you are an aspiring author, self-publishing has become a snap using services like Amazon’s CreateSpace that take advantage of print-on-demand technology. Print-on-demand eliminates the need to print and store an inventory of books. CreateSpace will make your printed editions available through the normal wholesales book distributor network as a part of their publishing service. They will also handle placing your books on Amazon and other online bookstores. In addition, they will handle all the steps necessary to place your book in Amazon’s Kindle Store so that an ebook edition is available worldwide for Kindle, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, and Android-based devices. There other self-publishing services to be covered in future post, but I have used CreateSpace and recommend them without reservation.
Some authors are beginning to skip the print edition step. Amazon’s “Kindle Direct Publishing” has made it fast and easy to do so. Download your manuscript and follow the other steps on the Kindle Direct Publishing site and you will start earning royalties from worldwide sales of your ebook. That assumes, of course, that there are readers who want to read your book. You still have to write a good book, and you still have to get the word out to prospective customers for your book.