I had one such interaction this morning, via email, with a man who attended one of my What Would William Shakespeare Do? workshops. He’s a photographer for passion and a landscaper by profession, something that’s very difficult to do in Vermont in winter.
In other words, money is an issue and he’s struggling to cling to his passion in the face of his financial reality. Should he give it up?
As much as the trolls bemoan the now universal access writers have to publishing outlets, here at Full Circle Press, we revel in it because everyone has a story to tell.
And now that we are freed from the gatekeeping constraints of traditional publishing, we have a multitude of ways to tell our stories to one another. In fact, we encourage new authors to try the low or no-cost avenues so they get a feel for the business. Then, if/when they decide to get more serious, they know how the process works and how to recognize quality book production services when they see them.
You can publish your book-on-paper for free through Amazon’s Create Space program if you are willing to take the time to make your book cover with their tools, and follow their instructions for how to manage your book’s interior.
You can upload your book electronically for free through Kindle and Smashwords and sell it around the world. Make sure you follow their very detailed instructions on how to do this right using Microsoft Word.
You can construct a book with pictures and text using free software through sites such as Lulu.com, Blurb.com, iBook.com (using Apple’s iPhoto software), and MyPublisher.com. You have to pay for the finished books (these sites make their money on printing) but you can create your books for free.
You do understand that unless you’re familiar with this type of work, the results may look less than professional.
But you will be published. And you’ll learn A LOT.