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Offline palmharborman

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First time author
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:20:43 pm »
This is my first experience here. I recently completed my first novel: Sandcastles To Club Fed.  I would like to share it with readers. Does anyone  have any advice? 
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    Offline churlishfellow

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    Re: First time author
    « Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 03:05:04 pm »
    I just delved into the world of self-publication a few weeks ago and so far I've found smashwords.com to be the most helpful website.  The site has a very helpful publishing guide, is free to sign up at and is an easy way to share a book, even if you don't intend to charge anything for it.  If you're looking to start selling a book, it's a great place to start as well.  From there I moved on to self-publication on Amazon.com, which didn't have as much reassuring advice as you went along, but still wasn't that difficult.  

    If you're looking to have print-on-demand books available to sell, try out createspace.com.  I'm still in the middle of setting my book up there - it takes quite a bit more work, as you need to delve into typesetting a lot more than you need to with an e-book.  

    There are other sites as well that allow for self-publication, especially of e-books, such as PubIt! and LuLu.


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    Mark



     
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    Offline WillPetersen

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    Re: First time author
    « Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 03:19:03 pm »
    Once you have your ISBN and all your conversions set up, you can also make your books available on GoodReads.com, they have a community that is similar to Facebook, though it is only for books and readers. You can also look at BookDaily.com and Published.com, both free and easy to use.

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