Can I publish a book without paying or looking for a publisher?
“Can I publish a book myself without paying or looking for a publisher for my book?”
Yes, you absolutely can!
While securing a traditional publishing deal is a dream for many writers, you will be happy to know that it’s not the only way to bring your book to the market and make it available for sale.
Traditional and self-publishing have their pros and cons. Even though the former has been popular in the past, the latter is growing in prominence now.
Budding writers no longer have to wait for a green light from a traditional publisher. Writers can promptly bring their stories to the readers, connecting with audiences without delays accompanying the conventional route.
They also get to experiment with their writing – with genres, styles, and formats. Liberated by the dictates of the publishing market, they get to hone their skills and learn new ones along the way.
How to Publish without Paying?
With the passage of time and advances in technology, the writer now has the option of even publishing a book without paying and with little effort.
Many eBook publishers can release a diverse range of titles each year without adhering to the constraints imposed by the traditional publishing process. Writers opt for self-publishing for reasons such as creative control, achieving a quicker time to hit the market, etc.
You don’t necessarily have to spend your hard-earned money to showcase your creative potential and bring your book to the attention of your target audience. It can be done through various self-publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle for eBooks and DIY Publishing for print books. Your manuscript can be visible to the public without bearing any upfront costs. In addition to seeing the result of your toil reach the market quickly. You also get to keep the profits made through book sales! That’s a win-win situation for you!
Reputed DIY Publishing platforms will
- 1. Provide you with software on which you can
- Create your book
- Create a book cover
- 2. Once the final files for the manuscript and cover are handed over to the publisher, you can request them to list your book for sale.
- 3. When the book is listed the reputed DIY platform will provide you with the following facilities for free
- Book printing,
- Order packing and dispatch,
- Book sales record and
- Regular disbursement of royalty to authors based on the book sales.
In India, where print books are the preferred medium for reading, the awareness of free publishing or DIY Publishing for print books is growing rapidly, and many writers are taking advantage of becoming authors for free.
Professional services if desired can be taken on payment, like:
- Professional formatting
- Book Designing
- Professional Book Covers
- Listing on Popular Online Book Portals
- International Distribution
How do you publish without looking for a publisher?
Creating a book demands a writer’s artistry, but to unveil it to the world, you don’t always require the assistance of a publisher! In the digital age, authors are wielding the power to write and publish a book on their own, thus breaking free from traditional constraints.
This method has allowed writers across ages to have their dreams of becoming ‘published authors’ fulfilled with ease, without the fear of being ‘rejected’ by the traditional publishing houses or otherwise, having to endure their long and laborious process, which sometimes takes years for its fulfilment.
To publish a book without a publisher is a reality but a fact often overlooked. This means the writer will do the work of a writer and a publisher. Here the writer has two options: one is to take professional help for each step of publishing or develop capabilities to carry out each step by themselves. He needs to develop the following skills.
- Professional editing
- Designing a book interior
- Designing a book cover to make an impression
- Applying for an ISBN
- Price your book sensibly
- Publishing a book
- Keep an eye on sales & distribution of your book
- Market your book
Once the manuscript is printed and published, marketing, sales, and distribution are the next steps.
But, of course, when the author is doing it all by themselves, attention has to be given not only to books’ contents, their transformation into a book, it’s distribution sales and a critical step of marketing the book.
What is stopping you? Seize the opportunity, tell your story, and let the world discover your unique narrative. The road to self-publishing may have challenges, but with determination and strategic choices, it might open doors of literary adventure for you!!
Here are stories of self-published authors
Zorba Book’s Interview with Savi Sharma