One of the greatest things that makes us unique is that we don’t do distribution. We provide helpful information on how to do it yourself, for free! We don’t want your royalties. Some self-publishing companies will do it for you, but they will take a cut. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find the links you’ll need to self-publish without giving away extra royalties.
With this information, you won’t need to have spent $3000 to $15,000 dollars on a vanity press or a vanity press knock-off to get your book in hardcover format with distribution to 39,000 online retailers.
Just go to Ingramspark.com and do it yourself for $49 USD.
Here’s a list of the main self-publishing platforms to get you started:
If you Google “self-publishing,” you might find a lot of links to vanity presses. The punks don’t want you to know how easy and inexpensive it really is. If you know someone who is self-publishing, tell them about this page!
Our ultimate goal? To educate writers on how to properly self-publish a book the cheapest possible way. We have tons of information on self-publishing and some great ways to go about it. Save your money and buy ONLY the services that you need before you publish.
The list of platforms linked above offer free publishing aside from Ingramspark.com, which is a mere $49 USD. They offer formats such as digital, paperback and hardcover formats while providing the widest distribution available from any POD (Print on demand) self-publishing company. Since some of the brick and mortar stores order from Ingram (as well as Baker and Taylor), the bookstore return-ability insurance is a value to have if you want your book on your local store shelves.
Often times, book stores will not order books unless they can return unsold books. This can save you from getting in debt should they order 100 copies. If they place order, you’ll get paid your royalties. If they return the books, the stores will want their refund. If you have bookseller return insurance, you won’t have to worry about paying the refunds.
Smashwords only sells digital copies but their distribution is also impressively wide.
The Createspace extended distribution is almost the same as Ingramspark, but as word on the street has it, the physical stores aren’t too big on ordering from Createspace since it’s an Amazon company which is a conflict of interest. Createspace is widely known as a platform for self-publishing authors, and because of this, many authors have published without proper editing or proper books cover design. Bookstores are not too keen on ordering books with poor editing and cover designs. On the upside, it’s free. Amazon now prints paperback as well.
How to publish on Ingramspark (Click to open the PDF in a new tab. E-book creation, paperback and hardback.)
How to publish on Lulu.com (Click to open Lulu’s how-to instructions. E-book creation and paperback.)
How to publish to the Amazon Kindle (Click to open Amazon’s how-to instructions. E-book creation and paperback).
How to publish on Smashwords (E-books only.)
Smashwords formatting guide (E-book)