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 a wealth of information on how to self-publish along with everything from step-by-step guides to completing your electronic tax interview.

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 and distributed to 39,000 online retailers, we’ll show you how to do it yourself for as little as the cost of $50 USD.

What is a vanity press? Click here.

Here’s a list of the main self-publishing platforms to get you started:

  1. http://www.smashwords.com
  2. http://www.lulu.com
  3. http://www.kdp.amazon.com
  4. http://www.ingramspark.com
  5. http://www.createspace.com
  6. http://www.nook.com

At Gangsters Publishing, we teach you how to distribute your work because we don’t want your royalties. We want you to have your royalties. As helpful as it may seem for online self-publishing vanity press companies to offer distribution on your behalf, the cost is usually 30% of your royalty earnings, even after Amazon’s 30% cut. Ouch!

If you Google “self-publishing,” you’re going to get the first page of the search results filled with links to vanity presses. Our goal? To educate you on how to distribute your book yourself while saving thousands of dollars. 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 now.

The list of platforms linked above offer free publishing aside from Ingramspark.com, which is a mere $50 USD. They offer formats such as digital, paperback and hardcover formats while provided the widest distribution available from any POD (Print on demand) company. Since some of the brick and mortar stores order from Ingram (as well as Baker and Taylor), the bookstore return-ability is a value to have if you want your book on your local store shelves. 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 in direct competition with Amazon (apparently). 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. This has created a conflict of interest. On the upside, it’s free and they print a mean paperback.

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)