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Friday, June 15, 2012

The 5 Best Self-Publishing Companies


Writing books may be the best form of self-expression and the communication of ideas. Writers have plenty to say and the buying public waits anxiously for the next engaging body of work. The old way to write and make a name for yourself was hinged on a Madison Avenue publishing house that agreed with your artistic vision. However, today things are looking up for new and established writers with a wealth of self-publishing outlets that get your book to market with one click of the mouse.

Choose your self-publishing company using the guidelines that are the most important to you. Some authors select a self-publishing venue for the price points charged for a book cover, the expansiveness of the buying market, or for the name recognition that publisher has earned. Whether you are a new or experienced author, there is a self-publishing company waiting to represent your next novel or self-help manuscript.

1. Lulu
Publish your e-books for free with Lulu and enjoy a suite of tools to help get you started. Lulu has been recognized as one of the fastest growing self-publishing sites and applauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and a host of other prestigious names. Get your work up and running on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Nook and more with the easy to navigate Lulu.com.



2. Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle venue is ideal for authors who want immediate and powerful exposure on Amazon.com. Writing a kindle book requires that the text be formatted in HTML and software systems are available to help new authors with this writing transition. Submit your manuscripts to Kindle Singles for immediate consideration on almost any topic.



3. WingSpan Press
Touted as the lowest cost self-publishing packaged plans around, Wingspan Press takes care of everything. New books are issued an ISBN number, bar code, copyright protection and more while enjoying maximum exposure to the best book markets around the world. WingSpan Press clearly lays out their prices with no hidden surprises or last minute fees to pay. Retain all of your rights to your book and get published today.




4. Cafe Press
Print on demand at Cafe Press with no set-up fees or contracts to sign. Book graphics may be color or black and white and Cafe Press offers five book sizes and three binding options to ensure quality and style of your photographs. In addition to self-publishing tools, transfer your designs to stickers, stationery and T-shirts and manufacture your products with one stop shopping at Cafe Press.



5. Xlibris
Start writing and get published with worldwide exposure at Xlibris.com. For nearly two decades, Xlibris has helped over 35,000 new authors get published using the company's marketing department, editing services and book selling expertise.



Knowledge is power, and the first step to becoming inspired to write is knowing where to market your book. Once you have the publishing solution to meet your budget and publishing requirements, your mind is free to concentrate on the creative elements of your book. Work a little each day on your manuscript and before you know it, the work is done.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny babysitter.
She welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

Thank you for Debra for your guest post on self publishing.  I personally use CreateSpace a subsidiary of Amazon and have been quite happy with them. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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