Are you puzzled about publishing? Do you want to get published but have no idea where to start? Looking to self-publish your book but don’t know what options you have? Every writer has been in your shoes at one time. In today’s post, I’m going to talk about different ways to publish your work. You don’t have to have a significant portfolio of pieces. You don’t need to wait forever to get your first clip.
9 Different Places to Publish Your Work
Your First Clips
If you are primarily an article and blog post writer, there are several ways to help get eyes on your work. Don’t get me wrong, landing guest posts and paid posts on web sites is a great thing. However, you can put together some profile samples in a snap using these platforms.
Medium-I have heard fantastic things about the platform Medium. You sign up for an account and post what you write. People can read your work and give feedback. When you post your writings on Medium, you are essentially adding pieces to your portfolio.
WriteSpike-WriteSpike is another new site that you can publish your writing. I have been writing for them for about two months. I love the website and how everyone is very active as far as giving feedback. The pieces I have published here are in niches where I don’t have any clips on other sites. Therefore, I will have samples to show potential clients.
Your Blog-Starting a blog is another excellent way to generate published clips to show potential clients.
More Ways to Publish Your Work
National Websites-Cold pitching to different publications on the web takes a lot of work. However, it can lead to some pretty awesome things. The third pitch I sent out was for a piece I wrote about how to evaluate a daycare from an insider’s point of view. I wound up landing a post on The Huffington Post and received a response from Ariana Huffington herself. Quite exciting for a new writer. However, it doesn’t always work this way. You need to prepare yourself for a lot of rejection, but eventually, you may land something. You don’t know if you don’t try. Go for it.
Smaller Sites-If going after the big dogs right away is intimidating to you, or you write in a specific niche, research smaller publications in that niche. Do a search with your niche +write for us; you are bound to find some more modest places to pitch. Keep in mind that they may have tiny budgets to pay you or none at all. Small or non-existent budgets can happen with big sites too. For example, Scary Mommy used to pay $100 for a post and then quit.
Self-Publishing Your First Book
Publishing your first book is a big deal. Still, it can be very confusing because there are so many platforms that you can print through. One thing I will warn you about is vanity presses. These sharks in suits charge you thousands and thousands of dollars to publish your book and make promises to the moon. If someone like this contacts you, run for the hills. There are plenty of other places that you can publish your book through that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Amazon KDP-I’ve used Amazon KDP to publish my e-books, and it is straightforward. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you will need to sign up for one. If you already have one, you can log in using your credentials. Once you’re logged in, hit “publish new title” and the dashboard will walk you through the rest of the process. I have not used them for a print book yet, so I don’t have any feedback on that. If you publish a print book through them, I would love to hear about your experience.
More Platforms for Your Book
IngramSpark-Another popular platform to publish through is IngramSpark. If you are looking to get into bookstores, this is the place you want to be. Publishing your first book with them can be complicated and confusing. There is a learning curve here. I have published my two children’s books in both paperback and hardcover with them. Still, once you get the process down, it’s not so bad. Also, they have outstanding customer service if you need help.
Draft2Digital-From what I’ve heard in my writing groups, authors love Draft 2 Digital. Not only do they distribute to various retailers, but they will also format your e-book for you. To me, that is worth publishing with them alone. If you want to know more, go to their site and see what all they can offer.
Lulu-I have also heard good things about this company. They print hardcover, print, and e-books.
There are many different ways to get your work published and out there in the public eye. If you are a new writer, this should be good news for you. Take some time to figure out the best way to present your work to the world. If things don’t go as planned at first, don’t get discouraged. Writing and publishing is a constant journey. Are you having trouble trying to figure out what kind of writer you want to be? Then please check this post, Oh, The Things You Can Write. This should help you figure out which direction you want to go in.
Do you have a publishing story? Do you have any tips about publishing? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.