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« on: June 27, 2005 07:38:57 AM »

(Writing is a craft, isn't it?)

I'm very much into writing at the moment (always an aspiring writer, not always actually writing) and am thinking about a fast way to publish something and maintain control of my own work. I've looked at http://www.lulu.com which has both printed books and e-books, and I was just wondering if any of you have tried publishing something yourselves, how to make people find your book etc.

I will probably try submitting something to a publisher in the future, but I find myself writing so many different things (short stories, poems etc in two languages) that I can't even see myself how they could be put together. Any suggestions? (Hard to tell, perhaps, without reading my work.) This is also one of the reasons I'm considering publishing something myself; there would be no demands on length and so on, and I could incorporate some of my photos as well.

So... Any writers on Craftster with experiences or thoughts on this?

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2005 08:46:10 AM »

Is this what you're looking for?


I write, although I'm not anywhere near ready to publish.  However, a few people on my site are, and this is one of the websites somebody mentioned is very helpful.

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2005 02:48:27 PM »

My brother-in-law self-published a book and swears by (not at) Dan Poynter's "The Self-Publishing Manual"--which I've also read, thinking about my own work.  This book focuses mainly on the print world rather than e-publishing, but it covers lots of useful ground. You can get free info and inspiration at Poynter's website:


Also, don't know how familiar you are with the writing world, but the intro to all kinds of places to submit your work is the Writer's Market.

Keep writing! Keep reading!
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2005 03:22:35 PM »

Thanks, I never thought to ask that question here!  I too am trying to get published, but am stuck at the illustration part.  I think that I am going to go the self-pub way, just to see what happens.  Good info you guys!

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2005 09:11:16 AM »

oh wow. i am *so* glad i found this post! i was actually just doing a lil online research on this topic myself all morning, and then i thought i'd take a craftster break, and just happened to plop "book publishing" in the search box for fun - and lo and behold this is exactly what i was hoping for! the thought of publishing my own stuff is so daunting, but totally exciting at the same time. there's far less rejection (you're not going to turn down your *own* submission, now are you?) and it allows for complete creative control. the best way to begin may be to publish your own chapbook, that way you totally can combine all of your eclectic prose, poetry and photo elements, and combine your love of DIY to boot! a photocopier, some cardstock for the cover, and a little bit of time may just turn out to be your best starting step. then you can shop it around to indie bookstores in your area for consignment, or pimp it to friends and family since the cost should be fairly cheap.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2005 09:02:39 AM »

I did NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org) last year, and as a prize for finishing, I was able to receive a free copy of my 'novel' from lulu.com.
It's not a book I'm ready to self-publish just yet, but lulu.com was great, and to be able to hold your book in your hands is really better than I would have thought.
Just keep writing!

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