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Get Your Book Published for Free and Get Paid

by on February 10, 2011
in Computers and Software, Tips & How-Tos, Fab Websites :: 41 comments

Amazon's free self-publishing services, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, let you unleash your manuscript on the market and get up to 70% royalties.

For eBooks, the Kindle Direct Publishing process is reasonably simple. You need a book manuscript in Microsoft Word format. and a cover design, saved as a JPEG or TIFF file. (I created one, with a $15 photo from istockphoto.com and Photoshop Elements, in about half an hour.) At that point you follow the steps provided by Amazon to convert and preview your book, then upload it.

You set the pricing, within minimal size and policy guidelines. If your price is between $2.99 and $9.99, you are probably eligible for a 70% royalty rate. For higher-priced books, you get 35%.

Within a few hours, your work will be available for sale in the most popular eBook format out there. And given the broad reach of Kindle apps, readers can enjoy the fruits of your labors on iPhone, iPod and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Windows PC and Mac.

If you still crave the feel of a real printed book in your hands. Amazon has a separate service to meet that need, called CreateSpace. This is a print-on-demand system, where books are printed and bound as they are ordered. Royalty rates are lower than with Kindle, and the setup process is more complicated (but still free).

The end result: your book is available via Amazon, right up there with the Tom Clancys and Stephen Kings of the world. Authors get substantial discounts for copies they buy themselves, a key consideration if you’re planning to use your book as a business-building tool. And you retain all rights to your work, so if your brilliant self-published novel develops a following, you’re entirely free to sign that big contract with Random House.



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XinXii.com as Kindle Direct Publishing alternative

From Matt D. on February 10, 2011 :: 10:47 am

I have found an international alternative to Kindle Direct Publishing: It’s called XinXii.com. The platform enables everybody to upload and sell his eBooks online and worldwide. It’s free of costs and you get paid per download (70% royalty rate). Great as additional sales channel!

http://www.xinxii.com

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Amazon register an account does not work.

From John Newell on February 10, 2011 :: 11:58 am

Seems like a great program for me but the site doesn’t allow me to register. Is this because the program is only available to Americans?

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Useful for business

From stephen on February 17, 2011 :: 4:56 pm

Really useful for business. However, there’s also the danger of authors posting crappy and re-hashed content just for the sake of putting a book out there and getting potential leads.

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I love CreateSpace!

From Melissa Bowersock on March 04, 2011 :: 9:52 am

I have published several books thru Create Space, both older books of mine that had gone out of print and new books that I recently finished. The quality is great and the sales channels are extensive. The marketing all falls to the writer, but since most publishers do minimal marketing except for blockbusters, there’s no difference here. Create Space is great—quick, easy and affordable. I love it.

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How do e-published my books .

From INNOCENT AJEGBA on November 13, 2018 :: 10:47 am

PLS.HELP ME ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLATFORM.

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Thanks for the information. I

From Gayle on April 17, 2011 :: 5:22 pm

Thanks for the information. I have been thinking about e-book publishing on Amazon. Your post helps make it a little less intimidating.

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hello 2 u whatzit is to b known in my world?

From theresa lynn albarracin on January 17, 2012 :: 12:52 pm

yes im writing a book and i need a book publisher that will publish my book and i could get paid for it im trying to go back to school for fashion and other thing keep getting me down and im trying to find ways for money but im keep getting in the jam. have u got any idealsz for what im getting into besides going to school . im trying to c about getting my music on the line to no car i dont have many friends in arbuckle ca. 95912 how do i go about this lopve awaysz theresa lynn albarracin

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Awesome!

From Nickolas Stradley on June 20, 2012 :: 6:25 pm

Thank you for this! my wife has wanted to publish her work for years now! we just couldnt afford it… but finally a way thats free! thank you soooo much!!!

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ALIEN BEINGS FROM BEYOND

From CHARLES THIBAULT on June 06, 2015 :: 5:09 pm

MY BOOK IS PUBLISHED,BUT I DON,T HAVE MONEY TO MARKET THE BOOK I NEED SOME ONE GET THE BOOK SEEN I WILL PAY A CUT WHEN WE MAKE MONEY DON,T KNOW WHAT TO DO THE SELF PUBLISHED BOOK PUBLISHER DIDN,T HELP ME GET MARKETED I HAVE THE BOOK BUT NO SALES.THANKS

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I have a manuscript to be published

From PArlinsmith on August 09, 2012 :: 9:56 am

I want my works published, but i don’t have anough to pay for the publishers fee, will I be published and be allowed to pay from the sales latter?

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affordable self-publishing

From Melissa Bowersock on August 09, 2012 :: 10:21 am

For physical books, you can’t beat Create Space for self-publishing. You can literally publish for the cost of a proof book and shipping, maybe $10. There are other services you can buy as well—editing, cover design, expanded distribution—but you don’t have to. For all formats of e-readers, Smashwords is great. You format your book one time, upload it (for free) and they convert it to ALL forms of e-readers. With both of these places, you set the retail price and your royalties are paid according to that.

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my life as a school teacher

From steve russell on December 05, 2012 :: 11:21 pm

my 43 years in the school profession.real life stories of children and staff in a school.corruption that exist in our schools.

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Loved the article

From Ron on July 06, 2013 :: 12:38 pm

Stephen,
I am a poet. I would like to publish my poems. I found that Lithasa is also doing the poem publishing. I found about lithasa in an article and also seen a guy talking about lithasa in a big way. They are good. they have defined a new publishing format and the design is so good. But have guys know about it? let me know. I am thinking to publish my poems and atleast earn what I deserve rather giving them to some publisher who don’t even care about me.
This is their website. http://www.lithasa.com//

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Have over 50 poems

From Dawnie on September 30, 2015 :: 1:46 pm

I also have been trying to get my poetry book published but all I found is self publishing companies that want an arm and a leg for offering very little in return.  I’ve been writing short novels since I was 13 and poetry since 17.  Been looking for a true publisher.  One that doesn’t charge me for MY work, yet pays me if they sell. And allows me to keep all rights to my work.
I almost fit screwed once, don’t want to again.

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Looking for the right media

From cheryl honeycutt on September 06, 2013 :: 10:49 pm

My “book” is more of a long story, 52 pages typed in Word, using a 12pt font.  It’s about 24,000 words, too long to be considered a true short-story.  Does anyone know the best place to market something like this?  Thanks for any help.

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great free publishing

From Karen Mcardle on December 16, 2013 :: 6:13 pm

I am so delighted i looked and found this site grin

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First time writer

From Bob Mrogrossi on April 17, 2018 :: 6:44 pm

I’m a first time writer. A fiction that could be true. 190 pages. Is it possible to talk with you about getting it published.

My phone number is 716-957-0545. i can be reached
noon to midnight.

Thank you for your help.
Bob Meogrossi

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Book Publishing

From Dawn Whittington Carr on December 27, 2013 :: 1:23 pm

Looks like I might be closer to my dream than I thought.

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How to publish

From dandy ahuruonye on January 31, 2014 :: 11:11 am

Do I need to copyright or patent manuscripts before publishing? How do I go about this? Manuscript ready. I have a proofreader. Just need full info on copyright and or patent, and full details about print & publishing. I also have a few children’s stories for publishing.  Thanks

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Copyright yes, patent no.

From Josh Kirschner on January 31, 2014 :: 11:49 am

Copyrights protect creative works, whereas patents protect inventions and applications. So for your children’s stories, you would be interested in copyright.

You don’t actually have to do anything to copyright your works - they are automatically copyrighted. However, it probably is a wise idea to include a copyright notice (“Copyright 2012 - John Doe”) since it doesn’t take any extra effort and may help prevent “inadverent” infringement and weaken your advisary’s position should you need to go to court.

For additional protection, you can register your copyright with the Library of Congress. A copyright registration establishes a public record of the copyright and also makes you eligible for additional damages and attorney’s fees in court. For a site like Techlicious that publishes thousands of articles, registering each one isn’t practical. But if you’re just publishing a couple of books, it may be worth the small effort and cost. More info on registering your copyright: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/copyrightmystery/text/steps/

Disclosure: I am not an attorney. I don’t even play one on TV. So be sure to consult an attorney if you want actual, real legal advice for your situation.

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Hello, I have a

From tiyari on July 23, 2014 :: 6:47 am

Hello,  I have a book for publication when you publish it will I be paid?

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Need Help On Finish Writing

From Joanna on October 21, 2014 :: 6:48 pm

I’m on my book my third book but have writers block. I want to finish and publish book how long does it take ad where do we write information?

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i need help to publsh my book

From johnson on July 11, 2015 :: 1:44 pm

i have a good Africa story writeup titled MOUNTAIN OF ANGELS…its a true life story i need help…who or where to publish free while i get paid.

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It is a book of poetery

From Tamitra Roberts-Edwards on July 13, 2015 :: 6:09 pm

I need help getting my book published. I really need help getting everything done right. Phone 936 332 1766. Please give me a call so we can talk.

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how can I get my

From Elder Spratley on September 21, 2015 :: 11:37 am

how can I get my book publish
for free

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need to publish my manuscript

From mxolisi dyani on August 30, 2016 :: 6:07 pm

need to publish my manuscript

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i want to publish my

From stephen ayivi on October 12, 2016 :: 10:41 am

i want to publish my book. please get into contact. love the information

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COPY RIGHT

From mitch on November 10, 2016 :: 1:43 pm

Shouldn’t I send the finished work to the U.S. Copy Right Office first?

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Help

From Shonneaita on January 04, 2017 :: 12:05 pm

I just need my manuscript fully edited and formated into book form…but I don’t have the time or resources to do it (I don’t have home computer & don’t public computers). Is there an publisher that will do all that for me & all I would have to do is proofread it and ok it to start the publishing process without paying high fees and get at least 70% of my royalties

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WORLD TRANSFORMATION

From khamis said on January 26, 2017 :: 1:06 am

i am not much interested in profits, the only reason i need to be published is to create a new world where the line between god, dead and living is established. i am seeking for publisher.

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No one buys poetry anymore

From katie e loope on March 19, 2017 :: 2:22 am

No one buys poetry anymore

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How do I publish my book, I am not a USA CITIZEN

From Suzanne Jambo on August 12, 2017 :: 12:52 pm

Greetings,

I have completed writing an almost 200 pages book on my 18-years experience as a female human rights/peace activist in war-torn South Sudan, Africa. The book contains 12 chapters. The book unearths a lot of challenges I overcame from age 22, now I am 40 years old. It has been an extremely hostile 18-years journey, but I managed.

I have written the book in a style that readers may chose to read a chapter or from any point/order. The Book can be extremely useful in public lectures, awareness, self empowerment and peace building, gender equality and even research or reference material. However, I would probably need:
1. Editing support.
2. Design and layout support and
3. Other useful related ideas to make the Book stand out.

Thank you,
Suzanne Jambo, Author

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how to publish your book

From tomas stone on September 26, 2017 :: 5:25 am

try feedaread.com they are a U K self publisher. They are also free and they do a good job . Don’t take my word for it log on to their websight and see for yourself. Tomas Let me know how you get on.

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First Book

From Linda on October 09, 2017 :: 8:01 pm

I am writing a cookbook. I have several family recipes I collected over the years, and I want o share.

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Escape

From Emilia Ellis on December 25, 2017 :: 3:51 pm

I would like to just escape everything that I been through. I rather hurt myself, that way my pain is gone.
I feel like cutting my hair. That way I could start new. I feel like I wanna sleep never wake up.
It's easy to escape.
Been there before, in different way.
This is my true feelings.
Noir my kids don't understand either the man I love, don't understand

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I publish my own book

From iris ortiz on April 25, 2018 :: 12:41 pm

I publish my own book mean the world to me i would like a publisher to take a look at it i want to become a speaker to help other understand nothing is impossible when u have god and your family with you if u could suggest anything i would appreciate it i was young mother with a sick child i was their for him all his thriteen years of his life             irisortiz

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Free or affordable editing

From Olutayo on May 07, 2018 :: 4:05 am

I have a novel I just completed but editing proves to be a major challenge. In the cases where I can access, they are too expensive.

Is there any publisher who can edit and publish recoup their cost from the sales?

Or is there any site it can be done for free?

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need to publish my book for free

From JAMEL on June 03, 2018 :: 6:47 pm

i dont know much about editing publishing ect just i have just finished short stories book for children and i want someone guide me for the first steps plx and thanks this my phone number when you can reach me 2159807045 thanks

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Poetry book

From Jared Michael Hahn on September 10, 2018 :: 10:36 pm

I have a very dark and explicit poetry book I’ve been riding since I was 13 I’m looking to get my book published it’s not like any other poetry book it’s very dark and very real I’m very interested in getting it published if interested you can contact me at the information I provided sincerely Mr.Jared Michael Hahn

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Poetry book

From Wiseman Matafeni on September 16, 2018 :: 6:57 am

Dear sir/madam I’m looking for someone who can help me to publish my poetry book . My contact number 073 368 3773 please oh please help me i need your help really thanks .

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Hi I'm looking for any

From Leanne Bakarr on November 17, 2018 :: 7:41 pm

Hi I’m looking for any help writing my book.. It’s funny sad. Abuse. Drink. Pills. And jail. Man’s I’m the officer…
Who broke a rule and went jail..

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