The hard truth is that you cannot pubish a book for free. Shortcuts diminish the quality of work, the impression in makes on potential buyers, and all but quash attempts at seeking representation.
What it Costs to Publish a Novel
Up to now, yours costs have included:
II. Composing the manuscript:
After feedback from Beta-Readers:
Warning!Until recently, there was a dichotomy: Publishers versus Vanity Presses. Publishers, now Traditional Publishers, were the agent-editor-publishing house route, while Vanity Presses were pay-to-publish printing houses employed by those with the assets to get thier work in print and order a few cartons of books for their... well... own vanity.
With the advent of self-publishing, many of these presses—not publishers—present themselves to writers as self-publishing houses, but still charge for their services.
Never pay to get your book published. Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offers Print-On-Demand (POD) services and charges NOTHING to upload your manuscript to the Amazon book list. Though the requirements are stringent, they are not daunting.
There are other companies, search "Print on demand book publishing." I have not researched others. Because Amazon has the largest megaphone, I choose to publish there.
I welcome comments and reviews of other POD companies if their services are free: their remuneration being solely on the sale of your books.
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