How to Publish Your Book by Joe Labriola

Posted: July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

“How to Publish Your Book: By Yourself”

            MFA students, college graduates, hopeful high schoolers, and everyone who has ever finished a manuscript, eager to share their work with the world, we all have one thing in common – we want to get published, dammit. And we want to know how!

But where to start? Like any modern web-based search, there’s a nearly endless list of publishing houses, literary agents, booksellers, and web marketers. If you google “publishing” you’ll get nearly 4 billion search results. So how to sort through all of the crap to find the help that you really need?

I recently self-published my second book, Pulse of Poetics, for print on lulu.com and amazon.com, including an eBook version for amazon kindle. These are two very convenient and cheap ways to get your work out there in both the print and electronic worlds. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of self-publishing websites to choose from but these two have worked for me as far as being relatively easy to use and cheap. Most of these online publishers will print your book for almost cost value, but just make sure with any publishing website that you read the fine print (there are often hidden fees). On amazon, Pulse of Poetics is about 170 pages but only costs about 4 dollars to print and another 2.50 or so to ship. Not a bad deal considering that you receive a print and bound book with a front and back color cover only a few days later.

Below are some links to useful resources for all areas of publishing. Even if you don’t buy my book (although I recommend that you do, it’s an awesome read), check out how it looks on the amazon.com page, and feel free to ask questions about these processes as you explore your own publishing options! (Tip: As you’ll see from my personal link, tumblr.com is a great way to organize your self-published links!)

–          My book’s publishing blog: http://pulseofpoetics.tumblr.com/

–          Self publishing:

For print: www.lulu.com

For eBook: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

For amazon print: https://www.createspace.com/

–          Literary agents: http://agentquery.com/default.aspx

–          Literary magazines: http://www.newpages.com/literary-magazines/

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Comments
  1. Very helpful, Joe. Much appreciated.

    • Joe Labriola says:

      Thanks! It’s amazing how difficult it is to complete your work, only to face an equally great challenge of how to publish it. I’ve managed to figure out at least some of the publishing world; working on marketing now. Hopefully I’ll have a blog piece for that soon as well!

  2. Offshore Company says:

    Hey there.
    This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read.

    Thanks for sharing!

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