Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Self-Publishing for Everybody ~ 8 Possibilities . . .


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Image courtesy of Tracy Olson

You don’t have to be a “writer” to self-publish.

Really, all you have to be is someone who wants to share

Recipes, Dating Tips, Fixing Your Car, Cheap but Good Restaurants, Dog Grooming, Whatever :-)

And, even writers who self-publish could find these recommendations helpful in their promotion efforts.

I’ll share four ways to create mobile-friendly magazines, e-books, and newsletters; three ways to creatively blog; and, one way to publish books.

For you writers out there—don’t gloss over the “non-book” options here—creative promotion of your work can be done in many formats

Magazines, E-Books & Newsletters

Issuu — from their site“Millions of avid readers come to Issuu every day to read free publications, created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe…. We’re…host to a prominent range of independent publishers utilizing the vast Issuu network to reach new fans every day.

“Created by a bunch of geeks with a mad love for the publishing industry, Issuu has grown to become one of the biggest publishing networks on the planet.”

Periodical — “You can incorporate any combination of text, images, and videos
“You set the price for your publication
“You can change the content of an issue”
Publish through Apple App Store or Amazon Kindle

Creatavist — “Free : Create one multimedia project (whether a book, an issue of a magazine, or an individual story)
“Publish to the Creatavist app and web site
“Output ebook files to distribute on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and other ereaders

$10/month Create and publish as many projects as you want
“Use your own domain name
“Output unlimited ebook files
“Password-protect your stories

$250/month Create one branded app for iPad and iPhone
“Publish and sell books, magazines, or stories through your app and web site
“Sell by subscription”

29th Street Publishing — “Flexibly manage your subscription-supported content through our phone, tablet, and web apps.
“Push notifications deliver issues silently in the background and pop-up text alerts keep users opening the magazine.
“Seamlessly merge your magazine’s existing subscribers with our CRM.
“We offer best-in-class design and regular app updates.”

Creative Blogging Alternatives

Ghost — “Ghost is an Open Source application which allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time making your blog work and more time blogging.”

Postach.io — “Blog Via Evernote”

Glipho — “Meet Social Blogging

“Write, drag & drop your media, choose your distribution networks, and publish. We like to keep it simple.
“Your gliphs appear next to other related gliphs and we optimize your SEO to ensure search engines find your words.
“Tired of searching for reads? Follow Glipho writers and topics to have their latest gliphs piped right into your feed.
“Reply to any gliph with one of your own. Like, comment and share gliphs with the community.”

Publishing Books

FastPencil <— That link takes you to my blog post about FastPencil—it’s the Self-Publishing Platform I use!  :-)

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