Link of the Week: APE

In today’s world, self-publishing is considered by many to be an art. There are many different methods and ways to accomplish your goal of producing and selling your own printed or electronic books. Though the idea of self-publishing can be traced back to our elementary school days of creating our own card-board backed books, the digitization of publishing has matured the art into a science, with many new authorities on the subject giving advice and plans for making your book into a reality. Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki wrote the book APE: How to Publish a Book, a complete guide to self-publishing, after dealing with his own problems getting his writing off the ground. Check out his website here for tips and to learn more about  publishing without the involvement of major companies.”

He also has this great video!

Link of the Week: Lulu.com

Today’s publishing world is faced with disintermediation- the cutting out of a middle man. In Professor Levitz’s Transmedia class, we learn how the industry is changing to reflect this. In the past, no one would have thought that an individual author would be able to have their work reach a wide audience without the help of agents, editors, publishers, and marketers (and still make a profit!) Today we see that it is possible to promote yourself and your work without the help of a publisher. Whether the traditional publishing model will disappear, change shape, or remain the the same is anyone’s guess. As aspiring publisher’s we must keep an eye on the market of self-publishing. Websites like Lulu allow authors to create, design, and promote their books from the comfort of their own home.

 

They offer authors editorial services, ebook and print publishing, and design services. As entrepreneurs, we should take stock- perhaps instead of working at a big six, we may find a future at a self-publishing or print on demand service like this. How easy is it to create and design a book here? Take a look and make your own samples!

Link of the Week: Issuu.com

Introducing Issuu.com– a website featuring millions of free publications. Visit this website to view thousands of digital versions publications from all over the world. Become a member to subscribe to your favorites for free. Or, try your hand at self-publishing through their platform and have your message broadcast to over 52 million monthly readers! They also have a handy and convenient app for reading your favorites on the go. Save paper (and cash!) and check out the digital incarnations of your favorites.