Publishing Isn’t Free

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Raising Capital for Your Book
by A.P. Fuchs
(from Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-publish Your Book)

Publishing books costs money. Like the saying goes, you’ve got to spend money to make money. There’s no way around this. Thankfully, desktop publishing has dramatically cut that cost down and instead of having to spend thousands of dollars up front like in the old days, you can publish your book for less than a couple hundred on the low end, or a thousand or more on the high end.

This book shows you how to publish your book for around $200, give or take a little depending on what you hire out when producing your book and where you live.

Keeping up with the spirit of this book, which is starting out with little to no money like I did, let me make a few suggestions as to how to raise that $200 if you don’t have it saved already.

– set aside a set amount every payday so you can publish your book in a timely manner

– if things are indeed tight and nothing can be spared, then consider getting a temporary part-time job to cover the expenses of book publishing

– if your book is complete, write up a synopsis of your book and take pre-orders from family and friends. This may be tricky, however, if you don’t know how to price your book. See the section on pricing for more info

– have a yard sale

– start a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign at

– sell off your unwanted CDs, books, records, etc. to stores that specialize in those items

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