How to publish your book almost free and without marketing…

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Sound too good to be true?

It’s called ancillary book publishing and there are seven ways any writer can make it happen. You submit the ready-to-go manuscript and a cover file (two firms will let you create a cover on their site, free) and they send you a proof. If you like it, they list your book and you, your shocked friends, and others eager for your words can buy them immediately.

Best yet, almost all of the publishers will then continue to sell the book through key distributors like Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and others.

The cost? Just mailing the proof to you. I did it all seven times and that ran $7-30 each.

It scarcely matters the kind of book, either. A regular how-to, a novel, prim, erotic, cookbook, memoirs, niched, almost anything. Some create bound books, others, e-books (where charts, graphs, and images can be hard to faithfully replicate).

I walk you through the process, give you all the publishers and their links, and try to explain how you can get in print about as fast as the book is done, proofed, and posted. It’s in my last (10/1) newsletter. Just link, link, and read.

I’ll be following up on this almost every month in this newsletter (as well as a whole lot of other stuff about writing, speaking, and product development), and since it’s free (and easy to escape if that’s your wish!), get subscribed so you can directly receive the next issue.

Most important, you have something (probably man things) we need to know that you can share in a book. Here’s how to jump past all the big house foolishness or self-publishing hoops and get in print almost free almost immediately!

Best wishes,

Gordon Burgett

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Query letters are the magic key to getting in print

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I just posted 11 things you should know about query letters if you want to put your articles in the magazines of your choice. Actually, to get your words on almost any editor’s pages in or in whatever medium.

It’s simple enough. I’ve been an editor several times and there was always a lot more folks wanting to be on my pages than space for them. I was the gatekeeper and I needed to know what they had to say that that my readers should hear that was also consistent with why the publication existed. (Mostly, it existed to sell products that its readers might buy, so the writer’s main task was not to scare them away with words that veered too far from the publication’s theme or from common sense.)

Then, if they suggested something sensible and appealing, I needed to see how they said it. Humor helped, scattered evenly like sugar on a roll. But I’d settle for three main points, examples, three quotes or so, and some point that would make the readers say, “Wow!” or “That’s interesting.” They had to organize that on one page of well written prose, spelled correctly, with any relevant credits mentioned, and their e-mail and phone number included. I also wanted a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return rejections.

There’s a lot more. Take a look at my newsletter on 10-15. It’s free and you can flee whenever you wish at the unsubscribe button!

I sold 1,700+ freelance articles and I can’t remember more than a dozen that didn’t involve querying. It’s like that free food at Costco: why would I buy 95% of it if it didn’t convince my taste buds first?

Gordon Burgett

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Why not publish your book almost instantly and free?

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There are 4-7 publishers that will produce and market your non-fiction or fiction books almost instantly and almost free (or totally free!) once you have the text written, edited, styled, and in print-ready form.

I doubt you’ll make a bundle by any path, or all of them together, but you can have seven different copies of the same book out at the same time, all buyable by your friends, family, and new fans, and all paying you a modest royalty. It’s super for novels, memoirs, family history, and specific how-to books.

The process is called ancillary publishing and it involves your posting your masterpiece at these sites: lightningsource, Lulu, CreateSpace, Kindle, and perhaps Blurb, Smashwords, and scribd.

But before you do that, see my free 10-1 newsletter where I explain the whole process and walk you through my journey of putting out nine books in 30 days. I’ve got the links, the royalties they pay, which works best where, and how you can integrate all of this into your own parallel self-publishing activities.

It looks like the deal of all time for folks who have a book in their mind or are ready to go but can’t or don’t want to do it all themselves. I’m not hawking anything here; you work with them. But I can’t think of anything this immediate or well structured so fast or so free since I put my first book (of 38) out in 1982!

(Yes, I will release an audio CD that will make collective sense out of ancillary publishing in a few weeks. Keep your eyes here about 11-1, but do your own digging now. The newsletter just out will give you valuable starter guidance.)

Best wishes,

Gordon Burgett

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