How do I get a book published for free and make money?

by tyankee7 on March 5, 2013

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Question by Gothicnose: How do I get a book published for free and make money?
I have several book ideas that I KNOW will attract readers if marketed and advertised well.

However, I only have like 0.22 cents. How can I get free publishing, printing, and advertising for the book?

I know this will be a best seller!!!

I will be rich!!!
No, I want it all over stores like Barnes and Noble

Best answer:

Answer by ††AnkhesenKheper††
Everyone has an idea they “know” will attract readers. Advertising can make any idea(lousy or elaborate) worth a few bucks.

Try Amazon or any other free online publishing. It’s not something I would personally recommend. I think books that have potential should be old-school published. Now anyone can publish their work(more like crap) and it’s crowding the industry. Your work may end up in that slush pile. Try actual publishing with a company(which is also free).

~~ ††AnkhesenKheper††

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Kiki March 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

Go here:

It is a free website (i know, i use it), you create your book online, then when you are finished, you click Publish. if you set up a paypal account THROUGH bookemon before you publish it, when people buy your book, some money will go into your account, you’ve made money on your book! Message me and i’ll show you mine and if you want I can help you set up. It’s simple and easy and amazing. I have a book published on there and someone bought it and donated it to our local library. HOpe I helped!

ƪilyWhite ɛȉɜ March 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

You write a very, very good book and seek commercial publishing, either through a publisher who accepts unsolicited manuscripts or an agent.

Needless to say, publishers couldn’t care less about mere ideas, no matter how high of an opinion the person has of them. It takes a very long time for most people to reach a publishable standard of writing, so if all you’re interested in writing a book is the money, then it’s almost certainly a waste of time.

Corella March 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

Write a query letter.
Send the letter to several agents
Wait for either an acceptance letter or a rejection letter
If accepted send what they request
If accepted send in the entire story and work with them to publish it.


Look online for tips on how to right a good querry letter and good agents for the genre of story you have written. They will take care of the rest for free, they might even pay you ahead of time.

Edit: I got your email, I’ll do what I can.
Well Okay, I’ll help you if I can. I can’t assure you that your querry letter will be accepted, most are rejected, the agents read about 1000 of these things daily…and only accept or are intrested in 50-60 of them, and only 10 or so of those are actually persued, so getting published is very difficult, that’s why the querry letter is your first step!
Check this out, this should get you started.

Next you’ll want to send your letter to an agent. Now don’t just send it to every agent out there, some agents want certain things. Look on their websites to know what they want ahead of time, and change your letter to fit that. Some only want certain stories, like romances, or thillers, so don’t send to the wrong agent.

Here is a resource to get you started:

For the most part you’ll have to search around for the agents that are right for you, find their mailing adress and send out the letter, beyond that its mainly just waiting and following the insturctions they give you afterwards.

The Query letter and the Agent is the most important step. You see publishing companies don’t just take stories from people, they take stories from agents, so you have to go through the right measures to get what you want.

I’m not sure what more help I can give, if you get passed this stage your in for the most part. -.-
Step 1- figure out your query letter
Setp 2- find an agent, you’ll need to search for this, it can take time, and you’ll want to find lots of agents don’t put all your eggs in the same basket by sending it out to just one becuase it could be 6 weeks before you hear from them…and chances are it will be a rejection letter >.< (most published books were rejected before they were accepted) and if the publisher says don't send it to other people...ignore this, every publisher will say that, and you'll waste your time waiting if you don't send it to more than on the rare chance 2 people say yes,'ll have to deal with that...(but its not a huge problem, just tell one you changed your mind about getting published, but chances are you won't have this problem at all.) Okay, I think that's all I got. I hope this is more helpful?

Wesley B March 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

The only way to get it published “for free” in physical form is to write the book first, get an agent (most likely), and pitch it to a major publishing house. If they like it, they’ll sign you to a publishing deal and pay you for it.

But regardless, you have to actually write the book before you can publish or sell it.

David March 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I’m amused at your question.
You say you have several book ideas. This seems to mean to me that you haven’t written one yet.
Do you know the time and effort it takes to write 50 thousand words, let alone put them into an order where a publisher thinks that they will sell better than what is taking up shelf space at existing bookstores?
It almost seems like you think writing is easy money.
I’ve been around awhile and worked as a teacher in a home for juvenile offenders, I’ve worked construction in the hot Southern California weather, I’ve been a luggage handler.

Writing is the toughest thing I do. Hands down, no contest.

You think you can write a book? Then go ahead and try.
Until it’s done, do not think about publication, fame, book signings or money.

James March 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

1. Write your book. Nothing happens unless you take this first step.

2. Polish it to the best of your ability.

3. Go to the bookstore. Find books similar to yours that are physically on the shelves (that’s how to avoid the scammers and the vanity presses: None of them can get books physically on the shelves). See who published those books.

4. Get the guidelines from the publishers you found. Submit your book to those publishers, following their guidelines to the letter.

Real publishers pay you. You never pay publishers.

Some publishers will require that your book be submitted by an agent. So, find an agent.

How to do this: Find some books similar to yours that are currently physically on the shelves at a major bookstore. Find out who represented those books. Submit your book to those agents, following their guidelines to the letter.

You never, ever pay an agent anything.

While you’re submitting this book, write your next.

123 March 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

maybe publish on the kindle you can use create space (google it) look into these they are the perfect option for you

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