You've spent the last few weeks, months, or even years developing the plot, writing the story, checking the facts, and figuring how much to charge. Now its time to look at publishing your book.
If you have written an e-book, there are nearly limitless ways that you can publish it yourself.
PDF format - Is always near the top. It can be read on every e-reader and some mobile applications. You have the option of adding information and locking your file with software such as Primo PDF.
Amazon.com - is another good choice, although once they have it, it's theirs and only theirs to sell. Visit the Kindle website for more information.
Smashwords.com - can publish your e-book in every available format and issue you a ISBN at no cost to you. You must read their style guide and format you e-book to their standards.
If you want to publish your book, in-print, for free, there are also options available to you.
Publish America - will publish your book (print on demand) at no cost to you. Additional services are available at cost.
Wordclay - will also publish your book print on demand.
If you don't have a literary agent, you can almost forget being published by a big, big named publishing house, unless you sell a million copies, that is. Big publish houses don't normally accept unsolicited manuscripts (no literary agent), but if you have the time and money you can submit to them, you just might get lucky.
Since there are hundreds of book publishers all around the world, an excellent website to visit for addresses and more information is www.bookmarket.com
P.S.: Next week we cover Lesson Nine: Marketing