Now that you’ve spent the last six days improving your writing, you’ll want to showcase your improvements somewhere. Today you’ll learn where to publish your work and how to make sure it’s ready for publishing.
Where can you publish your work?
You have three main methods for publishing your work that vary in cost and audience size.
Amazon is by far the most well-known online publisher. They offer Kindle Direct Publishing which allows you to instantly share your writing or books with millions of readers via Kindle ebooks, but also provide full-service publishing to fill all your publishing needs. Other notable online publishers include: AuthorHouse, Apple’s iBooks, and Lulu. A new site, Reedsy, will even help you connect with the best online publishers.
For hundreds of years, the classic way to publish books has been to find a publisher who is willing to print your book. You had to convince the publisher that your book was going to sell a lot of copies or else it wouldn’t be worth the publisher’s time and investment. In fact, many well-known authors, including JK Rowling, were turned down the first time they approached a publisher. Unless you know your book is going to be a bestseller or has gained a large following via another form of publishing, you may want to hold off on publishing externally. The four major publishing companies are: Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Livre.
The Internet has opened many doors for amateur writers. No longer do you need a major publishing house or newspaper to publicize your writing, you can just post it online.
Blogging has become a very popular outlet for writers as there are virtually no barriers to entry. Anyone can start a blog on WordPress or Blogger, and instantly make it available to billions of people. Similarly, online forums such as the Subreddit /writing allow you to make your work available to thousands of people and get feedback immediately.
Format your writing for publishing
Now that you know where you’ll publish your writing, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly so that your audience doesn’t immediately dismiss you as an amateur.
Depending on where you’re publishing your work, you may need to format your writing and titles in one of the following ways:
- Elements of Style: The most common guide used by writers of all kinds, the Elements of Style is a must for any amateur or professional writer.
- Chicago Style: Mostly used in academic settings for journals and manuscripts, Chicago style is still “one of the most widely used and respected style guides in the United States.”
- APA Style: The APA, or American Psychological Association, style is most commonly used by the social sciences in journals.
- MLA Style: MLA style is most commonly used to write and source papers within the liberal arts and humanities.
While there are a number of styles you can use, the Elements of Style is by far the most likely candidate for you.
Besides using our title capitalization tool to make sure your writing titles and headers are correctly formatted, there are a number of other online tools that can make sure your writing is correct. Here are our top 5:
- Grammarly: One of the best proofreading tools on the internet, Grammarly checks for all sorts of grammar and typo issues. It then coaches you on how to improve. There is even a Chrome extension available so you can edit right from your browser window. Check out our Grammarly review to learn more.
- Google Docs: The online word processing capabilities of Google Docs lets you share your writing with anyone for proofreading and formats your writing to work with most major publishing platforms.
- ProWritingAid: This tool not only tells you what to improve, but also how to improve. It has the ability to generate a detailed analysis on overused words, sentence length, writing style, plagiarism, clichés, redundancies, “sticky” sentences, consistency, and the like.
- ClicheFinder: Most readers are turned off by clichés; they see them everywhere. So why not identify them before your readers? ClicheFinder is here to save the day.
- PublishXpress: Want to quickly convert your Word documents to ebook-friendly formats such as epub and mobi? Try this online tool that does just that.
Publishing your writing can be hard work, but very rewarding once the world is able to read your creations. Best of luck!
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