For those of you out there attempting to publish your novel, finding publisher is one of the hardest things to do. If, like me, finding a publisher to publish your book traditionally makes you sweat with anxiety, you can go the self-publishing route.
I, myself, will be going through Amazon.com. There are two ways to publish with Amazon, through Creatspace to publish an in your hands book or through Kindle Direct Publishing to create an e-book. You can even use both and have the books linked to allow better searching for your readers. Although you may need to format your book, depending on which of the two you choose from, you can do the formatting yourself or pay someone to do it for you. Createspace even has professionals to help you, for a price. However, publishing is free and there are many different types of book formats to use and distribution types to choose from. Success is just a click away.
You can, however, use FastPencil if you would like to publish print and/or e-books as well. There is a cost with publishing with them, and your royalties and distribution options are just as good as Amazon’s. It is also a simple copy and paste from your writing program to their website. However, when I published my free book with them for editing thanks to winning NaNoWriMo in 2015, the quotation marks came out as question marks. When I contacted the support center, all I received was an email telling me that they had shipped me a new book. And I never received the book or information on where it was. It made me a little wary of their services after that, especially for the prices that they ask for.
If you are looking for something cheaper than FastPencil, but you also want something that is easy, you can try Lulu.com. They do charge to publish your book. This means that when you pay the publishing cost, as well s the hosting and distributing fee, your possible royalties may not be as much as you were hoping for.
Finally, there is Kobo. They only publish to their website and they only publish e-books. It is completely free and super easy to use. If all you want to do is get your work out there as a side project, and not as a full time career, I would not suggest using them. This is because they only publish to their website, so your royalties are much smaller than they would be if you were to publish with someone else.
Good luck out there writers!