Problem Statement : I am new writer and did not know how to publish a book.
Today, I wish to share my journey of publishing this book, the difficulties I faced and the shortcuts or helpful platform I came across, which made publication really very easy.
My name is Santosh Deshmukh, a software professional who is not an author but co-incidently published a book on innovation which encourages people to work on their ideas and not lose them. The book is "IdeaClicks -all about innovation" and is available on major online book stores in 180+ countries.
After encouraging people with this book to have ideas, I realized that there should be a platform where people should be able to record their ideas and hence I also created a portal "IdeaClicks(dot)in" where people can invite ideas on topics of their interest.
I worked with PayPal, a payment gateway company in Chennai and I use to drive innovation programs for almost 2600+ people in that location. I use to conduct idea brainstorming sessions and use to write BLOGS on company intranet to create general awareness, answer some commonly asked questions and help people to connect their ideas to right people who can fund their ideas.
The BLOGS were so useful that most of the new comers would get all the answers for
their queries. Kind of an FaQ.
One fine day, while taking a walk on Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur beach, I explained my wife that how useful my BLOGS are proving to my colleagues. That is when she suggested me, "Why just within PayPal ? Why don't you take it to rest of the world ?". My natural question was how ? She suggested me to publish a book. So, therefore, I transferred all my BLOGS in a word document and kept on adding a story to each BLOG. "People love stories". :)
Simple mantra here was first scatter everything you have and then arrange/sequence it
I knew nothing about publishing and started searching online for self publishing.
That is when I came across a site called LeanPub(dot)com which helps you in writing your manuscript(learnt for the first time that your text content is called a manuscript) and also adding cover to your book. It also helps you in formatting, adding nice images and also publish it "incrementally". There are agents (on the same platform) who can help you to have greater reach of your book by taking a % commission( which I think is fair deal).
So, all in all, for all those writers who are writing for the first time, explore leanpub(dot)com and I can bet it’s a one stop platform to help publish your book online. Importantly, its FREE !!!
Later, you can tie-up with any of the publisher (depending on what you are planning to publish) and share them all the content that you have built/baked on the lean pub platform. These guys take a hefty fees for publishing your book and making it available on Amazon, Flipkart, BarnesAndNoble, Walmart etc and also take 50% royalty in the sales.
You have Apress(dot)com which helps you publish technical material, then you have Partridge for generic publication,, then its parent Penguine house, which publishes only for a creamy and celebrated layer.
Remember, images play a major role in publishing you book because readers these days just hate "only" textual content. And all these images have to be "your own" or purchased by you with copyright ownership.
You can buy nice images on websites like ShutterStock, DepositPhotos, ImageForest etc.
Lastly, I also had to do a bit of modelling with professional photographers to have nice pictures of me as an author to display on the book cover.
I hope you were able to follow my pointers and hope it gives some insights to the fresh new authors,
you good luck in your publication journey.