Write your book online for FREE!

Write your book online for FREE!

Do you remember the first time you thought about writing a book?  You thought about the different things you would write about, and howWoman chair many others might enjoy what you wrote.  Then you would think about how cool it would be for people to come up to you and say “Hey!
You’re the one who wrote that book!”

So, tell me something… why haven’t you started it yet?  You have been thinking about writing it since Moby Dick was a minnow, but you just haven’t started yet.  Seriously, what are you waiting for?  Well, that stops now.  I am going to tell you how to get going, and you are going to start writing that book today!

First, we are going to address the reasons you keep putting it off.  Stay with me here…  I promise you, this will answer all of your excuses…

Stop with the excuses already!

Time – You have no time!  You get home from work and you have to get dinner made.  Then, after you clean the kitchen, the kids need help with their homework.  By the time the kids are in bed, you are exhausted, and too tired to concentrate.

– Writing should never be rushed.  Keep a pad of paper and a pen in a central location for you to write quick notes on.  Just ideas you might have, like “The little girl has an imaginary friend.”  Everyday life spurts ideas, and that includes cooking and children.  Jot down the ideas for when you do have time to write.  Then, on the weekend, take your computer and write wherever you are.

I can’t afford a computer – Ok, I get this… computers are very expensive, and they don’t grow on trees.  Did you know that Acer has a Chromebook computer for only $189.99?  It’s a wonderful computer from writing, and you can take it anywhere you want to write… the park, soccer practice… you name it.  I realize it’s still money, but at least you can work toward this option.  You can check out the Chromebook below at Amazon, which is the cheapest place to buy it.

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Seriously, me write? – Yes, you can do it.  There is nobody watching you, or judging you.  Just start with some thoughts, and expand onjoin them.  Here is an example of how I started my first novel, and autobiography:

1 – 1982 – Graduated high school, needed job, joined Navy.

2 – 1983 – Almost blew it (cold feet), joined in Feb, hated Great Lakes.

3 – 1984 – Newport News Shipyard, USS Salt Lake City, ship being built.

You can see where I am going with this.  All I had was numbers for chapters, all on one page.  The chapters were dates.  I did this so I would have somewhere to start putting notes.  Here is what I did next…

1 – 1982 – Graduated high school, needed job, signed up for Navy.

– Was in love with girlfriend, almost changed my mind.

– Very nervous, Daddy helped to encourage me.

2 – 1983 – Almost blew it (cold feet), joined in Feb, hated Great Lakes.

– Bootcamp sucks.

– Story about Seaman Pickens, snow party

3 – 1984 – Newport News Shipyard, USS Salt Lake City, ship being built.

– So cold, hated the shipyard

– submarine equals sucked.

– No time off, hated the Navy

As you can see, there is no book here.  But with every little though, I expanded, until I could start writing my story.  The chapters were already there, all I had to do was change them from dates to numbers.  It’s easy!  It’s just you writing about your story in your way.

I can’t afford to publish a book – No worries here… I can and will tell you how to publish your book for FREE – NOTHING – NILCH- NODDA!!!  I will get into that towards the end of my article.

printingNow, Let’s get it done

So now you are off. Remember, there is no score keeper!  You do this your way, in your time.  If you don’t want anyone to know you are whiting, then don’t tell anyone.  Make sure you save your work, because sooner or later, somebody will accidentally bump into the keyboard and erase it.  I save fifty time a day!

Now that you have your basic outline (above) you can start filling in the blanks.  Every note will make you think of something else.  I encourage you to write down everything… you can always delete stuff later, but if you have an idea now, no matter how silly it might seem, it could jog a major idea later.

I have to Edit too?

Now that your book is written in rough form, you will need to edit it.  The problem with self-editing is that you often go over the same mistakes and miss them.  If you have a fresh set of eyes, then you can find most of the mistakes.  I gave an old friend of mine $100 to read my book, and make grammatical changes.

You can hire someone to edit, but it’s very expensive.  You can do it yourself, but whenever I do this, I miss things.  I recommend using a friend, or someone you know.  You might have to do it a couple times, but it will save you a lot of money and time.

Always copy write

The United States Copy write office can be found at https://www.copyright.gov/.  It only costs $35 to copy write your work, so
I strongly recommend you to do that before showing your book to ANYONE! You work very hard on you book, and nobody
should ever take it from you.   It’s quick, easy, and you can still publish if after you file.

Publish your book for free!

I made many mistakes with my first book, but you don’t have to go through all of that.  There is a free publisher called CreateSpace, and I have used them for my last seven books.  You might be thinking that I get paid for sending people there, but they do not have an affiliationfree program, so I don’t get paid anything from them.  I just really like them.

The way it works is you open a free account with CreateSpace, and then, once you have familiarized yourself with the dashboard, you upload your manuscript.  Once you have uploaded it, you will be asked about all kinds of things, like what cover you are using, or how you want to
market your book.

Once all that is done, your book is ready to publish.  Your book will be available everywhere books are sold, like Amazon to Barns and Nobel online.  When someone purchases you book, they pay for it.  Once it is paid for, it is printed and mailed to the customer at no cost to you. You will be a percentage of the sale, which you would have decided on beforehand.

See? You just published and sold your book for nothing.  So, now that all of your excuses have been addressed, what are you waiting for? Now, if you found this article helpful, or if you have any questions, please drop down below and let me know.  Oh, and once your book is published, I might just do a review on it.  Until then, I will see you between the pages…

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9 thoughts on “Write your book online for FREE!

  1. What an interesting article you have posted here Joe. I always enjoy reading your stuff.
    Writing a book is one difficult task! I have been working on one on and off for a couple years. I should just take your advice and get r done.
    Thank you for posting about createspace! Now I know!
    Those are my two cents.
    Thank you again for the article!

  2. Wow – I’m definitely saving this post. I know, and I’m still putting it off with excuses … but I just can’t start writing right now. However, I am very motivated on this goal to write a book – and I had no idea it could be published for free! Once more – I had never thought to copyright my works before showing them to people. Particularly my poems, though. I’ve had a lot of people who have wished me to share my poems with other groups of people – but I’ve been hesitant. Do you think I should copyright my poems? Can you copyright a single poem? OR should I put them all together as one bunch/book? What do you think? 🙂 Thanks for the help!

    1. Hi Mel, Yes!  At the top of my website you will see a link for some poems I messed around with at one time.  I always copy write my stuff, because you never know what a singer or a publisher might like the lyrics to your poem.  My poems are all in one of my books, so they were all copywrited at one time, which saves money.  If you ever want to share any of your work, I would be honored to put it on my website.  Please feel free to drop another line if there is anything I can help you with.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend  

      Joe 

      1. Alright – that’s great! Thank you so much, Joe! I really appreciate your advice. I’ll get in touch with you sometime about possibly posting something I’ve written on your website – that sounds awesome! Thanks again 🙂

  3. Hey Clay,

    It’s great that I landed on your post, its give me a lot of hints about writing and publishing a book. It was always in mind that I would write a book one day.

    As you were suggesting CreateSpace to publish, print and market your book, is there any other platform that I can use especially that I like my book published in e-format which is downloadable.

    Once again thank you for your great post.

    1. Hello Shui…  I have tried Lulu once, but didn’t like it nearly as much as CreateSpace.  There are a few pros and cons, but the bottom line is that anyone can publish a book with these publishers, and that’s huge for lots of people.  Thanks for stopping by…

      Joe

  4. Joe, this is a great article. I have always wanted to write children’s books and thought that it would be too expensive to even get started. The Creat Space site is good to know about as well as the copy right site.

    When I get an idea for a story, I just don’t know where to go with it. By making an outline the way that you do, I believe would be very helpful for me.

    You have written a few books you say. Have you had any success in sales on them? I would love to know.
    Thanks for this! Donna

    1. Hi Donna… The main reason I started writing was to show my five children that you can do anything you set your mind too.  I never really had a desire to widely promote any of my books, so I never really did.  That being said, my first book only sold a few hundred copies in America, but it was a huge success in Scotland, where it sold several thousand copies.  I never tried to promote it, it just kind of happened.  I would love to buy your book, so please, once it is published, let me know.  Thanks for dropping by…

      Joe

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