This is probably one that a lot of people know about and/or have participated in. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.
You can’t necessarily publish your works through NaNoWriMo. It’s built for keeping track of your progress with multiple helpful statistics, including day-by-day word count, lifetime word count, total projects, etc.
It’s a social platform as well: you can invite friends to chat and have word-sprints with you (or with an entire group!), and you can exchange ideas and concepts. Also, each book you put on NaNoWriMo has a cove plate display. This means your friends can check out your cover, a short synopsis, and even an excerpt of the books you’ve done.
I have done NaNoWriMo a few times and enjoyed it. The November challenge is the main thing: write 50,000 words in 30 days. However, you can start a new project and goal any time you want!
You can buy a million things on Amazon. Pretty much everything from A to Z, as the little arrow under the company name depicts. But did you know that you can also sell things? KDP is Kindle Direct Publishing. So far all of my books have been published through KDP.com, and I find the process extremely streamlined and easy to understand.
Once you’ve got your book finished (Drafted, edited, covered, etc.) you just upload all your text and images and hit publish! It is free to publish, but if you’re looking for advertisement you’ll have to pay for that. You can order “Author Copies” at printing price (normally just a few dollars a book), and sell them from home as well.
Sheet Music Plus
For those of us who like to write and buy music, SMP is pretty great. I’ve put a few of my orchestral pieces on there in PDF form (no one has bought them yet . . . ) and I love to browse music. Some of their pieces have Mp3 format clips that you can listen to, however, most are just the sheet music. Good old grand staff and dots and lines. If you write that kind of thing, check this out!
I used this site when I was little to publish one of my first short stories. Up until that point I’d been writing full sagas (and I’m not saying they were any good, but I’m not kidding either!), and Lulu was having a contest of some kind, which I entered in order to mix up my career at the age of 9. That being said, It’s been a long time since I’ve used them, but my overall experience was good.
Their hardback binding is beautiful and high-res, and if the contest I entered hadn’t been solely for handwriting, I’d be able to comment on the readability of their text : )
Here’s one I have not used at all: I’ll come right out and admit it. I don’t write fan fiction because it doesn’t use my full capacity of creative tendency. But if you’re one of those people that loves coming up with alternate endings to Harry Potter, Crispin and the Cross of Lead, and The Hunger Games, Wattpad might just be the thing for you!
Some of my writing friends use it and I’ve heard good things about it. At first I was reluctant to mention it because I myself have not used it, but I didn’t want to leave it out in case it could help someone. So check it out and leave a comment below if you have extra info on this site!
Here’s one for the dirt-cheap advertisers out there! Use your book cover and create a business card to hand out to people when they ask how your latest project is going. If you don’t write huge long pieces but have a quippy sense of humor, maybe put one of your ideas on a shirt.
Vistaprint sells lots of accessories including bags, notebooks, and mugs, all customizable. I’ve used Vistaprint many times, and am pleased with the results.
This is basically a trick of the trade as far as advertising goes. If you want to link to some abstract, alpha-numeric URL website where your book is sold, but want people to be able to type it in easily, use Tinyurl.com to create a link between the long URL and one that’s easy to read and write. When someone types the easy one into a web search, they’ll go directly to the site.
An even easier and faster method for those who have smart phones is:
The QR code on this website (on the About Us page) was created using Flowcode. It’s easy and free. You can create a QR code linked to anything in a matter of seconds, just as fast as you copy and paste the website link into the Flowcode site. Download your code and you’re ready to go! You can print it onto cards, share it on social media, or put it in the back of your previous book to advertise for the one you’ve just published!
I would love to go to a full 10 sites just because of the number 10, which seems to be used for just about everything these days, but I’ll be unique and leave it at 8, letting you wonder if there’s anything special about that number. Days later you’ll realize that I was just running out of inspiration and that your wondering did no good.
I hope this blogpost helps you out! If you have other recommendations for writers who want to save a buck, I’d love it if you commented!
God bless and happy writing : )