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The Publishing Platform: How to Publish Your Book Without a Contract

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An online devotional for  writers

A Word From The Word

Get a scroll and write down all my messages. (Jeremiah 36:2, NLT)

A Word For Writers

In Bible times, the “how to publish” question did not involve finding an agent or choosing a publisher.

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If you were literate and had something important to say, you could write it down and share it. Your publishing platform? Scrolls made of leather or papyrus and distributed from one person to another.

Fast forward a few thousand years. The “how to publish” question, until recently, had just one answer: to get a book into readers’ hands, you needed a book contract 

That’s no longer the case.  As an indie writer, you share a commonality with writers in Bible times: you can share your book with readers without winning a publishing contract.  Thanks to self-publishing, you have alternatives. 

You can choose from three different publishing platforms. 

  • Subsidy publishing: physical books that are published in a run at your expense and distributed personally by you 
  • Print-On-Demand (POD): physical books that are printed and shipped when they are ordered by your consumer
  • E-Books: books formatted for electronic devices and distributed online

If you want to write a book, you’ve got more publishing options than ever before. Your publishing platform isn’t limited to water-streaked papyrus, thick leather, or even the competition for attention from a publishing house.

So when it comes to publishing your book, your only remaining question is this: which platform will you choose? 

A Wise Word

Book authors have more publishing options than ever before.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

You’ve allowed me to live during an era with plenty of publishing options. Help me not give into fear. Embolden me to choose a publishing platform and finish the publication process. 

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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