Making Dreams Come True - Helping Authors Publish Books

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Most writers who have written a novel, a memoir, or lots of poems, lyrics or short stories dream of being published authors and having many books to their name. I was one of these people. I wanted to be a published author and have many books to my name. I also wanted to be as successful as those big shot authors someday. It was a great dream to have but I had no idea how to go about making it a reality, not becoming a big shot author, as that's a long shot, but publishing a book.

At that time pretty much all I had written were poetry and lyrics, so I decided to publish a poetry book and a lyric book. I knew that traditional publishers weren't going to publish my stuff. It wasn't because I felt my writing wasn't good enough. It was because poetry doesn't sell much, so no big time publisher will want to publish a poetry book. Unless you happen to be a well-known, popular celebrity a big time publisher won't deal with you. Submitting a poetry manuscript to them, therefore is a complete waste of time because they won't even look at it. It will go in the trash without so much as a glance.

Knowing this, I decided to search for publishers that actually do publish poetry books and those by unknown or up-and-coming authors. I found a number of them but saw that they wanted thousands of dollars or close to it to publish each of my books. I didn't have that kind of money, nor did I want to spend that much, especially knowing that I would never earn enough money from my books to cover the cost of getting them published as these kinds of books don't really sell.

My dreams were crushed. I felt like I would never be a published author. Then a fellow poet from an online writing community (writing.com) I was a member of introduced me to Lulu, a print-on-demand book publishing platform that allows authors to publish books themselves. It costs nothing to publish with them. The books get their own ISBN and are also distributed to Amazon and Barnes and Noble (online), two of the biggest book sellers out there, among other online retailers.

It seemed too good to be true that I could publish my books and without spending a dime to get it done. I was a bit skeptical but then learned that it is in fact true. It actually does cost nothing to publish a book with Lulu. And that was great because I couldn't afford to lash out the big bucks that other publishers were charging to get a book published.

While it was great that I didn't have to spend any money to publish my books (minus having to buy my own proof copy) it turned out that I had to do everything myself. I had to create and format the manuscript, do the book cover, and then go through the entire publishing process to publish my books. There was no one to help me or guide me. I had to figure everything out myself, which wasn't easy I have to say. But I didn't give up. I did my research and learned everything I needed to know in order to publish my books. I took my time and worked hard and in the end it all paid off. I ended up publishing my first poetry book Pieces of Me. And soon after I published my lyric book Soundtrack of My Life and in two-volumes because there were too many lyrics to fit into one book. I had finally become a published author and it was an amazing feeling.

Since then I have published six more books (with Lulu) - a poetry book, a lyric book, a poetic tale, two books featuring poetry, lyrics, and prose, and a debut novel The Secret Life of Ashley Miles. With nine books to my name I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment. I wrote and put together nine books and got them published without anyone's help. I did it all on my own. And this makes me feel like I am on top of the world.

Helping Others Publish Books...

Having published nine books of my own, and having the expertise now to get that done, I decided it's time to help others publish books. And that's what I do now. I format the manuscript, do the book cover, and actually get the book published and distributed. And unlike those other publishers I don't charge them an arm and a leg to make that happen.

It makes me very happy that I am able to make other people's dreams come true by helping them get their books published and finally available to the world. I've already published books for a number of authors. I've published poetry books, a book of short stories and even a novel. I am looking forward to publishing some more books in the near future and hope there will be lots more books to publish as time goes on.

I am very excited about this new journey that I chose to embark on. Making dreams come true is what it's all about. And if I can also earn some income along the way that's a fantastic thing.

If you have a book that you want to publish but you don't have the expertise or the time to get it done I would love to be the one to help you make that a reality! You can contact me on Facebook or visit my website publishingforless.webs.com.

© 2015 Lena Kovadlo

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Ericajean 17 months ago

Lovebuglena- I agree. The book market is about how well you can market your book. So far I have read some pretty awesome Indie books when summer began and they are popular because of how they market and who they market to.


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

EricaJean - I prefer to publish books myself, not only because I feel a greater sense of satisfaction of being able to do it all on my own, but because I don't want to deal with finding a traditional publisher that will want to publish my books. I also don't want to deal with rejection. I always say it's not how you publish or who you publish with that matters but how effectively you are able to market your book that makes the difference. You can publish with a traditional publisher and hardly sell any copies. And you can publish it yourself and sell a lot.


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

LeonJane - I published my first book at the end of 2007 though for some reason the publication date for my book is displayed as 2009. Maybe I republished it or Lulu did something. At any rate in reality it was published in 2007 originally. I published eight more books since then. I've sold books but not in the numbers I want. Of course, since eight of them are either poetry or lyrics, which don't really sell that is to be expected. I think I've sold more books from lulu directly then from amazon or any other retailer. I can't advice on whether it's better to go with Lulu or CreateSpace because I've dealt with Lulu but I do hear that when you publish with CreateSpace you get a higher royalty per book when it's bought from Amazon because CreateSpace is an Amazon company.


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LeonJane 17 months ago from Australia

Great story and advice in this hub, it's the feeling of a lot of people and myself that I just want to see my work in print, if I made any money than that's a bonus. When did you first publish your work? have you had any sales in that time? Just keen to see publish through Lulu and selling through Amazon or if publishing through Amazon - createspace may be the way to go? thanks.


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Ericajean 17 months ago

And this is what its all about. Being read by others. To become a published writer I always thought I had to go the traditional route and to be honest, that is a pretty good route I may take in the future.

For now, I am enjoying publishing my books using Smashwords platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. Both are free. And like you've said- ordering your own print books is probably the only cost involved.

This is why I created my Write Web blog to review books and take people on a journey of book publishing called "Tracking an Author". I'd love to invite you to my blog one day to talk more about your books.

Thanks for this article!


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals - thank you for your words. I want to be able to do this for a long time. Just have to figure out how to find people that want to publish a book and need help to make it happen.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 17 months ago from Sunny Florida

I think this is wonderful. I will be check out your website.


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

Thank you so much Barbara. I am very happy that you love the way your book came out. Much success to you!


Barbara Kasey Smith 17 months ago

I'm a writer of a lot of poetry, articles, and books and my latest book was published by Lena Kovadlo and I was totally surprised when I received my book...it was so professional and looked better than some I'd published through a publisher. Lena has an excellent insight of publishing, she knows how to edit, choose book-covers to fit the story and excellent advice on any question you ask about the overall publishing of a book. I'd rate her as very good and with a flair for knowing what to do in difficult situations. If you would like to see your book in print, contact Lena you'll not be sorry you did. Prices are excellent too.


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

VVanNess - Thank you for the comment. Are you looking to publish a book?


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VVanNess 17 months ago from Prescott Valley

Your article came just in time! Thank you! I'd love to talk!


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

Joyette Fabien - Thanks for your feedback. I wanted to try CreateSpace at one point but I chose to stick with Lulu.


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lovebuglena 17 months ago from Staten Island, NY Author

Thank you billybuc. I just recently started doing this and hope that I will be able to find many more people that want their books published. I hope this will turn into more than just a temporary thing for me.


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Joyette Fabien 17 months ago from Dominica

Great! I had the same experience, but I am using Createspace. It's an Amazon company.


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billybuc 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm very happy to this new direction of yours. Best wishes on the journey.

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