Anyone can write a book.
Of course, many years ago your chances of actually seeing your book in print were just about zilch. Your chances of finding an agent, or a publisher, and being paid for your work were next to nothing.
Years ago you had very few options. You could take it down to your local printer and have him print off a copy or two, bind them with a fancy spiral piece of plastic, and then give them to your friends and family. Or, you could self-publish at a printer. But then you’d be on the hook for purchasing a minimum order of 5000 copies or something ludicrous, only to look at all those boxes in your basement years later and wonder what you were thinking.
A few days back, my father-in-law released his first book.
First, using content from one of his thought-provoking blogs and second, using a service called CreateSpace. He now has a book, with a proper ISBN number, that’s being distributed and shipped by Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the United States.
Total cost for the endeavour? Free.
CreateSpace does everything except the writing. Paul’s book is printed and shipped on-demand, and Paul receives a small royalty from every copy purchased.
You can check out CreateSpace for yourself. That’s not the point of this post though.
The point is this.
I’ve heard it said time and time again, “I should write a book.”
Well my friends, I have good news. If you have something to say, and want to write a book, there’s nothing standing in your way.
I hope you’ll check out Paul’s book, and for a fiver, maybe even pick up a copy.
You can read Paul’s popular blog at Quoteflections.com
On a side note, yet similarly related, check out what Seth Godin’s up to in The Domino Project. Seth is hoping to change the game of traditional book publishing. If there’s anyone who can move things in a new direction, it’s Seth. Check it out.