With the many writing projects that I’ve got before myself, I should analyze the thought of how in the world I am to get all of them into print. That is, after all, the goal of every writer.

One thing is for sure: the face of publishing has changed over the years.

In the past years, a writer wrote their story, submitted the manuscript, and was then blessed with their own little printed baby. The publisher took on responsibility for peddling the piece of work, making sure that other folks knew your work was available and was available for purchase. They did all the literary prostitution for you and you just sat back, enjoyed the “nice work” comments and practiced your autograph.

Not anymore.

Not that we writers can even blame the publishing houses-the economy and the birth of digitalization has dictated many of the new steps they’ve taken and new directions they have begun to walk in. We realize that they are also in business and must make the best decisions for their financial survival, just as we, the writers, do.

With the traditional publishing houses in the position of being leery to take a chance on new and unknown authors, this leaves the writer in the position of having to decide how to get their work into print.

Fortunately for us, there are several alternatives for us to look into and weigh out according to our own needs and circumstances.

These are just a few that I’ve either hear about or have given thought to myself, but I’m not endorsing any of them or recommending them.

1.    http://outskirtspress.com/selfpublishing.html advertises that you keep 100% of your rights and royalties, plus you get to set your own prices. It looks like they will even help design your book cover.

2.    http://www.booksurge.com and https://www.createspace.com both offer a digital coupon to request more information about their services; both offer the booklet: “a free e-booklet from book publishing guru Brian Jud - Get Your Word's Worth: 555 Tips for Improving Your Book Promotion.”

3.    http://www.instantpublisher.com/  “is a subsidiary of Fundcraft Publishing Company, a book publisher for 100 years” and they offer the author downloadable cover and manuscript templates.

4.    http://www.lulu.com/ stands out in my own mind because of the success Christopher Paolini had with this company. With three packages to choose from, the company boasts the following: “It's true, authors who use Lulu professional services are likely to sell on average twice as many books.”

5.    http://www.authorhouse.com/  offers a paperback or hardback package starting off at $599 and ending up with $2,000, depending on how many extras you want to use. Each package comes with the following features: support, cover, interior design, ISBN, electronic proof, online distribution, consultation, bookstore availability, a complimentary author copy, e-distribution, and a subscription to what looks like an in-house newsletter.

These are just a drop in the bucket, of course. There are so many more; it's too bad there's not enough time to list them all.

I don’t really know if other authors find themselves writing in several genres all at the same time or if most authors generally try writing in the same one genre. Personally speaking, I’ve got many stories rolling around inside my mind and must either write them or risk an internal combustion; I’ve decided that I don’t want to die in this manner unless it’s on a Wednesday and I’ve got seven frogs on my left foot. And they have to all be named Walter.

Because I have not tried these self-publishing methods, I know virtually nothing about them.

If you have any tips or know of other self-publishing software and/or companies out there, I would appreciate hearing everything you’ve got to offer!

Robyn