Years ago, if someone wanted to get a book self published, they had to pay thousands .  A printer would publish the book for the individual and give them a certain number of copies.  All of the copies, plus the fees that were involved in setting up the press and printing, were paid for by the author of the self published book.  Those who did seek to have their books self published were not thought to be good authors.  The name used for self publishing then was vanity press.  It was thought that those who got their books published this way just had the money, not the talent, that was needed to be a writer. 

The same is not true now.  Because so many people purchase books online, more so than at the bookstore, self publishing is seen as much more respectable.  And because traditional publishers take very few authors and is so competitive, it is also seen as a way for a writer to have their voice heard. 

There have been stories of those who submitted, just for fun, a first chapter and query letter of a great novel to publishers to see if they actually read them.  They were returned with standard rejection letters.  Many publishing houses will not take writers who are not represented by agents.  This makes it very difficult for someone to get their book published as most agents who deal with these publishers only deal with established authors. 

Some decide to publish their books using small press publishers.  These publishers will not charge a writer for printing their book,, but will also not have the clout to get the book reviewed in the New York Times.  The writer has to do all of the marketing for the book and only receives a small portion of the royalties.  Needless to say, it makes more sense for a new writer to self publish their book and market it themselves.  They can use modern self publishers that print to order and do not charge an enormous fee for publishing a book.  The books are given ISBN numbers and are listed on places like Amazon, where most people today are buying books.  The author can have their book in a bookstore as long as it has an ISBN.  There are many ways for a self published author to market their book.

Since you will most likely do the marketing anyway when you get your book published, you might as well self publish your book with a publisher that does print on demand publishing.  This way, you get a higher percentage of the profits and the book can be listed online for those who are interested in buying it.  Self publishing is the way that many writers today, even those who have been published by small press, are deciding to publish their book. 

Two places that you can go online to self publish your book are Lulu.com and Ingram Sparks.comm.  Both of these are well known with self publishers and print to order.  

Both these companies give you tools to format your book yourself.  You need to submit a PDF to them in order for them to be able to print your book.  If you have a PDF converter or Adobe, you can format your own book this way through this company.  They give you a choice of hardcover or soft cover as well as different sizes of the book that are available.  If you choose a plain cover with just lettering, you can get the book printed for less than 200.  The books are listed on their website and you can also get them listed on Amazon and other book distributors.  This is a good option for those who have little money, computer skills and are able to format the book on their own.  

Both of these sites print to order, which means that you do not have to order a bunch of books.  They will print a book when a customer orders it and ship it out for you.  You get paid a percentage of the books that you sell, which is a higher percentage than what you would get with a mainstream publisher and much more than you can get with small press publishing.  If you take the time to market your book, which you can do, you can end up making a lot more money and getting your book out to readers. 

Take a look online and find a website that will offer you print to order books.  You will get a percentage of the books that you buy for yourself as well.  You can purchase the books yourself and get them in bookstores as well as book fairs and exhibits for self published writers.  Bookstores will take a book as long as there is an ISBN on it.  The book publisher will also include a barcode on the book. 

There are now many more options open than ever before for those who want to self publish their books.  Because of internet technology and computer technology, it is easy for any writer to get their book published through self publishing.  An increasing number of writers are seeking out self publishing to make money and get their books out to the public who are eager to read them