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One thing that often holds people back from writing is the thought of trying to get published. We have all heard horror stories of trying to get published. First you need an agent, but agents won’t talk to you until you’ve been published. Or, you submit your polished epic gem of a novel to a dozen different publishing houses, only to hear the chirping of crickets in response. Months pass, with no reply, and then maybe, if you are lucky, you get a rejection note. Lather, rinse, repeat for ten years until finally, through some combination of luck, voodoo, and the alignment of the stars, you finally get your work published.

The solution many people have been turning to, and that the internet has made much easier, is self-publishing. The only problem is, most of us don’t have the money to rent time with an actual printing press, so for a time the only solution was vanity publishing, which is about as well-received as you might expect from the name.

Then along came ebooks. Nook, Kindle, iPad, Kobo. A hundred different types of ebook readers. Horay for the Little Guy (or Girl)! Now we can self-publish without having to chop down trees ourselves to make the paper, etc.

The big question is: how? How does one go about self-publishing for the various ebook formats?

Well, the first thing that will surprise you is that there are really only two ‘main’ formats. And there are companies out there that will help you publish. But you need to know where all this information is, you need a place where it is all compiled in a useful form, without being deluged with google ads and links to dubious software ‘publishing’ downloads.

Welcome to Publish Your Own Ebooks: How to write, publish, and sell your own ebooks online. Gary McLaren has compiled dozens of helpful articles on the subject, ranging from discussions on the most popular platforms, to how to use aggregator services, from where to find art for your books, to how to ‘sign’ an ebook for signing events, and dozens more.

There is plenty of good stuff here even for those who wish to go through an established publisher. Simply knowing some of this, and having handy references at your fingertips cannot but help with the process, no matter how you approach it. Swing by and give him a read, and follow him on twitter (the link is on his site) for regular updates.

And don’t worry about this page falling off the front of this site, PYOEbooks is listed on the Resources links list on the left.