If you're a novelist (or someone who hopes to be someday), don't get too frustrated with the publishing process — just do it yourself with FastPencil. We've posted about self-publishing sites before (including those for magazines), but FastPencil is great because it helps you break into the eReader market (which we all know is so hot right now) and sell your book online, while still reserving the option to create real books to buy as well. Additionally, FastPencil paves the way to sell your book in stores by assigning you ISBN numbers (or barcodes), which are important for tracking and selling in bookstores.
Just recently fresh out of beta, MagCloud allows you to create your own magazine, edit, tweak, add photography, and then with just a few clicks, publish your work online and have it printed for your adoring public.
Remember back when music was being made without record labels? It's kinda like that, but now you can unhinge your ideas on your own, without the backing of a megacorporation — just create your mag from your computer! But printing your magazine isn't all that MagCloud will do. Find out about the other services they take care of, and how much all of this costs when you read more
Let's say you've come up with this great episode guide for Battlestar Galactica. You've included pictures, insights, and some pretty great outlines for where you think the season finale is headed, and you want to get your guide out to the masses instead of keeping it all to yourself. You need eyeballs on that piece of art!
So you head on over to Scribd, upload your document (in Word, Excel, PDF or Text form), and off it goes into the vast reaches of the Internet for all the BSG Fanboys and Fangirls to see.
Still wondering what Scribd is? Well, for starters, it's a storage device, a self-publishing site, and a search engine all in one. Scribd lets you publish your documents and get them on the web for free and then allows you to embed your documents anywhere you wish — on your blog, Facebook, or Linkdin pages, anywhere. Plus, you can search for documents by type — how-to, eBook, essay — so your document can be found easily by others. Oh, and did I mention it was free? Scribd is also pretty sweet for proud mothers who would like to post their kids' A+ papers on their family blogs. Go ahead and say it: My kid is smarter than yours!