FastPencil Simplifies Self-Publishing for Authors

June 8, 2011

10:30 am

Unless you’re the next Mark Twain or Stephen King himself, the world of book publishing can be a dog eat dog place for the newbie author. Only 18% of manuscripts ever make it to a publisher’s website, and from that pool, 98% of them get rejected. With FastPencil‘s social self-publishing platform, novice authors don’t have to give up their dream of writing the next bestseller.

Simplifying the publishing process, FastPencil offers an online set of tools for getting your book into the hands of readers. The site enables authors to create books online, collaborate, publish and distribute their work all from one engaging platform.

You can create virtually any type of project, from publishing a 12-chapter novel to turning your blog into a book. The simple interface allows users to easily format text, add images, and track word count and revisions – with references like Wikipedia and a Dictionary conveniently on hand. Once you’re ready to publish, FastPencil prompts you with a detailed laundry list of settings for your book, including legal considerations, ISBN, templates, size and price.

The coolest thing about the site is its utilization of the FastPencil community of reviewers and editors. Much like Facebook or Twitter, you can add 140-character updates on your book or comment on other authors’ drafts. It’s an open, collaborative way to get immediate feedback on your work from other writers – and the perfect place to test out the waters on your latest book idea.

FastPencil also maintains FastPencil PREMIERE, a new publishing imprint for best-selling and more established authors. PREMIERE gives authors access to wide distribution channels and higher royalties than traditional publishers. The imprint cuts production time from several years to just a few weeks, and books are published in both traditional and eBook formats.

The book writing service is free to use, and FastPencil provides a number of cost-effective publishing packages and distribution options that will get you great exposure into the market. Whether you’re looking to publish a science fiction novel, how-to guide, or an ebook of short stories, FastPencil is a quick and easy solution to self-publishing your work.

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Trisha Cruz is a Tech Cocktail intern with a passion for writing and design. She is a rising third year at the University of Virginia majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Studio Art. Follow her at: @heytrisha

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