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As a beginner or a novice how does one go about publishing a book?
So, as suggested Kindle KDP is often the first move. I have worked with many writers over the years doing edit work, and from the many conversations I have learned to be careful of lesser know publishers who will reach out directly to you through social media. If all they can do for you is publish your book on Amazon, well that isn't worth anything. Many of the younger writers get taken advantage of because the writer is just excited to be "published" and can lose the rights to their own work or lose money in the process. Being published is just a business arrangement. You need to look at what the publisher is bringing to the table. Some of them will also straight up ask you for money as well to be published by them.
I'd echo this. Be very wary of vanity publishers who also ask for money up front, and then fail to deliver the goods. I've been approached by Austen MacCauley a handful of times, and when looking at the terms involved, it is so not worth it. I would pay to essentially be lost on a shelf.
I agree. I have also used Amazon KDP to publish my YA novel with much success. I will be doing the same with my first poetry anthology.