If you don’t have the monetary investment to make a go out of being published, there is nothing wrong with doing it yourself. Thanks to a myriad of online companies, you can publish your own works without a great deal of money. In fact, some of them don’t require a single dime from you upfront. I’ll be adding more to this list as it becomes available.
Create Space is the Amazon equivalent of self-publishing. It will be the platform I use first when I am done developing my novel. It’s an easy to use system that is set up to sell your material through digital books, paper or even audio readings. While you do get the basic benefit of using Amazon’s search engine for distribution, it may be a good idea to set up your own online marketing to generate interest in your material.
Wattpad is a great place to get your works published so that others can read what you’ve done. Unfortunately, this isn’t a paid service. While there are contests available periodically, don’t expect to get royalties from publishing your content on Wattpad. Instead, use this platform to test out your abilities and discover what others think of your writing style.