Writing and Publishing Your Own Book

Many people, especially future authors, have asked me about writing and publishing my own book.

Writing Your Book

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Publishing Your Book Yourself

I went through all the regular channels to get HOW TO BE A ZEN MAMA published. I thoroughly researched agents and publishing companies. I got books out of the library. All the while I was writing, editing and finishing ZEN MAMA. I was having a great time doing just what I’d wanted to do since I was a little girl.

I also researched and found several companies that self publish. My favorite turned out to be CreateSpace, a member of the Amazon group of companies. It is the place for independent artists to create, engage, distribute and sell their work in physical and digital form to a worldwide audience. With industry-leading technology, innovative tools and services, and on-demand production, CreateSpace helps authors, filmmakers and musicians realize the potential of their creative content. Media formats supported through CreateSpace include books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads, and MP3s.

I have had a great experience with this company and would love to answer any questions you have. Authors can self-publish and share the book with millions of readers through CreateSpace. CreateSpace offers authors many benefits as a publishing partner, including high royalties, low book pricing, and expanded distribution options. Your book is automatically listed on Amazon, which is a great benefit. Please email me at thezenmama (at) gmail.com and I’ll answer any questions you have. (I am not a createspace affiliate, just a lover of the company)

Createspace has a great website. It has some wonderful training videos. You don’t have to join until you’re ready. You can click on the link below to find out more.

12 Responses to Writing and Publishing Your Own Book

  1. So glad I stopped by and saw this. I have been researching self-publishing a book. I was looking at Lulu, but they don’t offer all of the options I was hoping for. I’ll check out CreateSpace. Thanks!

    And congratulations on your book! 🙂
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  2. Alexandra says:

    I am going to do this.

    I have submitted my children’s book with no interest from anywhere.

    This is wonderful, and encouraging.

    Thank you
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    Betsy Reply:

    I think you’ll love createspace! I’m on a book #3 and have nothing but good luck. The marketing is the only thing a little more difficult….slowly but surely Zen Mama is getting out there!!


  3. Dave Rivers says:


    I have also published a book via createspace and am about to release a revised edition.
    My book is The Dance of Stillness. Great site and your book looks wonderful too, here we have just had our second child – little Grace Maria Rivers. My daughter Zoe (6yrs) loves writing too, I may be venturing into helping her publish a story. I agree with you on createspace, they are great. Its not all that hard, not exactly easy either but well worth it on many levels.




    Betsy Reply:

    Hi Dave,
    You’re book and family sound great. Isn’t createspace an incredible company to work with? I’ve had the best experience. I definitely check out your website. Thanks for visiting!


  4. Jimmy says:

    Hi Everyone,

    Yes, CreateSpace is the place to go if you want to self publish. I think they made it really simple to publish your books and you get to buy copies of your own book while doing the editing rounds.

    I actually submitted a copy for publishing but decided to pull out after two rounds of editing. Somehow, the book title did not feel right. But I have got a couple real stuff lined up soon.

    “There is a good book in all of us.”



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  6. Tammy says:

    Any success financially? I am wanting to publish on amazon and have found so far that most successful ebooks are fiction. I’m interested in topics such as yours and minimalism, but don’t want to waste my time if it’s not financially feasible. Thanks


    Betsy Reply:

    Hi Tammy,
    Yes! Not a ton of money but enough to pay all sorts of bills! I’ve had great success with createspace, through amazon. I absolutely love publishing with them. They make it very easy. It’s helped having a blog to go with the book and my marketing techniques have worked well in Colorado. It’s a lot of fun but hard work. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.


  7. Hi Betsy!
    My thought process as my book was ready to publish was much like yours! I tell the story here: http://lifeforinstance.com/2011/09/19/are-you-a-maverick/
    I have been meaning to check out CreateSpace and will go through your link and do it this fall. It’s nice to know who to ask if I have questions – thanks!


    Betsy Reply:

    I’m clicking on the link and read about your book. If you have any questions about createspace, just let me know.
    I just loved the process and am working on #4 now!
    Looking forward to reading yours!


  8. Hi Betsy,
    I ran into similar problems with publishing companies. Much of my book In This Moment…the little book of emotions was guided from a much higher source than I and they were very clear on the size, layout and the template for the emotion wording. I self-published under my own publishing name Lone Lotus Publishing but wish I had known about createspace. I’m going to look at their process again and see if it might be beneficial at this stage to go through them instead. Marketing is a challenge but it sounds like it is for many of us. Love your blogs and Zen tips and utilize them daily. I’d love to send you a copy and if there are any emotions that you’d like to post let me know. Wishing you a happy day.


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