You’ve worked in the trenches. You’re seasoned in your subject matter. You’ve tested educational theories and discovered new ones, and now you’re ready to share your experiences and knowledge with others. Yes. You’re ready to write your own book.
It doesn’t have to be a tome. It could be a collection of your blog posts on your first year of teaching, or a report on innovative ways to tackle common core. It could be the clever or amusing things your kindergarteners or high schoolers say, or ideas on how to implement social media in your lessons.
With topic and material in hand, the next decision is what format to use.
Fortunately, the publishing world has made it much easier –and less expensive—for even newbie authors to publish their works, but before you press the publish button, let’s look at some of the main tools available that will help you create the kind of book you need.
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eBook, Print, or Audio?
Although many new authors assume their books will be digital or electronic in format, it’s worth considering whether a print product might suit your needs. Surprisingly, print publishing is on the rebound, with Publishers Weekly noting that 2014 books sales were the best they’d been since eBooks first exploded on the scene in 2010. If providing a tactile experience is important, or if your audience has limited access to digital readers, publishing a paper book may …