How to Get Published (Free Resources)

By Joe Bunting

There are thousands of people who want to write a book and get published, but don’t really know where to start. For a long time, I was one of them! But most people don’t realize writing and publishing your book is just the beginning. The real challenge is getting people to buy the book and read it!

How do you publish a book that sells?

Get Published

Photo by Magic Madzik

We started Story Cartel to make it easier for writers. Writing a book and publishing it is hard enough on its own. We wanted to create a community to support authors through the process.

Since we started Story Cartel just a few months ago, we have had the privilege of helping traditional publishers, New York Times bestselling authors, and successful independent authors get more reviews and build the audiences for their books.

Needless to say, it’s been an exciting year so far.

However, we also wanted to create a resource for writers who are just getting started, authors who may have written a book but don’t know how to get people to read it, or even writers who want to write a book but need advice and accountability to finish.

The Story Cartel Course

For the last few months, I’ve been quietly working on something that I think is going to change the way writers approach their craft.

On Thursday, March 14, I will be opening a class to teach you everything you need to know about how to write better, get published, and build your audience. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, over the next two weeks I’m going to be giving away eight free lessons to anyone who signs up for the class waiting list. It will be a mini-course in how to write a book, get published, and build an audience.

If you want to learn more about writing and publishing, you can sign up here.

Most of these free lessons will only be available for a short time, so I highly recommend signing up now if you’re interested. Click here to sign up for the free lessons.

Hope to see you soon!

Do you want to write a book? Have you already written one? Tell me about it in the comments section.

  • Alexi George

    Yes. I have an idea for a book and I have worked on a tentative outline. Now I just need to find time in between writing my weekly blogs. I am really excited about this writing project.

  • Chioma Anozie

    I also have an idea for a book. A collection of stories. I really am excited about it. Though work makes it really difficult to focus on my project, I still dedicate time each week to it. dats how much i want my writing dream to be a reality.

    • Joe Bunting

      Good for you, Chioma. It takes a lot of time to write a book, and even more time to revise, publish and market it. It’s worth it, though.

  • Maria Morgan

    Hi Joe! I’ve written a book proposal and the first three chapters of a devotional study and have decided to go the self-publishing route. You’re course is very timely for me. Looking forward to getting started on the content. I notices you’re a fellow Georgian! Best regards~

    • Joe Bunting

      Awesome, Maria. It sounds like you’re in for a fun ride. :) Let me know how I can help.

  • justsaying

    Beggars can’t be choosers, but there are at least two typos/errors in this posting. Ethos takes a hit.

    • Joe Bunting

      Thanks! I found one of them, but didn’t see the second. I always appreciate the help. Typos happen (even in traditionally published books), and catching them for each other is one of the ways we can support the community.

  • justsaying

    You’re welcome. The second is the contraction “it’s” rather than the possessive “its” in the paragraph after the photo.

    • Joe Bunting

      Good call! Contractions are my nemesis.

  • John Fisher

    Hi, Joe,

    I’m working sporadically on a memoir, which in all honesty, sometimes seems a worthy endeavor and at other times does not, depending on a lot of things. I’ve tried my hand at writing stories, pieces of which have appeared on The Write practice, a blog I find very helpful (and thank you!). I am very naive about the publishing business, especially today right now.

    I’m not clear on, will there be a fee for the class, the waiting list for which I am considering signing up for? Income is limited.


    John Fisher

    • Joe Bunting

      Hey John. Good to hear from you. There’s no fee for the waiting list but there will be one for the course. I’m so glad you’re finding The Write Practice helpful. :) Thanks John.

  • Greta J King

    I have four books published and just signed with a new publisher for a fifth book coming out this fall

    • Joe Bunting

      That’s awesome, Greta. Congrats on the new contract. Who with?

  • New

    I’ve written four novels, two experimental ones and two traditional story novels, and have three partial novels. I am currently in the 7th editing of an earlier ts novel. It’s been a while and I now see many more edits than I ever did before. On my other ts novel, I had a number of partial requests and a full request, but no fit or offer. I team up with a partner for accountability on the hard parts like editing work or picking up a WIP that has been left for so long that I have trouble getting back into it and that really helps. I love writing, but I am often discouraged and confused with the querying, marketing, publishing worlds. (BTW, I thought I wrote this comment before but it disappeared! Poof! So if it shows up twice, please delete one. Thanks.)

  • Kristi Singer

    I have written 5 children’s stories (pre-school age) that are just waiting to be sent off. I know writing children’s stories seems pretty lame compared to writing a novel, but they’re really cute rhyming stories about various bugs. I honestly don’t know what stops me from submitting them, other than my self-esteem.

    • Joe Bunting

      That’s awesome, Kristi. I think you would get a lot out of this course. We talk a lot about what holds us back, and how to share your story with confidence.

  • jerome scott

    awesome work regular visit a fanastic site i enjoy visiting on a daily basis

  • Lisa Nicholas

    I’ll be publishing my first science fiction novel in a few months, and look forward to sharing it with Story Cartel readers. Learn more about Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars, and planned sequels, here:

  • Megan

    im writing a book about my daughter that passed away and my life after and about my relationships i would love to get it published. please email me about it

  • Kenneth Chamberlin

    So it does cost money and your promo site is misleading. You lost me just by being underhanded and not telling the truth.