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Comparing the alternatives on social publishing

Authors from all over the world are benefiting from self-publishing in ways that past generations couldn’t even imagine. The opportunity to have the power back to us, democratizing the whole publishing process, has gone a long way for many emerging writers. Authors nowadays have more tools and options to market themselves, create their own portfolio, adopt readers and followers, construct engaging storylines, improve writing, get constant feedback, monetize in different ways, and most importantly, connect with a readership that was impossible to do while selling books in a physical bookshelf.


There is a vast ocean of possibilities for emerging writers and established authors looking to break through in the digital publishing space - since the content is platform-agnostic, it’s easier to expand to different platforms and gather broader audiences. You can either choose one and commit to it, or use as many as you want to increase your possibilities to build different fan-bases, in different sites with different audiences.

We created a list of the most popular digital platforms that you can use to get published, and we will explain how they work and what they offer. 

1. Inkspired: Is a digital platform for readers and writers, where you can discover and publish creative stories, book series and storytelling for    free. You can receive donations for your stories, discover other independent authors, grow a readership and be part of a writing community. You also have options to create different story types, like  visual stories and blogs. Available also on iOS and Android for reading, and they have a professional authoring app for Mac and Windows specialized in fiction writing and online publishing.

2. Medium: Is one of the most famous online publishing platforms, developed by Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder. Here you can read and write social journalism, amateur and professional publications, blog  posts and documents. They have an app and a web page and also offer their own publications, which includes the online music magazine Cuepoint.


3. Wattpad:
Is a platform that allows you to share new stories with everyone. Users can publish articles, stories and poems about any subject. Content mainly focuses on fan fiction, starring amateur and established authors. Users can comment or vote in any post they read, and they can also join associated groups from the web page.


4. Lulu: Is a Self-publishing platform for digital and printed books. Writers can set up their own royalties, calculate how much money they can make by selling their books and control all the publishing process. Authors upload their files, and these are submitted by digital form for publication.

5. Radish: Is a mobile app for serial fiction with a growing user based mainly in Korea. With the app you can read stories, although most of the content is paid chapter by chapter.
On the other hand, writers can also benefit from platforms like Writer's Digest where, instead of publishing stories, you can read, discover and follow all sort of tips for writings, interviews, articles about how to create a good story and everything involved in the art of storytelling.

All of these platforms are great at their own thing, and all of them have different focuses, niches and use; it depends where you are at writing, and what do you want to achieve. That’s why it's hard to choose just one. We believe that Inkspired is one of the most complete ones, because it is specialized in a specific target of users, and it provides you interesting tools for reading, although its main strength is the experience while writing and publishing. 


Authors from all over the world are benefiting from self-publishing in ways that past generations couldn’t even imagine. The opportunity to have the power back to us, democratizing the whole publishing process, has gone a long way for many emerging writers. Authors nowadays have more tools and options to market themselves, create their own portfolio, adopt readers and followers, construct engaging storylines, improve writing, get constant feedback, monetize in different ways, and most importantly, connect with a readership that was impossible to do while selling books in a physical bookshelf.

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