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Dateline: 28 March 2000 Early Edition
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Yesterday I couldn't even spell author, now I are one!
The arrival of the Internet, and in particular the World Wide Web, has made it easier than ever for would-be writers and authors to publish their work to a global audience for virtually no cost.

The only problem is -- how do you make any money out of it?

Of course there are plenty of philanthropic fools like myself who just give away the fruits of their efforts, but anyone who wants to turn their writing into money might want to take a close look at some of the new e-publishers that have arrived on the scene.

One of the leading e-publishers is MightyWords.com.

This outfit will publish your work and make it available online for just US$1 per month per file plus a 50 percent commission on all sales.

Of course there are no doubt many who are sitting at their screens reading this and saying "why pay them $1 month?" and "isn't 50 percent a pretty big commission?"

Well when you consider that in the print world I consider myself lucky if I get a 12 percent royalty (meaning that 88 percent of the cover price goes somewhere else), what amounts to a 50 percent royalty is actually very good.

It's even better when you figure that these people, as publishers do, take care of promoting your work and handling all the individual sales transactions. All you have to do is write your story, article or whatever; submit it; pay the hosting fee and sit back while the cheques roll in.

Okay, so maybe that's a little optimistic -- not everything that is written is a hot seller, or even sells at all.

Still, if you think you have what it takes to write a best-seller, or if you believe you've got the ability to write some kind of technical or tutorial material that others will want to buy then why not give it a go?

I intend to publish a couple of chapters of my new book which are able to stand alone using this site. I'll keep you informed as to how well it works.

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