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Dick Boersma, of Steamboat Springs, prints his mystery novels through CreateSpace, an on-demand printer that caters to self-publishing authors.

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Tom Ross: 1st-time authors waste no time

Writing a first novel is no less difficult than it ever was. But today, anyone with $7 and a friend with some skills in graphic arts can publish their first manuscript. Modern printing technology has made the publishing world a more egalitarian place.

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