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The Ultimate Guide to Publishing Ebooks: The Easiest, Step-by-Step Process for Self-Publishing Your Own Book

 Do you have a story to tell? Maybe an idea that’s been floating in your head for years? Maybe even a memoir from when you were a child? You can now turn it into your own ebook. There are so many reasons why you should self-publish. Because people, in general, love stories and will read almost anything you give them. But also because there is no need to wait for anyone but yourself to approve of what you write. You can just put out your book and let it go out into the world!  This guide will help you learn how to publish an ebook without any technical know-how. All you need is a computer and some creativity!

Section 1: How self-publishing works

The basic concept of self-publishing is that you publish your own book. Usually, self-publishing entails using a copywriting or blogging template to create a self-publishing website, such as the case of the many self-publishing websites online.  There are hundreds of different variations on these templates, so find one that works for you!  Publishing a Book  All you have to do to publish your book is to take some photos of yourself and your ideas, and make a book in a Word document.  As you’re writing, get to know your book theme and your personal story, so you can really relate to your readers. It’s better to write a book that reflects your personality and situation rather than just regurgitating a concept you’ve read somewhere.

Different ways to publish

There are many ways to self-publish and we will discuss them in the next section.  But before we start, let’s take a look at the options and decide which one fits your writing style.  Traditional publishing  You can’t avoid using this term when you self-publish. It’s a type of publishing that has existed for more than 2 centuries and is very well established in the industry.  You will need a publication house to sell your book. They will help you decide the price you want to set it for, how to present it, and the cover design. Some big companies will offer you publishing services and others will offer you a service called digital distribution.  They will transfer the ebooks to Apple, Kobo, and other ebook stores.

Choosing a publishing platform

The first thing you’ll need to decide is which publishing platform you want to use for your book. There are many on the market, but there are only a few to choose from. In fact, the most popular one is Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.  But as they say, “Be careful what you wish for.” Just because they have the biggest market share, doesn’t mean you can use their service for free. You’ll need to pay a license fee to use their tool for publishing, and it is expensive.  This is not to say that they are not good, it’s just that they have their rules and regulations which you need to follow. In fact, they even have a whole set of rules that are meant to safeguard their customers against their scams, by bringing their contracts with them.

Designing your ebook cover

Creating an attractive cover for your book can be very tricky, especially if you want to stand out in a crowd. You could go for a minimalist look, or make the cover stand out with your creative choice. Here are some design examples that can help you decide what type of ebook cover you want.  The minimalistic look  Books written for business can have a minimalist style, in which you may just see a brief description on the front cover.  This could be particularly useful for a business book. The other option could be to go for a whole image, instead of just a simple image, which is great for an interesting story.  The headline and description look  Books can have a similar design as a business card. This may be a good choice if you want to attract more attention to your book.

Writing your book

Don’t worry. It’s not rocket science. In fact, it’s quite simple.  Here are the steps to self-publish your book using your own domain name and hosting service.  Step 1: Find a domain name  The first thing you have to do is find a domain name. This is where you will tell people about your book and you will be able to reach more people. When you’re doing your research, you should first focus on finding a domain name for your book, not a personal one. When you’re self-publishing, you want to distance yourself from your personal name.  Remember that you will need a web page for every book you’re going to publish. If you publish as many as possible, you will have your own web site and people will be able to check it out. But the chances are that you will have one, anyway.

Formatting your book for publication

First things first! If you’re new to self-publishing, formatting your book is the first thing you should do. The way I do this is by using Microsoft Word and Publisher. However, you can also use an online self-publishing system. But I believe Microsoft Word is the best way to do this as it allows you to build your own document.  When you get used to the formatting, you will be able to submit your book to the ebook stores without a problem.  What’s the best self-publishing ebook store?  It’s a hard question to answer, as every ebook store has it’s own rules. But here is my pick of the best ebook stores in the world. You can check them out HERE!  Amazon  Amazon is great, as the people of Amazon seem to love your work, so you can really have an effect.

Headings and formatting for easy reading

Pricing and location: for writers, ebooks will cost between $4.99 and $16.99. For readers, ebooks range from free to $30.99.  Creative Commons: like Wikipedia, you can either link or download the work, but the work is still your property. So you can’t sell copies of your book on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.  Step 1: Come up with your idea for an ebook. You can do this on any writing website. I recommend Squarespace or Weebly. They’re easy to set up and have

great creative tools. But you don’t want to copy someone else’s work. Don’t use someone else’s images or name or subtitle. Use your own, or one you created in Squarespace or Weebly.  Step 2: Make a screenshot of your ideal ebook. A screenshot is a screenshot of a website. It will serve as a template for formatting your ebook.

Proper spacing and margins

The most important thing to remember is that you need to make the book as big as possible. No matter how good your writing is, an ebook will always look smaller than a physical book, even if it’s the same size. Don’t be tempted to stretch things to fit it all on a single page or two. The more characters, places and events in your book, the longer the book will be.  But if you’re planning on doing it yourself, you can have more characters, places and events than you can handle. You can put in as many of them as you want! There are no limits!  This is also why you need to make sure the margins are suitable for the size of your ebook. A 4-page ebook will always look like 2 pages if you don’t take care with your margins.

Uploading and promoting your ebook

The first step to publishing is uploading your ebook to the internet. Here, you will need to sign up for an online store. You can try many free ebook platforms such as Scribd, LibriVox, Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. Don’t worry, they all are free for the first month, but if you keep returning to your account, you will find many ads on your screen! However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you don’t mind these ads, right?  Once you have signed up for one of these stores, you can start creating your book on their website and marketing it. Marketing, however, is only one side of the coin. The other side is editing and editing is something you need to pay for. The good news is that there are a lot of free editors out there, so you won’t need to be expensive.

Promote with social media

No matter what type of ebook you plan on publishing, it’s important to know how to promote it. Whether you’re selling hardcovers or ebooks, you need to find an effective way to spread the word.  Below are just a few of the different ways you can use to promote your book. These are just some of the many, many ways you can be active in the world of ebooks and self-publishing.  Content Promotion  You could use these tips to make sure you get your content promoted on as many platforms as possible.  Use Amazon’s powerful sales tools  You can also use Amazon’s KDP tools to promote your book.  These tools let you create offers, offer price discounts, and make a bunch of other things. Basically, everything you need to promote your book on Amazon.

Promote with an email list

One of the easiest ways to spread the word about your ebook is to create an email list and send email promotions. It’s also an effective way to have regular contact with your audience.  Every time someone buys your book, you can have a conversation with them. They might share a point or ask you a question. When that happens, don’t be afraid to comment, ask them more questions and reply to them directly on the email list.  You can also ask them to share on social media, or give them a code to download a copy of your book. And if you ask them nicely, many of them might even review your book on Amazon.  Learn how to create an email list by reading this article: An Easy Guide to Creating Your Own Book Promotion List.

Go viral on the internet

It’s a pretty simple concept. You take your story and cut it up. Make it smaller. Ditch the parts that suck, the parts that people don’t want to read. But most of all, you add extra parts. Extra chapters. Details. Exciting parts. New endings.  That’s the secret sauce. That’s the truth. It’s always the middle and the end of the story that get left behind. No matter how good the beginning and the end are.  So the story starts off a bit ordinary, just a normal story about an ordinary girl. And then at the end, something happens that makes it seem all new again. You could say she goes into a coma. And then when she wakes up, she discovers she’s… headless! Or maybe she’s a zombie. Or a vampire. Or something!  It’s not very original, you might say. Free Book

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