Publish your own Book

Post your own book

I would like you to read my thoughts on why self-publishing your own book is the new business card. You just gave your business card to someone, you failed. The future of the wine book? If you want, you can try to publish your own book online. Writing books is a great life.

It is free and simple to publish your book yourself: Get step-by-step instructions

After completing all the stages in Parts I, II and III, you are at last prepared to publish your book." A MS Word DOCX of your eBook, specified for Smashwords. A MS Word DOCX of the inside of your pocket book, whereby only the ISBN number of your book is absent on the copyrights page.

A JPG picture without important designs within a half inches. You' re all set to publish with these in your hands! It' now it is the right moment to describe your book. They want this to be spelled out in anticipation so you can be sure that you have the same descriptions for all of your book's different models, on all of your different platform types and on the back of your pocket.

A smashword needs a "short description" with a max. of 400 char. (Characters, not words, so "short" means SHORT!). It is also possible to insert a "long description" of up to 4,000 char. Smshwords only displays the brief text on your website. If you are distributing your e-book to a retailer, please submit both the long and long versions.

Amazons only need a book descriptor, up to 4,000 char. So, the ploy is to make a smashwords match description/display copy under 4,000 chars and make a 400-character chip. The 400-digit" Brief description" can also be found on the back of your pocket book, according to the selected typeface name.

So if you haven't yet created ad copy for your own book, you should stay at Amazon for some quality editing to get a sense of what works. Choose seven key words (also known as tags) that have a good opportunity to lead others to your book. There are only seven allowed in Amazon, so choose the best you can think of.

You can use smash words to type as many tag as you want, so that you can insert your second strings there. Probably you already have an client profile. This is the KDP bank you use to create your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) bankroll. Now for the fella under a cliff on the desert isle over there who never shopped at Amazon, register for an Acount.

If we don't get to you because you probably don't really exists... No Amazon at all? Log in with your Amazon username and passcode. Now you are on your KDPashboard. At the top is a warning: "Your bank information is not complete.

Fill in your author/editor information: Please fill in your bank and billing details. Payments by Amazon only by making a cash withdrawal. They tell them here where to pay their bonuses. Specify your control information. When you publish only your own book, you are a "sole proprietor" and your EIN is your number.

Non-US nationals can find special guidelines for your particular nation and your particular circumstances at Not US citizens/publishers, only Google "amazon before us publishers" for help in this work. Amazons regards you as an independent entrepreneur. You will not deduct income from your license fees or make any payment to the IRS on your name ((this may be different for non-US citizens).

This means that you report your license revenues to the tax office. This means, at least here in the USA, that you have to collect your license fees for your tax. Amazons have already been telling the feds that they payed you, so you can't act like you didn't get it, like money from a backyard sales.

There are three different screen types for the publication of your photos. First one collects meta data about book - book?, writer, descriptions, etc. Second is where you are uploading your MS Word DOCX and MS Word DOCX picture and previewing and approving the edited eBook KDP created from them. Third is where you determine your license fees, selling prices and sales permissions.

This is followed by the boxes for "Book title" and "Subtitle". I' ve put the whole thing in the box "Book title". As an example, when I released my anthology of shorts, "A World In Edgewise: 13 Sidereal Journeys", I typed the name into the box "Book Title" exactly like this. Name, double-point, subtitles. This is what it looks like on the book page.

If you enter the titles and subtitles seperately, I don't know how the titles on the products page would look, but I guess that your subtitles wouldn't appear at the top. You have no other option than to make your subtitles and titles into one thing. Do the same with Amazon to ensure that your book is consistent across all forums.

I' always disregard them, but use them when they make good business. This is for you if you are the publisher of your book and not the writer. "Describe " - Copy/paste your book descript. In my opinion, for KDP eBooks, your book title is translated to your products page almost exactly 1 for 1.

Here, pressing "enter" to place an additional blank between the sections in your book descriptions should be translated into an additional blank between the sections on your products page. Somehow this won't work if you publish your pocketbook, but I will give directions for a work-around in this section. "Publication Rights" - If This is your book you wrote, you own the publication privileges, so click this buttom.

"Keyword-- Your seven keywords/tags here. "To find the two best book classifications, please click here. You take your sweetheart' sweetheart' days. If you see that an authors on Twitter tweeting that his book is #1 on Amazon, that most of the times actually means that the book in question has achieved #1 in its focused sub-category.

Instead of being the number 1 among Amazon's million titles, it is actually the number 1 among the approximately 4,000 titles that have been categorised in this way, which is much simpler to achieve. There' really is a #1 next to the book on Amazon. Rankings in a subcategory of niches like this one offer real boast opportunities, so select your own subcategories carefully.

However, if you publish a children's or YA book, you should definitely contact your group. You just say you're willing to publish your book now. Allows you to add encoding to your edited Kindle eBook that prevents the buyer from making a copy of your book. Whilst that might soundthe like a great characteristic for guarding your copyrights and dodging eBook piracy, my experiance has been that the main purpose of DDRM is to pee off a certain section of serious readers and reduce vendors.

Anyone who wants to make serious illicit prints of your book will not be in the way of Amazon's DRM. However, it is not the only thing a book is copied for. For example, a popular eBook-lover is to use free software such as Calibreto to convert Kindle eBooks they've bought into ePubs, Portable Document Format (PDFs, etc.).

All they want is an option on how to use a good value proposition. A further explanation why anyone creates alternative formats of eBooks from their Kindle is that they don't rely on Amazon to keep their part of the deal and keep every single one of their eBooks they've ever bought securely available in their own private messaging environment.

If you copy the book you bought lawfully, just back up your investments by converting it to a data medium that you can put on your computer HD. If you say "yes" to DRM, you are blocking the capability of applications like Calibre to keep your book in alternative data storage media, and you are losing this non-pirated, technically experienced reader.

DRM will not stop you from taking your book if you really want it. However, if in this second section people buy your book and find they can't use it the way they want, it's the last book they'll ever buy with your name on it. After a sometimes boring period, you will be uploading your script and book covers saying, "processing it.

"Childle eBook Preview" - Now that your book covers and your script files have been submitted, use the preview page to see what the final artwork will look like. To see what your book looks like on a tray, Kindle eReader, or telephone, you can switch the screen. Browse through each page to see exactly what your readers will see.

Browse your book previews page by page to make sure everything is as it should be. When you find a problem, you can "save the design" and fix the problem in your MS Word DOCX. When this is done, simply go back to your eshboard and click on "continue publishing". Re-load your Word DOCX document and call up the thumbnail again.

After you have finished the preview, look for an original book detail in the top lefthand part of the page. "Click it to go back to the Contents page and proceed with the publication as before. "ISBN" ?-?On Amazon, you do not need an ISBN for an eBook. At Amazon I just want to keep this option empty.

"Editors " - If You have created a company like "Super Cool Books", you can add it here. When you publish under your name only, please don't use this field. I' ll tell you right from the start that I think it's a bad bargain, and I suggest that you don't enter your book.

Yes, you cannot publish your eBook on Smashwords or on iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble or in any library. The KDP Select has a few advertising bell and whistle with which you can boost your Amazon sale, but they come at the very high cost of exclusiveness.

Whilst a track is registered with KDP Select, you can only buy your e-book at Amazon. So, while you may have a better shot typing at the 65% of e-book buyers who buy through Amazon you are all the way truncated from the 35% who buy anywhere else. I' m sellin' almost as many iBooks as I do at Amazon.

If I signed up for KDP Select, would I be able to duplicate my Amazon purchases to make up for the losses of iBooks? Learn all about the programme and make your own choice. "License Fees and Pricing" - To be eligible for the 70% license options, your eBook must cost $2.99 or higher. You have a clever built-in pocket computer that will suggest a sweepspot price for your book on the basis of its number of words and Amazon selling trend.

They can still charge higher or lower prices, it's up to you. All you have to do is to publish a book with less than 20,000 words that you want to buy for 99c. If you put your cost below $2. 99, Amazon faculty dig deeply and steal common fraction your donation.

At Amazon, 99c eBooks are selling like hot cakes. In my opinion, it's better to buy a lot of textbooks and get 35 europence fees than if you're not at Amazon at all. Keeping your book in both places is by far the best choice. Determine your own pricing by either agreeing to what the computer has to offer or by setting your own US dollar pricing.

Amazon will charge you the corresponding rates in local currency for Amazon supermarkets on the basis of your US dollar counter. NOTICE: Always end your prize with". 99", i.e. . 99, $2. 99, $3. 99, $4. 99, etc. Though it might, the explanation to withstand is because Apple's iBooks cost condition to end in . 99, and if you don't, they either completely dislike your product, or they'll curve the cost up.

It is important that your book has the same prize on each of the platforms. "?-?If You publish in both eBook and Pocketbook, since you are here, you can sign up for Matchbook. The eBook is also available at a discounted rate for purchasers of your pocket book.

I don't understand why anyone would want both, but many folks have to, otherwise Amazon wouldn't be offering this as an opt. "?-?It says here "optional", but it is actually obligatory for writers who get the 70% license or more. Please click on "publish book". "Your e-book will be on Amazon within 72hrs, although it seldom goes beyond 24.

Your e-book is out! Go back to your dash. Because you publish your pocketbook via KDP, you don't have to repeat any of the registry work. Many of the meta -data you typed in for your e-book is already there. As with your e-book, there are three pages to go through when you publish your pocket book.

"The" language", "book title", "series", "edition number", "author", "contributor" and "description" should already be filled in here for you and reflect your items from your e-book. NOTICE: As already stated, when Amazon generates the Amazon products page for your pocketbook, your book descriptions look the same to you on this release page as when you type for your e-book, the blanks between your heels are ignored and everything runs together.

Browse through your book descriptions. "Verlagsrechte " - You are the author of the book. "You must re-enter your seven key words here at ?-?You And I don't know why they're not transferred from your e-book, but they don't. NOTICE: I haven't been experimenting with it myself, but I've been reading where writers say they are reaching a broader public by using different key words and classes for their pocket book than for their iBook.

You can find links to all issues of your book at Amazon. If you find the pocket book, but would rather have the e-book, you can click on it directly on the pocket book's products page. Also, in principle, by using different meta data for your e-book and pocketbook, you could achieve your titles in four different catagories, with 14 key words, and possibly twice as many book buyers.

"?-?If Your book is unsuitable for children, say it. "?---create Space Books" --assume that you want to know if you have already released this song on CreateSpace, which is in Amazon's possession, because they have already given you a free ISBN for the song and you want to use it here again.

" Yes, you can buy your own ISBN anywhere, but why are you doing this? It' only available on Amazon, but you won't publish your pocket book anywhere else anyway. When you later choose to publish a pocket book issue on or any other print-on-demand site, you will also receive a free ISBN.

Is it important that your book, which is released on different platform, has different ISBN numbers if you do so? "Date of publication" - If you do not specify this field, your products page will display today's date as the date of publishing, which is usually not inaccurate. If, for any reasons, you want your products page to show an older date, you can do so here.

"?-?The The most popular paperbacks are preselected here, and for good reasons, IMHO. As it is, you will receive a 6 "X9" book, with a matt front page sleeve and an inksheet. In case you really need a shiny front page or cream-coloured pages, you can pick them here.

"Buchcover " - With Your e-book, you have chosen "Upload Cover". "You could do this because KDP wanted a JPG picture for your e-book that you had finished. This will not work for your pocket book because you need a print-ready PDF artwork to be able to upload it.

Instead, click on "Use Covers Creator to create your book cover". Then click on "Choose from the artwork album. If you click anywhere in the front panel, a field will appear where you can select an alternative picture to the above one. "Rummaging in your . The JPG picture. Your wildcard picture disappears and your book artwork looks great at ?and!

Back side is quite self-explanatory. Use the small square in the top lefthand hand column to add your name. Please click on the large text field in the centre of the page and insert your book descriptions. Here, too, your 400-character "short description" is probably sufficient, but that's up to you.

At the bottom of the display are utilities for modifying the colour of the text backgrounds, fonts, sizes and colours. Use them until your backing appeals to your eye. Formate your spinal column. It will already display your back to adjust the width of the back to the page number of your PDF interior.

It may be necessary to erase your sub-title for things to look good and match, but you seldom see sub-titles on anyhow. Usually use the same text and text colours that you used on the back, unless you have a pressing need not to do so. After you have released your print-ready PDF book jacket, you return to the "Content" page on which you stopped.

You will see on your computer monitor that both the inside of your book and your envelope show "Edit your file". What happened is that KDP generates a thumbnail of your entire book, front, inside and spine covers, just as it will be printed and delivered to the lucky readers' mailboxes.

When your book is long, say 400 pages or longer, it can take half an hours. KDP book preview is astonishing. You' ll see exactly what your printed book will look like. Spend your free browsing through each page to make sure everything is as flawless as possible.

It is a "no problem" book. If, for example, you have forgotten to activate the checkbox "ISO 19005-1" when saving your ISO 19005-1 file, you will receive a warning here that KDP has embeded your scripts for you and to make sure that nothing has been moving on you and your interiors have soiled.

Whatever you get here or don't get, put your apples on every single page of the snippet. "teritories " - ? - 13 the same choice you have chosen for your e-book. "Prices and License Fees" - There displays a reserve rate that tells you how much your pocketbook will cost to be printed, depending on the printing choices you select and the number of pages in your book.

Specify a higher value. The fee is shown. Continue to add listed prizes until you find a cute place where you are satisfied with the fee, but your book is not so pricey that no one will buy it. When you publish a book of poems or something similar where almost everyone who purchases it wants the pocketbook, keep your listing low to promote pocket book purchases.

However, if you publish a novel or sci-fi novel, or other work where a large proportion of the reader either prefers the eBook or is satisfied with one of the two formats (they buy whatever is cheaper), increase your pocketbook listing prices to boost eBook sell. When your pocketbook listing cost is $15.99 and your eBook is $2.99, your Amazon eBook products page will do the maths for your client, and show "eBook cost $2. 99 - 111 - ? 81%!

When you choose to publish your paper back on instead of or in conjunction with Amazon, please keep in mind to substitute the free Amazon ISBN on the copyrights page with the free ISBN provided by Lulu and resave your MS Word document as a PDF. The PDF and your book art works well on Lulu, as big as they are (if you left with 6 "X9" ), and allow you to load up a funky back art if that's important to you.

Lulu can also bring your book to Barnes & Noble (the website, not the brickwork and grout stores). You have recently altered your pocketbook marketing policies to the mass-damage of the writers. Historically, the pocket books you could make and distribute on Lulu were just like the ones you just made on Amazon KDP.

You were a little more costly to run, so your fee was a little lower, but not so much that it was a scab. Publication on both was a good idea. However, the recent amendment disqualified the cheaper book from sale in retailing. To get your Lulu softcover to your local bookstore now, you need to use the "premium-printer" option, which increases your costs of paper so dramatically that there is no way to get a real life listing quote and still get a license fee.

Now, Lulu makes all the cash out of selling your book, and you get pence or nothing. If you are a private entrepreneur, most of us, please fill in your national insurance number at "TIN". Well, now that you have your MS Word document and your title page. JPEG picture, it's a good idea to merge it into one ePub-files.

The Atlantis word processor is recommended (see Part I of this session, Launch With Your EBook). Whatever you decide to do, now is the right moment to do so. Complete as much meta data as is important for your book. The only thing you need is the book's cover and name.

The" Date of publication" box is set to today's date by default. Each date stored in it may cause your e-pub to not pass the e-pub test. "```Page Image`` says (None). Then click on the down arrows, then "Load from file". "Search for your . Click on the JPG picture and double-click on it. If you click on "Save" you have a working eBub!

At the top of the page, click on "Publish". The Publish Your Book page is all in one place, on a long scrollable display, unlike the three KDPs. "Subtitle and Synopsis" -- your Subtitle, verify " for immediate release", add your "long description" and "short description" and select your lang.

"Pricelist " -- Your catalogue trophy. This should be the same as your KDP e-book listing prices. "Sample " - This is how many of the book reader on can see a sneak peak. Righteousness to your purchaser! "TAGES " -- Your key words here. "E-book formats" - everything verified. As you upload an ePub document, it will not be formatted to one of these anyhow.

After publishing your copy of your copy of MS Word, you can come back and upload your MS Word documents to convert them to the following format. However, my personal experiences show that nothing beyond the eBub is really important. It is only the eBub that is sold to external merchants. HINT: I do NOT suggest to upload your MS Word files to Smashwords and have your mincer (they actually called it that) build your eBub.

So if they could make proper ePubs, why would they give you the chance to post your own? "COVERIMAGE" - Browse to your . The JPG picture. "Choose the book to be published " - Browse and load the ePub files you just made. "?-?Agree, of course. Soon you will have a page on Smashwords for your book, and it will now appear on your instrument panel.

We will list your book. When you have finished this procedure, the "premium status" on your eshboard changes to "submitted for review". "Your data is scanned to make sure your public is compliant with iBooks and that your artwork is large enough. and your ad is on its way to Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baker & Taylor's Blio. com and the Aldiko e-reading application for Android.

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