E-Books are incredibly popular with the mainstream use of devices like Kindle and iPad, and the general tendency of people to get their information online rather than at the library. If you’ve always wanted to write a book or have already and now wish to sell it, going the e-book route is worth considering. You don’t have to worry about getting a book deal. Self-publishing and distributing your book will be much easier for an electronic version.
If you want to publish your e-book, it is a fairly simple process that is only complicated by all the different options that exist for creating and distributing it. Here is a quick guide for how to publish your e-book.
You can’t sell any e-book without any content, so first write your book! You can do this in any format you want, even just using Microsoft Word. Writing a good book that people want to purchase, read, and share with their friends is the most important part. Also write any front and back matter, such as the title page, copyright page, dedication, index, and appendices. You should also draft a summary of your book that will describe it to potential buyers. Do a quality check via human editing or using web tools such as a grammar checker.
Create a Cover
Even though above we claimed the writing is the most important part that distinction might actually go to the cover, fair or not. You will need to create a cover for your e-book, and it is the first thing people will see and often the way they judge if it warrants a second look or a purchase. Make sure your cover looks professionally done. If you need to, outsource the job. If you pay someone else to do only one thing for your e-book, get a good cover.
You want to price your own e-book, so don’t publish it with a company that will take control of pricing. Give your e-book a low price so that more people want to buy it. If you price it too high, not enough people will buy it, and you will have made more money at a lower price, anyway. The most e-books that sell are priced between $0.99 and $2.99.
After you’ve created the stellar content and cover and decided your price, you will need to format your book so that it is ready for the e-shelves. There are many different software options to choose from, such as the Mobipocket eBook Creator or Calibre. You will also have to choose a company to publish your e-book with, and many of those options have their own formatting software and tools for you to use. Smashwords is one. You can also hire someone to do this for you if you don’t want to do it on your own.
The tricky part to publishing your e-book is choosing a publisher that will distribute your ebook to all the necessary platforms, like Amazon, the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, iBooks, and more. There are many different publishers, like Smashwords, Lulu, and FastPencil, to name a few. Every site is going to have different terms and want a different cut, and you have to go with whatever site you think will be best for marketing your ebook while also making you the most money. You could also use Amazon’s Digital Text Platform and manage your ebook yourself on for sale on Amazon (though Amazon will also take a cut), and choose to go with another publisher for other markets if you want. Many sites will offer other packages and services, such as consultants that will help you with your book. Do your research and pick what is the best fit for you.