Now a days publishing a book doesn’t have to be a pain in the rear. More importantly you can publish a book all by yourself and it doesn’t have to cost you a thing. There are many different routes you can take when it comes to self-publishing. The route I took was ebooks and I will show you in this blog post just how easy it is to publish your own ebook and distribute it.
1) The first step to publishing your own book is to of course edit your manuscript just one last time before you even think about finding an ebook distributor. I can’t tell you just how many self-published books I have read that not only contain poor grammar and bad sentence structure, but inconsistencies in the storyline. Make sure you make that final manuscript so polished it sparkles!
2) Okay, so you have a polished manuscript now. You need a distributor. Just head to Google and perform your search for independent book distributors or go to your favorite virtual writers’ hangout and ask around. When looking for a distributor always remember that they should not charge you any fees. Sure they will take a commission from your book’s sales, but that is all they should take from you! You need to look at where your book will end up, how their commission system works, how they track book performance, if they have ways to help market your book and the requirements to create books with them. I have found that Smashwords, Amazon and Google Books are the best and very helpful when it comes to their customer service.
3) This step is the fun part, at least for me when publishing a book, which is formatting and cover art creation. Make sure you follow the formatting requirements of each distributor you use to the letter. Even when creating cover art a distributor will want it to be a certain resolution and read a certain way. If you need help creating cover art or even formatting your book you can hire help, but if you want to keep it free like me, there is plenty of free software that will help you create cover art and there are tons of free reading materials on proper ebook formatting for each major ebook distributor that is on the web.
4) You reached step four and now have an ebook! Now it is time to use the distributor’s website to set who you want them to distribute your book to and how much you want your book to cost. The distribution menus of Smashwords and Amazon are very easy to use. Plus Smashwords allows you to send your book to multiple online stores at ones such as Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and Kobo. Google Books can be confusing for some people, but they have great customer service and their forum is very informative.
You have published a book on your very own. It wasn’t so bad was it? Below are the links to my books through Smashwords, Amazon and Google Books (proof that I do use these guys after all). If you have any questions feel free to contact me through this blog.