Self-Publish an EBook
You work hard in writing your content and want to self-publish it so that you are sure the publication is done properly and on the desired platforms as well. There are different steps that you need to follow in order to self-publish an ebook.
EBook Cover along with the Images if needed
- The first thing that distinguishes an EBook from a normal book is that there is no printing and shipping cost. Any author can write their stuff and upload it on different platforms to sell with no extra charge, however, the sites ask for a share in the selling price.
- You have a control on when and how readers can buy your book. There is a scale of 4-24 hrs wherein an author or a self-publisher has to decide when to place their book for sale. If it’s just 4 hrs and you just started your day in the office then you even start earning after lunch.
- EBook has a low entry cost: You need not pay for the actual publication, however, an upfront editing and cover image may cost you something, though, it’s not a bad deal as the quantity of the EBooks sold compensates the same.
How to format an EBook?
You need to format your EBook in one of the compatible formats so that it can be published on an online platform.
Mobi for Amazon
EPUB for other platforms
Self Formatting: You can format your content easily if it contains text only and there are no complex images.
Outsource: You need to outsource this task to an EBook outsourcing company to get the complications handled.
The best thing of keeping the publication in your hands is whenever you fix issues in your EBook or update the content in there then you can upload the new one yourself without asking and paying for the publication again.
If you have a lot of images in your content or complicated tables, equations etc then that will make your EBook large in size and on Amazon you may need to pay the delivery cost for that as well. So it’s better to keep the links of all the images in an EBook and the real images on the corresponding website.
- The next plan is whether you want to self-publish an EBook exclusively on Amazon or other platforms.
Amazon KDP offers KDP Select that an author can opt for 90 days wherein your EBooks will get included in Kindle Unlimited only for Amazon Prime Members. This is the platform where the EBooks are also borrowed by the readers instead of buying them and the payout is calculated on the number of pages one reads.
- Where to self-publish an EBook?
Each platform has its pros and cons so it’s an author’s choice which one to go for.
Self Publishing sites:
Kobo Writing Life
iTunes Connect and iTunes Producer for iBooks
- What do you need to self-publish an EBook?
There is a lot of information you need to self-publish an EBook, we have tried defining those above:
Book Name/Title: Relevant title with keywords that reflects the content written inside an EBook.
Sub-title: It’s an optional field and can be filled using keywords if needed.
Series Title & Volume: Series is like a group or a category in which an EBook needs to be placed so that it gets connected with the other similar content at the end of their own content.
Edition Number: Need to change the editions if you are upgrading your EBook frequently.
Publisher: If you want you can fill in the company name or leave it blank because anyhow the search is not made on the publisher.
Description: This is the sales description that needs to be included.
Book Contributors: You need to list the name of the people who all contributed in writing a particular EBook. It could be an author, editor, translator or a co-author.
Language: You can publish your EBook in English or any other native language as well.
ISBN: International standard book number can be used to distinguish your EBook from others or can be left blank.
Publishing Rights: You can either publish a public domain EBook which has no copyright restriction, however, the official version will be better sold and available. For your own written content, you can choose “Not a public domain EBook, I hold the necessary publishing rights”.
Categories: You need to select the categories based on the content type.
Age Range: Optional but important to signify the content level.
Keywords: You need to think about it for a long time as these are the targeted words that visitors use to search for an EBook.
Book Release Option: This depends on the author if he/she wants to sell their book then and there or need to place them for a pre-order so that the reader reserves the next edition of an EBook before the previous content is completed read.
Book Cover: An HD EBook cover with an image if necessary to express the feeling of your content.
Upload: Now you have to decide based on the EBook format where to upload the file. If it’s a Mobi one then needs to go to Amazon else to other platforms.
DRM: Digital rights management is how to permanently connect an EBook with its format. It’s like a Mobi EBook can only be opened on Kindle devices however it’s better not to lock your EBook as it gives the freedom to your reader to open an EBook on any device instead of forcing them to buy a new compatible device.
“Do not enable digital rights management.”
Preview your EBook: See how your EBook works on different platforms and devices before placing them on the shelves for selling them.
Publication Territory Verification: You can either self-publish under your own rights Worldwide or select a publisher in a specific country.
Pricing: You need to really think about it as far as Amazon is concerned because they charge the delivery charges based on the file size and also the royalty thing. They ask for their part of each sale made so beware about it.
You can reach us in case you want us to help you in your publication. We provide publication consultancy service wherein helps all the authors and writers publish their content online on varied platforms.