This post is a continuation of Make Money Writing eBooks. Writing eBooks for a living is more simple than you thought. To start writing, establish a few things.
- What is the purpose of writing an eBook?
- Who is your audience and what kind of information is your audience looking for?
A good eBook must address one of the 3 key things:
- Solve a problem
- Address a fear or a concern
- Satisfy people’s curiosity about a certain subject or debate.
To remain focused you need a plan of action. A Mind Map is a great tool you can also use for planning and organising your writing.
Another essential tool you can’t start writing your eBook without is a website. Find a platform or a website where you will self-publish your eBook.
Finding an online platform is something you should prioritise. The reason is different websites use different in-house guidelines for authors to self publish their eBooks.
The websites you are going to use, have resources and tools which are left at the authors’ disposal so that they can use them to self-publish.
As an author, you can publish on Lulu online platform. You will go through a process to self-publish your eBook. The same applies to the Amazon website.
What It Feels Like Self-Publishing With Lulu Company
Lulu offers a publishing platform that gives you access to its resources you can take advantage of.
- eBook Creator Guide
- Lulu EPUB converter
Publishing your eBook on Lulu platform is simple than you think.
Lulu has some really useful tools to guide you all the way step by step. With the use of such resources, authors can turn their manuscripts into eBooks in a matter of a few minutes.
The Complete eBook Creator Guide is one of the key resources that authors are free to download at no cost. This guide will make a seemingly difficult task so simple.
What Is In The Guide?
The guide includes everything an author needs to know about writing an eBook and getting self-published. This includes some hints and tips around formatting the manuscripts.
Is Formatting Necessary?
This is very important for making your manuscript suitable for conversion into an eBook.
As an author, to make the most of the Complete eBook Creator Guide, you must familiarize yourself first with Lulu’s in-house style.
This will make your manuscript ready for conversion into the EPUB formats.
First, you must complete the process for editing your manuscript before you make any attempt to upload it onto the Lulu EPUB converter.
Once the manuscript has been converted to an EPUB, it becomes available to all eReaders and tablets.
eBook Writing Style
Most eBook publishers expect authors to use simple styles for writing their manuscript. The simpler the formatting, the better the eBook looks on an eReader device.
What Should eBook Content Contain?
An eBook content must carry an introduction, body (comprised of chapters) and a conclusion.
Formatting your Word document or Rich Text file correctly is as important as using good grammar.
In terms of fonts, simple fonts are the most preferred. The likes of Arial or New Times Roman, ideal for easy conversion.
Also, using simple headings such as Heading 1, Heading 2 and Heading 3 is highly recommended.
Websites That Promote eBook Self-Publishing
- Lulu – Online self-publishing
- Amazon KPD
- Nook press
- iTunes Connect and iTunes Producer for iBooks
- Kobo Writing Life
I self-published my eBook, The Fight of Low Self Esteem on the Amazon KPD platform.
I found the process quick and easy to follow because Amazon has guidelines and instructions that authors can use.
Publishing with Amazon KPD
There is one more thing you need to remember! After you have written all your fictional novel chapters and after you’ve self-published your eBook on Amazon KDP, you can also publish it in a paperback version.
How to Get Started at Amazon?
You properly get started by making the necessary preparations.
- Get your manuscript ready for publishing by revising your eBook content. Do some proofreading to spot any grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
I’ve discovered that after working on a document for a while, you end up not picking-up any mistakes. Even if mistakes will still be found in the manuscript.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, to solve the problem you can outsource proofreading support.
- Prepare your eBook Cover. There are two ways of doing this.
You are free to design your cover or to use a cover that has already been designed available on the Amazon platform.
How Do I Design My Cover?
To design your cover, one option is to use the KDP Cover Creator. And you are also free to use an image of your choice.
Alternatively, you can choose a cover from Amazon’s already made covers that you can find on Amazon Cover Creator.
If you prefer to do your cover elsewhere, you are free to design it at a different website. For example, you can do it at Canva. Afterwards, you can upload your cover on the Amazon platform.
Manuscript and Cover Tools
When you have completed all the preliminary steps, you are now ready to proceed and upload your manuscript. Don’t forget to upload the cover as well. It this will transform your manuscript into a formatted Kindle eBook.
Editing and Previewing
To make sure everything is in place, take a preview of your manuscript. Edit it if necessary.
Kindle eBook Details
Before you hit the publishing button, there is something you need to attend to. You need to complete a certain section with specific information for your eBook. Information to include covers the eBook Title, Brief Description, Keywords, Category etc.
This is the process you go through to self-publish your eBook with Kindle Direct free of charge. The amazing thing is your eBook immediately reaches millions of readers on Amazon.
Publishing Your Paperback
If you decide to have a paperback version of your eBook, you are free to publish it on the same Amazon platform.
Marketing Your eBook
Amazon has various ways and systems in place to help authors market their eBooks. If your budget doesn’t allow you, there is an alternative method. You use Amazon’s Free Promotions to market your ebook.
Promoting your eBook through a third-party website is another way. However, you need to make sure the third-party sticks to Amazon’s agreed terms and conditions.
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