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For a long time, self-publishing was a hidden gem in the publishing industry.

 

But recently it has grown in popularity and has become a standard solution for many writers with publishing aspirations. Now, just about anybody, if they are driven and put in the work, has the opportunity to publish a book.

 

 

With this path becoming increasingly popular, more and more writers are wondering, ?How do you self-publish?? This blog aims to answer that question.

 

 

Here's your 10-minute guide to self-publishing

 

 

Edit Your Book

Your book is written, and it's time to take the next steps! In my opinion, the first step should be getting your book edited so you can finalize your manuscript. Before you publish your book, it is absolutely crucial to have your work professionally edited. Not just by your neighbor down the street who once taught English, but actually by a professional editor. Writing mistakes happen to the best of us, and you want to make sure you spot them before your readers do.

 

A book with mistakes, even if it's just a few, reflects poorly on the author. It can cause a poor review or prevent the reader from picking up other work from the author. Getting your work edited is essential. I know it can be scary to have your work critiqued, but the editor is not there to destroy your work, they are trying to help you! Trust me; it's well worth it. Even the best writers need an editor.

 

Create a Cover Design

We all know the saying, Don't judge a book by its cover, but the reality is that everyone does. The cover is what people first see when they are introduced to your book, so you need a killer cover to capture the reader's attention. Use colors, shapes, patterns, images, fonts, and other design aspects to visually portray the message of your book.

 

Keep in mind that for any images you use, you will need to obtain the rights for the photo. To use a picture from a professional photographer, you will need to purchase the rights to the image from them. There are also stock image sites like Adobe Stock andShutterstock that allow you to buy the rights to their images. And Pixabay has a large selection of stock images for free!

 

Register for an ISBN

ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a unique identification code for books and related products all over the world. Essentially it?s the social security number for books.

 

An ISBN must be assigned for each book format. So, if you have an eBook, a paperback, and a hardcover, you will need three different ISBNs. This will help you analyze the sales numbers to distinguish which products are performing best.

 

When you self-publish, you'?ll be required to purchase your ISBN and eBooks2go offers them for $29.99 per format.

 

Produce eBooks

After you prepare your book, it's time to produce it! An eBook conversion is an indie author?s best friend because it offers a cheap, simple, and flexible way to reach readers worldwide. The eBook conversion process requires you to convert your manuscript file into a format accepted by eReading devices so it can be properly displayed and easily read. There are two types of eBook files: Mobi and ePUB.

 

The Mobi file is used exclusively by Amazon Kindle devices, while the ePUB file is compatible with all other eReading devices. So, for someone to read your book on an Amazon Kindle, you?ll need a Mobi file. For someone to read it on other eReaders such as an iPad or Android device, you?ll need an ePUB file. 

 

Fortunately, you aren?t limited to choosing just one eBook file format. By using both an ePUB and Mobi eBook conversion, you can reach more readers in a cost-efficient manner.  

 

Print Books

With print books continuing to be the more popular choice for readers, it is essential for authors to offer their book in print alongside their eBook. Digital printing, often referred to as print-on-demand or POD, makes it possible for self-published authors to sell print books. Before print-on-demand, authors were forced to use something called offset printing to order large print runs, store the books themselves, and then distribute the books as they were sold. Now, with POD, a book is printed after it?s purchased.  This is ideal for new authors who can?t yet make an accurate projection of sales.

 

Offset printing is still a viable option for large print runs, but it comes with high initial costs, and most would only recommend it with high sales projections. New authors are typically better off using digital printing because you don?t have to pay up-front for books that may or may not sell. Here?s how print-on-demand works:

 

An order is placed for your book.

The retailer where the book was purchased notifies the printer.

The book is printed.

The book is delivered to the customer.

 

To offer print books using the print-on-demand process, you?ll need a POD distributor. They will print and distribute your books after a reader places an order across the various distribution outlets. With help from our printing partners, eBooks2go offers full POD services to fulfill all your publishing needs.

 

Price Your Book

With self-publishing, you maintain control over pricing your book. You get to decide just how much your book is worth. You?ll want to search through different online retailers to find books somewhat similar to yours. This will help you understand the industry price standard for books like yours so that you can set a fair price for yours.

 

 

Many new authors who do not yet have a recognizable name or credibility in the industry will initially price their book a little lower than the industry standard to encourage sales and create more readership that can then generate a word-of-mouth movement.

 

 

Also, note that eBooks are usually priced lower than print books due to the cost of printing.

 

Fill Out Your Book?s Metadata

Have you ever wondered how a reader finds a book online Simply put, it's with the help of metadata. Metadata is the information web pages and search engines use to differentiate one book from the next. It consists of details such as your book's title, ISBN, keywords, genre, and description, as well as your author name and bio. Metadata is very important in the online book world, but it?s rarely understood. Get an in-depth understanding of exactly what book metadata is with one of our past blog posts.

 

 

Since there is no physical product in an online bookstore, book metadata serves as the descriptor to help readers find the right book and determine if it is, in fact, a book they'd be interested in reading. Find out how to optimize your book metadata to maximize reader discovery.

 

 

Distribute Your Book 

 

Now you?re ready to sell your book! You want to go where the readers are, so get your book into as many online stores and libraries as possible. You have two options for distribution: distribute directly with a retailer, or partner with a distributor.

 

When you distribute directly with a retailer, you remove any need for a third party. Since there is one less party to split the earnings with you likely will receive higher royalty payments. However, this likely will limit where your book is distributed. Each reader has a preference for where they buy books. They don?t all use Amazon or Barnes & Noble, so you want your book to be wherever the reader could potentially be.

 

Using a partner to distribute your book allows you to access their network of retailers. For example, eBooks2go has partnerships in place with online retailers and libraries like Apple iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Kobo?, Baker & Taylor, and hoopla which would then become accessible to you.

 

Receive Royalty Payments

 

Once you distribute your book, you can start making money! Every time your book sells, you receive a royalty payment. Here?s how it works: The retailer that sells the book takes a cut of the money. The distributor, if used, takes a cut of the money (eBooks2go receives 10 percent). Finally, you receive the rest!

 

 

Each retailer has different agreements with their authors for how much they take for each sale, but you can typically expect to receive anywhere from 40 to 70 percent. As opposed to if you went the traditional publishing route, you'd only make about 5 to 15 percent in royalties.

 

Promote Your Book

 

Promotion is the step many self-published authors forget or don't take into account. The end goal for every author is to sell books, but you can't sell books without marketing. Book sales don't just happen; you have to make them happen! Start with friends and family and continuously expand your fans from there.

 

Book marketing is a process that takes times, consistency, strategy, adjustments, and patience. You won't just magically have a bestseller all of a sudden. That happens through the work you put in through a variety of tactics and strategies such as social media, blogging, email marketing, book signings, speaking events, and more. Learn all about the book marketing process to sell as many books as possible!

 


Self-Publishing Guide

 

The reality is, even though it?s called self-publishing, you can?t do it all on your own. If you do self-publishing right, it can be very demanding but also incredibly rewarding. Don?t be afraid to reach out to people for help, whether it?s us at eBooks2go, who has a passion for helping writers achieve their dreams, or it?s your best friend who?s an artist and can help design your book cover. Create that support team around you who can help you whenever you hit a new roadblock!

 

 

-mary

Book publisher

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My Book on Christmas Traditions!

Posted by MikeF Dec 8, 2017

The Christmas tradition! Facts, traditions, and customs about the Annunciation, the Nativity, Christmas Day, Christmas decorations, Christmas songs and performances, the Christmas tree, St. Nicholas, Christmas cards, Christmas meals, and much more!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01979RHTQ

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I figured out how much a book cost on createspace and it came out to be $6.45 including color.  I put the book through and now I can't ask for any less then $10.20 Why?

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New poetry book

Posted by Writer2016 Aug 11, 2017

Check out The Power if Words and Emotionally Challenged.  Great poetry books. Available on kindle, barnes and noble.com, and here createspace.  Very deep poems. I speak from experience only and will have you wanting more.

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LADY LAUGHING

 

The cover of this book is perhaps more important than the content itself. This is because sometimes people just pass over a book with an ugly cover without caring about the content because it looks so banal and unappealing that nobody wants to waste their time reading a snooze-fest in today's day and age. It is often said "Don't judge a book by its cover, " but that's what we actually do most of the time. Before we buy a book and read it, we first get the information about it through a cover and the brief at the end of the book. When walking around in a bookstore, searching for a good read, most of us pay more attention to the book's cover. Below are few things I like about the “Lady Laughing” book cover;

Bold and Readable Author’s Name and Title

 

The author’s name is bold and readable, as this will catch a buyer’s attention from far away. The title is likewise impressive and eye catching. This is a good general rule for most book covers. This is especially important if you ever plan on having your book on the shelf of a bookstore. The cover is also recognizable as a thumbnail picture.

 

The Designer Understood the Book

 

A script cover designer really did understand the book as this actually helped him to make that important and interesting cover. The book cover design made the right sense as it doesn’t look like a book cover design that will mislead we readers by mysterious and unfathomable design. The theme and characters of the design matched my expectation.

 

The Message was Passed Across More Effectively

 

If the book cover is loaded with details and pictures, the target audience might not be able to know what you are trying to convey and might even find the title of the book hard to read from a distance and so might just lose interest and move on. However, this book cover design isn’t loaded with pictures and details, and I found the title and author’s name very easy to locate and read. This is the reason many books cover nowadays follow a minimalist approach as it is easier for a person to read the title and also get to know the theme of the book.

 

I believe both the author and the book cover designer did work together in creating this great book having an excellent cover. Below is a link to check out for book cover design tips and ideas. http://goodbookstoday.com/bookclub/authors-corner/book-cover-design-tips-and-ideas/

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Marketing

Posted by Ngwele Apr 30, 2017

I am in the process of finishing a book.  Since it is a religious book about missionaries in North Korea 1920-1945, I know it may not be a "best seller."  Are there any of you who have suggestions as to the best way to get the information out to the public? Thanks

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Review for Review ?

Posted by Mamamia1009 Jan 5, 2017

I would love to hear some feedback from strangers. In return I'll give you a review! My novel is Adult and erotica. Go check it out here https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1208007

 

Leave yours link and I will do the same. Reviews are very important in marketing so lets help one another.

 

Thank you

M.Saez

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I did not do this one through CreateSpace, because of the complication with illustrations; but my other ones are, so I thought I would post this here:

 

This is amazing!  My book is listed under BASICALLY EVERY CATEGORY on Amazon!!!!  It shows up under:  Home & Kitchen, Beauty & Personal Care, Health, Household  Baby Care, Books, Automotive Parts & Accessories?, Everything Else (literally a category), Industrial & Scientific, Kindle Store, and Pet Supplies!  Haha… that’s so great!  EXPOSURE.

 

My publisher loved this book!

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=this+is+the+way+I+brush+my+teeth&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athis+is+the+way+I+brush+my+teeth

 

This is a 32-page, fully-illustrated (in color) children's storybook that teaches children the techniques to proper tooth brushing; written in rhyme to enhance memorization, this fun-to-read book will entice your child to brush his or her teeth and will build great oral hygiene habits that will last them a lifetime!

 

Dennel B. Tyon - Author/ Editor/ Illustrator  https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/111043002467256144675/albums/6346711619731729025

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I write this “Text Book” as a Layman’s Historical view of our distant Constitution.  I did it for those who want to become Americanized as Americans and then Citizens perhaps.  I know, to make this work, we need to restore the framework the Founders originally laid out.  They formed a Government into a single Confederation of States & an overlapping Federal Government: Both occupying, the same space.  One must remember, these Founders; a hundred or more-strong acquiesced to a simple principle: [These original thirteen (13) Governors, did then and still do now; hold the pinnacle of power:  They would never be asked to surrender it.]

 

      

 

I expanded my research to make sure I was correctly explaining the inner workings of the Constitution - What I found, reading the Federalist Papers, as you will see; is devastating!  We have been smothered it, with Ancient Socialisms.   Idealistic ‘crap’ [I need to find a better word here?]  They have molded us to follow a different path; one of self-destruction using the old Socialistic dogma; that kills every one’s initiative to help others.   Dictatorial Democracies Universal Tragedies all over again, one that no Government has ever survived.  We are a “Socialized Democratic Dictatorship.”  Look to the one most recent, that collapsed in its own waste; as Adolph Hitler took over Germany in the 1930’s.  Do you remember; my family certainly does?  I write this book because no one today, seems to care!  We need to replace all these Imposing Treasonous Characters, just to survive!  Returning to what the Governors, envisioned.  

 

 

(1) Federal spending for Defense 'MUST be' at least 50% of all Federal Revenues Collected.  Both the People and the Supreme Court ignore this charge today!  The original 13 States of the Continental Congress of 1786 demanded; (It was a Deal Breaker for approving the Constitution.)  The method chosen to raise the funds … they insisted on “taxing consumables” all of this is written into the legers of the time.  The Order was issued to the writers of the Constitution.  Don’t worry about funding, we have that covered.  50% of all monies collected, WILL be spent on protecting this Nation.  Defense first, and building a fundamental federal infrastructure of - Roads, Bridges, Dams, and our Capitol City.   They already authored a “Consumption Tax” to provide the funds to operate the new Government.  “How” was the only drawback.  They worked out the new Federal Government’s Cost; with “pen and paper “can you imagine that problem; without a computer. [In your dreams.] It was to be written down; in the Continental Congress’ Records.  It meant the “Federal Government” would be forever small.  How is this, ‘forever’ missed, I ask?      We recently spent over 40 million dollars to automate that original method, by converting the total problem into a National Sales Tax, that was devised to cover all the current problems of Taxation.   Our Governors today; need only, by a majority vote to order it implemented to replace the current IRS method of Taxing.  [April 16, of 2017 would be a good timed to start.         

 

 

[[[One of the four corners, a Safeguard in the Constitution, ignored]]]

 

 

(2) The Governor will select a State Legislator; to be State Ambassador to the new Federal Government.  They will bring real knowledge of State’s Problems right into Federal Government’s Floor.    They will be called “Senators” working for your State Governor’s as they are coached, to advise the new President!  This, a Republican method, gives the President real insight about the General Population’s concerns.  It also gives your Governor a direct path back to the Presidential Office.  It raises the honor of our Governors to an enormous positioning, in the world, and places them closer to the inter-workings with the Federal Government.  We need to do this!

 

 

Your Senators connection to the State and the Federal Government, was severed; with the passing of the “Fake” 17th Amendment, that did absolutely nothing.   Your Governors [and the State] are now alone, is out in the cold.  It was with deliberate intent, these elitist Socialists of the day, they having recently read Carl Marx’s book, the Communists Manifesto.  Hypnotized the people – Loudly shouting, “We are a Democracy” repeatedly.  My fellow Citizens we were never to be a Democracy then and we are not supposed to be a Democracy today!  We are a Compound Interwoven Republican Confederacy; offering Protections to our Sovereign States! 

 

 

How did they accomplish this grand invasion was quite simple; they needed only to Destroy one’s ability to find the truth.   President Lincoln knew!  He, in fact read the Federalists papers. They killed him and remover the Federalists Papers from site; it was that simple.    It was written, “how to do” in the socialists Bible.  [the Communist       

 

Manifesto, recently published at the time.]    “Do this, then sit back and wait:”

 

 

Reading the 17th Amendment stops nothing, it simply gives us a second way to select to Senators.  Go read it!  So! What happened with the Supreme Court this issue?  My guess, they were all out of town; and no one brought it to their attention.  They “assumed” since, no one brought it to their attention, they just let it lay.  Congress was furious with them; for not acting, I guess?  Congress then passed a LAW some place; one of those 2 AM, every one’s asleep law’s.   We will no longer follow the Constitution’s words in Article one (1) Section (3) to select the Senators.  We will follow the better Socialists way written in the 17th Amendment.    [That was the Supreme Court’s second bite at the “Apple” and they were again, out of town.]         

 

 

[[[Second corner, “Safeguard” was simply pirated away]]]

 

 

(3) Electors are not ‘rubber stamps’; they may select the candidates of their choice.  The ballots; secret and individually sealed, by States, allowing Electors to select both Presidents.  The Electoral College; NO ONE understands, the how and Why?   There are two groups of “Sovereigns” (that word no one likes) First group are your Governors.  You know that part!  The second group, you missed; because our Socialists Driven Government Schools have cleverly eliminated that means of discovery.   [They Assassinated a President and hid the Socialists Papers.]    The second group of Sovereigns are you!  Citizens of these United States.   BOTH groups have a certain degree of cause, selecting the Presidents.  The founders made this happen also.  This process has simply been ignored by the States.   “THEY ASSUMED” the law of the Constitution, giving the States the duty to draw the District Lines, also allowed them to dictate how these Electors should vote.  [A Treasonous Assumption!]  Your State’s involvement concerning the Election of our Presidents, ends by drawing that district line, period!   This is a FEDERAL DISTRICT business, by federal employees only.  

 

 

The FOUNDERS (and who are they) The Governors of our States, these 13 men, using their own common sense to have both Sovereign Groups have consideration in this selection process.   Hum; 13 of them and 3 million Citizens, to equate into a meaningful compromise.  The Federal Districts have one representative, and two Senators… So; the Electoral College will have one Elector from each Federal District and two from each Governors selection.  That will make a suitable assembly of Citizens that will select our Presidents.  We will call this group of Honored Citizens the Electoral College; as (non-paid) Federal Employee’s.  Their instructions about the methods to cast their ballots, will be a Federal Procedure.   They will be selected at the time of our Congressional General Elections.   The Elector name will be on the Ballots; who they will vote for…no one will know!   If they run for that office; we would suppose they would let the people know for whom they are leaning; NEVER for whom they vote.    These are Federal employees, one would assume the have the same protections as supplied a Federal Grand Juror.  With their Selection from the General Population in November, one from each District; and then two from the State Legislators, by the Governor (on that same day) leaves little doubt for subversion, collusion or whatever to intercede; there Vote in December.  They just cannot vote for a sitting, nor recent Sovereign Governor.                

 

   

 

[Today we can most efficiently; using GMT do that.]  The ballots are never to be opened until they all reach Washington.  It’s not a STATE [winner take all function!]  It is not even a State function at all.  It is a Federally controlled Republican District Process –protected by the Federal Militarized Government.   Totally Ignored as being overly complicated.  It bothers me; that the people we elect to run the Government, think this way.  When the complexity of these numbers carries over into a third digit; it boggles their minds.  It is no wonder a ‘trillion dollars’ is meaningless to them, today. 

 

 

[[[Third corner of the Constitution, a completed Safeguard]]]

 

 

(4) The Constitution is our Corporate Charter.  Our Governors are the "Board of Directors".   Their Leader, will First meet with them as the President of these United States

 

 

The leader, our President will first meet with the Governors to work out “their plan” about how we will work with the world, for the following 4 years.  That first meeting sets the rules.   Governors never knew (why not), no one studied the Federalist Papers, I guess.  The Executive Branch of our Government is in the second tier - down, period!  The President is not alone at the TOP, period!  He’s not even in the Top Tier!  No one ever knew, nor even cared.  It was a “safeguard” to stop a hallucinating, radical, indignant, dictatorial, un-American treasonous person, from ever becoming President of these United States.   When this first (Closed Assembly) meeting with our Governors and Presidents is over, the meeting of the Minds, the rules set for the next four years.  The agreement between the Governors and the President over. The celebration begins:  the President becomes the Chairman of the Board.

 

   

 

[[[Fourth corner, the Safeguards now complete.]]]

 

 

Our Supreme Court, for these last one hundred (+) years, has not intervened into these original concepts; WHY NOT, I ask the Court; have you never read the Federalist Papers?  Are you afraid the people will see your real Socialists trappings?  This all can be fixed in a week or two and if we pass the fair tax along the way; then stop talking of injudicious social issues, and concentrate on complex political factors strengthening our defenses here on earth and out into the vastness of our own space frontiers – then onto the more distant alien space issues.  

 

 

WAKE UP PEOPLE!  This will allow the States to be Independent States once again!

 

IF THE GOVERNOR’S WANT – THEY CAN FIX IT - IN A WEEK, OR TWO! 

 

IT WILL GET BUSINESS’ BACK TO WORK TODAY!   THAT Will MOVE THE ECONOMY FORWARD!

 

 

Businesses will be able to repatriate their funds stuck overseas because of our high Taxes.  2017 will be as prosperous as the end of WW-II; all over again!

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I invite you to read unedited version of thoughts and feellings of Larissa traveling back and forth through the loss

and suffering she faced losing those she loved. Larissa shares her jouney to help you heal and survive the grief and heart ache.

Larissa goes through the journey of past and present, you will see how her mind was able to help her work through the grieving process.

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Unbroken... I Am Still Standing

Posted by MeMe330 Nov 18, 2016

My book is about child molestation and abortion and living with Multiple Sclerosis. I take you on my life journey of hope, healing and forgiveness.

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. . . & given this new book by Mike Marn is presently ready to be shipped, I invited you to see excerpts at

packerjokes.com .....Given the "order book" tab is almost ready to take orders, please initially order through me, the publisher (Edelstein Productions, LLC)

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I am glad to inform you that my fourteen-year-old son, Michael Mboudjeka, has just published a novel title "The Autumn Things Went Crazy." You  can see  it here.

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Free promotion

Posted by odanamar Jul 27, 2016

Hello to all,

my new book of poems The Color Of Dreams

the poetry is love,

the poetry is sentiment,

the poetry is Ioneliness,

the poetry are dreams,

the poetry are the memories than always arrive to ours mind,

the poetry is the past than never I forget...

the family,

the friends,

the poetry are all those than we love.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H63ERAW

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