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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 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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Goodreads Giveaway

Posted by IrumZahra Nov 11, 2015

Here is your chance to get Goodreads Poetry Semi Finalist book "Psychaotic'

 

 

A divine combination of Gothic and free verse Poetry and passages.

Here is what you have to do!

 


Vote for the Book on Goodreads Poetry section, and inbox the author with your email address!

 

 

You'll get an ebook in your email ASAP!

 

 

AAAAANNNNDD! If you win the giveaway, You'll get:

1. A signed Copy of Psychaotic

2. Beautiful Hand made Bookmark

3. A beautiful Keychain

 

 

Here is the giveaway link:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23678552-psychaotic


Email for more info : irumzahraofficial@gmail.com

Twitter: @IrumZahraWriter

Instagram: irum.zahra

Tumblr: irumzahrawriter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeyondTheEdgeOfSanity

Wordpress: irumzahra.wordpress.com

Blogspot: irumzahra.blogspot.com


Good Luck!

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Beyond Sanity Publishing

Posted by IrumZahra Nov 9, 2015
Hey There!

 

I am Irum Zahra and I am proud to introduce myself as a person who depends on words to define feelings.


I really want to stay updated and connect with readers and writers here in Pakistan.

My first book, Psychaotic has sold over 500 copies worldwide and over 1000 ebook formats.

I am currently running a publishing company by the name of 'Beyond Sanity Publishing'
which is now accepting submissions for all genres. I have currently 6 projects up and running and I will sign 6 more writers in January.
I am looking for writers who are are searching for guidance and recognition.
My publishing company is presently providing Proofreading, editing, Formatting, Ebook conversion, ISBN allotment, Copyright, Reviews, Book photography, Paperback printing, Cover design and much more.

To know more, follow, irumzahra.wordpress.com

Here is my email:
irumzahraofficial@gmail.com

I am HERE for ALL writers. Please let me know if you or someone you know needs a publisher who ca understand and guide instead of Exploiting the writer.

Cheers!

 

Me?
I love music, it is the cure to all frustrations. I primarily love rockand metal music but I tend to deviate often to orchestra and Alternative rock.
There are three things I love the most in the world:
Rain, Books and Coffee.So the best time for me to review YOUR book would be winters.        logo(Summers are cool too! ADD tea in it)


There is never enough detail you can know about a person.
Read more of their work, and you’ll know more about them.

 

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Twitter:

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Instagram:

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"And then, I have nature and art and poetry and if that is not enough, what is enough?"

-Van Gogh

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World eyes

Posted by zjhellen Oct 10, 2015

Sunshine lights the whole world, flowers show a colorful world......It's FREE now. #freebook #reading #publishing

 

http://www.amazon.com/Vivid-World-Beginning-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00W3TSNJG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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What an exciting opportunity!

I'm am pleased to present my third Christian book, Extravagant Love, Cultivating a Heart of Worship. I've had a small number of views this morning, and am interested in marketing ideas.

If you know of good possible, even probable ways to market this work, I'd love your input. Let me know of your own books if they are marketing related. You input is appreciated.

My Preview website is: www.createspace.com/Preview/1155278/. Please take a look if you'd like. Your posted comments and review ratings are also very welcome.

Constructive criticism is also welcome.

Thanks, Marci

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99 Ways To Climax

Posted by LadyFickle Sep 12, 2015

I just published my first book on Kindle.

It's a draft.

It is in promotion - for free.

 

This book is a collection of fantasies, which resonate with what I consider to be sound human sexuality. It’s the stories of my heart.

Please check it if you love erotica!

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0155PJNHA

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Preview My Book

Posted by Maluth Jul 28, 2015

Dear fellow indie authors. I would like to ask for help from anyone willing to review my new book. This book is scheduled to be released on Amazon about two weeks from now. But, before I make a print version of it with CS, I would love to know what others say about it. The link to the preview is:

https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1174482

 

 

John Monyjok Maluth

 

Discipleship Press

 

Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon Books | Smashwords Books | Affiliate

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My Book Trailer!

Posted by JessLee Oct 9, 2014

Here is the link to my book trailer - I hope you enjoy it! ANd please, spread it around!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=s14Q9-VNxvA

 

Jessica

The Last Daughter of Lilith

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What an exciting opportunity!

I'm pleased to present my third Christian book, Extravagant Love, Cultivating a Heart of Worship.

If you have ideas for marketing this book, they would be greatly appreciated. Please leave a link to your book if it is marketing related. Internet marketing especially. My entire book will not be posted or sold for a few more months (I must complete links first).

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions. I'd also LOVE a review or two. My Preview is at: http://www.createspace.com/Preview/1155278.

Thanks,

Marci

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Here it is thanks so much

 

 

http://youtu.be/Lzj8eZ3vP7Y

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You like Drama,action romance? how about Superheros , real heros?

My book "A hero in black and white" is a full colored graphic novel story

featuring all you like in a good blockbuster superhero movie ! "Action.romance drama ,"Horror"?

yes some horror too, 7 yrs in the making and inspired by true life events ,This story IS

packed with drama featuring,lost love ,survival struggles,crime,demonic possesions,realizing

dreams,faith,action,explosions,a messed up villain ,activism,terrorism,celebrity cameos ?

 

you should not miss out buy it now on amazon.compg_208_.jpg!
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Find Your Niche

Posted by ShellieJ Jan 17, 2014

Finding your niche isn't so easy at first when it comes down to self publishing your first book.

When I first started out I knew what I was getting into though had a hard time finding my niche, in the back my mind I knew but didn't until

I met some helpful, loyal, supportive people through Google+. I highly recommend G+ when it comes to social media marketing and networking.

Find the community or communities that you feel most comfortable with communicate and connect, the key to success is how you communicate with others on any social media platform whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google, G+. You don't need all of them, though it's helpful to be diverse when it comes to marketing your book or books,especially in today's growing social media outlet. For many new self published authors are sticking to only one social media site or page, be diverse, expand and think outside the box and throw caution to the wind. Take a risk it will help you find your niche in the long run. You either keep yourself behind to fail or move on to move mountains. It takes the community to rally behind one another, support and encourage.

How you are you marketing your books in social media?

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