The online publishing universe can be overwhelming if you’re not properly prepared
This article will provide you with a list you need to have ready before climactically hitting the button that will upload your ebook – finally! – into the world of online publishing. (I’d recommend getting your ebook formatting and conversions out the way before you get stuck into this stuff.)
1. Author Biography.
You’ll need one of these to put on your Amazon Kindle Author Page (in Author Central). This is how readers will learn a bit about who they’re about to read. My advice is that you keep it relatively short and to the point. Of course, you should use your Continue reading
Conversion is a very important – yet often confusing – part of ebook publishing
This part of my ebook publishing guide focuses on getting your work from Word to its final state as a Kindle e-reader file. If you aren’t at this stage and would like some advice on how to get here, please check out the last few posts below which run through the Ebook Publishing Formatting process.
I’ll be showing you how to create the two most common types of e-reader files, being mobi (for Kindle) and epub (for almost every other e-reading device, such as Sony Reader and Nook). If you want to convert your book into a different file than these, then it can be simply done once you have the gist of how the process works.
The three ingredients you firstly need are:
Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – so I wrote this guide to make things nice and easy
Right, so I’ve already covered ebook text formatting and paragraphing, among a few other things, in the previous Kindle Publishing Formatting Part 1 article. If you haven’t yet consumed it and would like to catch up, just click the link.
The first thing I’m going to talk about is Page Breaks. If you’ve already added them to your document, scroll down to the Table of Contents (TOC) section. Page Breaks are absolutely essential to have included in your book if you want it to appear as professional as possible. But why are they necessary?
They’re necessary because without them Kindle e-reading devices will not place each chapter at the top of a fresh page. There is no law, of course, against not having Page Breaks. But without them, your book will be Continue reading
Kindle publishing formatting can be a nightmare – that’s why I wrote this ultra-simple guide
OK, so here goes the ebook formatting section of the Kindle publishing guide I’m currently blogging.
By this stage your book should be completely up together, meaning your final draft is completed, coupled with Front and Back Matter. This next level can be a little tricky, I must warn. But persevere and you will get through it. I’ll quickly mention that I’ve never claimed to be any kind of computer wiz or genius – because, well…I’m not. However, through my own ebook formatting journey I was able to find ways of getting my manuscript up together and to the stage where it could be converted to a Kindle e-reader file.
I don’t know whether my ways are the best and fastest. All I can say is that they worked for me, and that said, logic surely states they should work for you also. I used Word Continue reading
Front & Back Matter should never be overlooked in self-publishing
So you’re all set and ready to start some ebook formatting? You’re finally at the stage where you can stop thinking about writing for a while and concentrate more on getting your work out there.
Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back. In fact, invite the whole street round to pat you on the back – you deserve it. But before you go any further with your self-publishing, ask yourself this: Have I added Front and Back Matter?
I must confess that after having meticulously proof-read and re-drafted my own book over and over, to being less than enthusiastic about writing up yet more Continue reading
Hopefully sharing my self-publishing experiences will help other new authors
This week I’ve finally reached the conclusion that I’m going to have to start writing up some articles on the self-publishing process. This is because I simply don’t have the time to answer everyone’s emails about ebook formatting, conversion, marketing, and so forth.