OK, so you’re ready to publish your eBook. You’ve checked it for grammatical and spelling errors and had it looked at by a professional editor, right? Please say yes. I can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your masterpiece is perfect and ready for the world to see, before having it published.
Having someone looking at your work doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find editors on the internet with very reasonable rates. I’ve used Sarah Barbour and was very satisfied with her service. Take a look at her definitions of her services and what she charges on her website: AeroplaneMedia.
Here are my 5 Tips for Publishing your eBook
- Should I Make My Own Cover?
If you have some graphic design experience and image editing software, it’s possible to make your own cover. If not, you can find someone online to do it for a reasonable cost. Check out the graphic designers on Fiverr.com for a start.
- Where Should I Publish My eBook?
I recommend using Amazon’s KDP Select for the required 90 days then also publishing your book on Smashwords to have it distributed to the other retailers.
- What Format Does It Need To Be?
Amazon requires your eBook to be in the .mobi format. Apple, Sony, and Barnes & Noble, use the .epub format. SmashWords accepts Word documents that are formatted to their requirements and will use its “Meat Grinder” to reformat the eBook for the various retailers. If you want to have your book available on your website, the .pdf format is great for having your eBook read online.
- Do I Need An ISBN?
An ISBN is a unique number that identifies your book. Many eBook retailers require an ISBN number in order for them to stock your eBook on their digital shelves. SmashWords and other retailers offer a free ISBN if you publish with them. An ISBN is not required to publish content with Kindle Direct Publishing. Amazon will provide you with a free ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number). To purchase your own ISBN visit Bowker Identifier Services.
- Promoting Your eBook
Once you’ve submitted your book to the various retailers, your work is done, right? Wrong! Now the fun really starts. This is where all of your social media work pays off, using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Empire Avenue, and Google+.