5 Tips For Publishing Your eBook

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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+.

    JimsGotWeb offers promotion and marketing help to indie-authors.  From editing your book to make sure it doesn’t have spelling and grammatical errors, to helping you promote your “Free Days” and “Countdown” promotion, we can help!

    Here is a list of promotion and marketing services we offer:

    • Kindle “Free Days” and “Countdown” Promotion Help:
      I’ll help you with your Amazon promotion by submitting all of the necessary information to promotion websites and Facebook groups; including your book’s link, cover, description, dates of promotion, promotion price, and your author bio.
    • Write a powerful description:
      I will read your book and write a powerful description, with HTML included.
    • Request book reviews:
      I will contact reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads to get more reviews for your book.
    • Keyword Research:
      After reading your book, I’ll check keywords on Google and Amazon to find keywords that will bring a large amount of traffic to your book.
    • Choose Categories:
      After reading your book, I will choose appropriate categories so you’re book can rank in the top 100.
    • Manuscript Editing:
      One of the biggest complaints from readers leaving negative reviews is misspelling, incorrect grammar, and improper word usage. Let me proofread your book to make sure there aren’t any problems.
    • Book Cover Creation:
      Readers do judge a book by its cover, it’s the first thing they see. I have illustrators that can make you a new cover, if needed, or they will help improve your current cover to make sure it looks professional.
    • Social Media:
      If you need help setting up a Twitter, Facebook, or other social media accounts, I can do that for you and help you get “Likes” and “Followers” to your account.
    • Author Website Creation:
      I’ll set up a professional looking WordPress website that’s easy to maintain, so you can easily communicate with your readers.
    • eBook Conversion:
      I can convert your Word document into PDF, .mobi and .epub formats for all reading devices. This is great for sending out free review copies to readers.

    If you have promotion and marketing needs, let JimsGotWeb help.


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I write short stories, love to travel, install auto glass, and collect Beatles memorabilia.

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