How to Publish an Ebook

Would-be authors who want to know how to publish an ebook need not worry that the process will be too complex for beginners. It is actually easier to create an electronic book than to create a traditionally published book. (For a simple solution to getting your physical book in print, read my article on CreateSpace publishing. For one thing, fewer steps are involved, and there is no need for expensive software. In fact, ebook authors and self  publishers can do everything by themselves, from start to finish, in a matter of weeks.

Consider some success stories from real people who figured out how to publish an ebook. Kelly Johns is the author of an ebook called The Sports Formula (thesportsformula.com), which he spent around just $47 to digitally publish. With a bit of marketing savvy, he is now earning over a million dollars a year in both in ebook sales and selling other products by way of his of his publication.

Barbara Jennings, the 60-year old owner of decorate-redecorate.com, got tired of leaving the house on a daily basis to earn a living, so she sat down at her dining room table and began a series of ebooks about her passions: interior design and home decorating. Since then, she has been able to double her regular income by writing and publishing ebooks on these topics while working only around five hours a week.

Any would-be author can succeed the way Kelly and Barbara have, with these five doable steps on how to publish an ebook.

how to publish an ebook

1. Select your preferred word processing program.

One of the most popular word processing programs for creating ebooks is still Windows Word. It can easily be transformed into a PDF file, which is fast becoming an industry standard because it’s simple enough to work with as far as writing and how to publish an ebook are concerned. There are also online equivalents of Word which you can use that are usually packaged with other applications. Research on the best options before selecting the one to use for writing your ebook with.

2. Make an outline for your ebook and then start writing.

As with regular book writing, making an outline is still a must to make the entire process easier and more organized (and with less editing in the end). Include all the main topics and sub topics you plan to incorporate in the ebook, as well as a list of possible sources to cite.

Another important thing to remember when figuring out how to publish an ebook: look up other ebooks dealing with the same subject you want to write about. It’s a good idea to fill in the information gaps not covered by these other ebooks so yours has something unique to offer to readers. When writing, do not be afraid to consult experts on the topic you chose, if you aren’t one yourself. All information in your ebook needs fact checking so you won’t run into problems about credibility after it’s published and ready to be sold.

3. Do proofreading and editing.This particular step on how to publish an ebook may require outside help, as proofreading and editing need a fresh perspective for things to be improved and corrected. This is because most writers get attached to their words. Again, do not be afraid to seek help from a professional editor because this will increase the quality of your work. A good editor can spot any problems, grammatical and spelling errors, and knows how to improve the tone and flow of the text.

4. Choose which format to publish your ebook in.

Ebooks can be produced for Kindle, the iPad, and other electronic formats. Amazon’s Kindle also makes it easy for would-be authors and publishers of ebooks to get on their Digital Text Platform but there are certain steps that you need to take to ensure the success of your work. The best way to do this is to take the real fast book course which teaches you step by step how to format your book for the different devices out there. Once you know how to do this, all you have to do is write and deliver good content to your readers and before you know it, you'll have a lucrative self publishing business without inventory or all the hassles or publishing your book in physical form although it's not a bad idea to offer this option too.

5. Apply for a copyright.

Before having your ebook distributed, follow this very important step with regard to how to publish an ebook: apply for a copyright. This is to protect your digital book and all its contents, including text and illustrations, from being plagiarized. (You do not have to have an ISBN number if you only plan to publish your book in digital form.)

Publish your ebooks quickly in a variety of formats (Kindle, Nook, iPad) and get your work up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for sale.

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