Publishing E-Books For Dummies
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Publish, market, and sell your own e-book.
Although creating an e-book seems fairly straightforward, it is not. You need to select and create a variety of formats that will be read on a variety of e-reader devices--and market and sell your book in a variety of ways.
Before you take the plunge, get this practical guide. With clear instruction and sensible advice, it will help you navigate the often confusing, time-consuming, and costly world of self-publishing an e-book. The book gives you solid marketing tips for selling your e-book, including using blogging and social media and how to build an online platform. It also discusses key technologies you'll encounter, including Smashwords, iBooks Author, Amazon, Microsoft Word, Open Office, Calibre, WordPress, E-junkie, and others.
- Helps readers navigate the confusing, time-consuming, and often costly world of self-publishing an e-book
- Provides both technical how-tos as well solid marketing advice on how to sell your e-book using Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and other social media sites
- Covers essential technologies, such as Smashwords, iBooks Author, Amazon, Microsoft Word, Open Office, Calibre, WordPress, and E-junkie
- Explores e-book devices, including Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader, Nook, iPad, and other tablets
- Delves into the nitty-gritty of e-book formats Before you self-publish your e-book, start first with Publishing eBooks For Dummies.
1. Position the cursor within a snippet of text that’s similarly formatted. It’s likely text formatted as Normal in your document. 2. Click the More button in the Styles gallery, in the lower-right corner of the Styles section (refer to Figure 4-4). Additional styles are revealed, as shown in Figure 4-10. Figure 4-10: Creating a new style. 3. Select the Save Selection As a New Quick Style option. The Create New Style from Formatting dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4-11. Figure 4-11:
images. If the source document contains several (unwanted) paragraph styles and needs to be cleaned up, follow the preceding steps, but leave Preserve Document Paragraph Style deselected in Step 4. iBooks Author automatically renders all paragraphs in the default style (no indent and with a blank space between paragraphs). Adding Multimedia Elements to Your E-Book In addition to using text and images, the e-book you create in iBooks Author can include multimedia, such as videos and
traditional publishers will be interested in your platform. If your goal is to attract a prestigious publishing house to your book, they’ll want to know whether you have a blog or an e-mail list with established fans. Social media accounts can be a useful addition to your platform, but I recommend building your own website as a home base. That way, you’re in full control, and you have a lot of flexibility in what you can provide. You can then use your Twitter account, Facebook page, or Goodreads
most about it? Encouraging readers to think about the benefit of reading your e-book increases the likelihood that they’ll buy from you again. It also offers proof to potential readers that your e-book is useful or entertaining. What was their biggest struggle with a certain topic? If you write nonfiction, it’s a useful way to form ideas for new blog posts, freebies, or even your next e-book. What is their favorite blog about a certain topic? Establish a good starting point on which bloggers
librarian who can help you by listing your e-book: Ask writers in your social network, such as Twitter or Facebook, for help. One of them is likely to be a Goodreads librarian (or to know someone who is). Go to www.goodreads.com/group/show/220-goodreads- librarians, and join the group; then post a request in the Adding New Books section. For more on Goodreads groups, see the later section “Joining Goodreads groups.” Figure 17-1: Adding a new book. Joining the author program After your book