I wanted to do up an info page for you to share with you what I have learned through publishing 321 Stop – stop running and start living.
Publishing is incredibly easy now. If you want to be a published author you can be!
I have my book in pdf format, kindle, nook, and print. My very own book sits on my kindle and on my shelf.
I was shocked at how easy it was to do. It costs nothing to epublish and it costs about 6 (including shipping) to get a print copy for your shelf (nothing if you just want to sell print copies and not have one for yourself). There are lots of ways to spend money during the process that are well worth it, but nothing is required to actually publish.
Now, actually writing a book is just as hard as it ever was. However, if you can make yourself write, you can publish electronically and traditionally (paper).
Okay, here is what I used and what I recommend:
- I outlined the book on paper. A fancy programs Scrivener was recommended to me and has a 30 day free trial if you want to go high tech.
- I wrote the book on Open Office – I read that it works better than Word with links and such. I was very happy with it. It is free
Book writing took a few months and then the following setup/editing took about 3 more months.
- I got the header designed by Five J’s Design - I was super scared to spend the money, I hate spending money, but this was totally worth the money. Most people who write about creating an ebook stress spending money for a good cover design. I spent $150 for the cover design, $50 for the buttons, and $50 for the print book cover design. (she might charge more now and there might be cheaper places. I am just sharing what I spent to help you get an idea). You can create your own cover with some free programs (I have heard).
- I got three separate people (besides my husband and I) to do major edits – this is the other area where it is recommended to spend the money. About $45 an hour seems to be a decent price from my research. I got lucky and had lovely people who understand English much better help me at no charge.
- Edit, re-read, get others to edit, re-read – I did this so many times I started to hate my book. Now, looking back, I am super glad I did.
- I submitted my book to Flatbooks.com – This was totally random. This is a company that publishes photography books. I was shocked and excited that they took mine. I have the only non-photography book up there now…so if you have another lifestyle book …I need someone else to hang out with over there Here is the link to submit to them.
- Sent the book out to lots of bloggers and friends for reviews/giveaways – I am new on the writing/blogging scene and I must have wrote to about 250 people. …I didn’t hear back from lots, but it gave me the change to develop relationships with quite a few as well. It gave me a reason/excuse to reach out and make blogger friends. Being new, the more reviews you can get the better.
- I created a book website – I use godaddy.com for domains and wordpress hosting. There are other options out there but this is the one I have figure out. If you are blogging you already know some of this stuff… and if you aren’t blogging it is way easier to start a blog and then write a book. You need a way for people to see your writing for free and get to know/like you first. Here is some of my blogging help info.
- Set up a kindle version – follow this link and fill in the information. You need to upload a .doc (open office lets you save in this format). When it publishes they will send you a link to set up your book on international amazon sites as well.
- Set up a nook version – follow this link and fill in the information. Very similar to Kindle process. Both processes take about 12 hours to show up in the store for purchase.
- Set up a PDF version – export to PDF from Open Office. (it is a button on the top). Make sure that the type is a bit bigger than normal on your screen for all of these formats because they will probably be read on a smaller screen. Test out different fonts and sizes to see what you like the look of best on a reader.
- Print – This link will come after you publish on Amazon your kindle book as well. It is createspace.com. You find your book listing on Amazon and then go through the steps to create a print book. Also, very easy to follow. You will need to make changes to your book to make sure that it looks good in print (take out links and size pages to match book size). Ordering a print proof costs about $6 and you can check it out before you put it up for sale (and keep it on your shelf for a memory)
- Set up a paypal account to get payment for PDF books
- Set up an ejunkie account to sell PDF book as well as sign up affiliates. This site takes some time to figure out. It isn’t as easy as some of the other steps, but once you figure it out it is pretty simple. I have seen it recommended everywhere and it seems to work very well.
- Try and create as much buzz around a release as you can. This was hard for me because my blog is still not big and I don’t have many friends in the blogging world yet, but I did what I could and it was pretty fun. I asked people to tweet, and share on social media for me. I had close to 30 giveaways going on different sites. This takes time to set up because people will want to read the book before they agree to promote it and then they need to fit it into their blog schedule. I contacted people for reviews and giveaway set ups between 4 and 6 weeks before I wanted to release.
This is what I did. You can just do a simple book and just do a kindle or PDF format very easily without all the extra steps. I have sold the most books on Amazon Kindle format and PDF is very easy for people who don’t have a kindle reader (they can also print and read if they prefer from a PDF file)
Hope that helps. If you are thinking of writing a book I want to encourage you. The writing and editing is hard work, but actually getting it out to the public is now incredibly easy. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of these steps.
Two places that have way more detailed information and that I learned a lot from were: